The562’s soccer coverage for the 2022-23 school year is Beach football club.
The562’s coverage of Millikan Athletics for the 2022-23 school year, Curtis Boyer.
The562’s Jordan Athletics report, John Ross, Class of 2013.
After a tumultuous season that tested their mettle and coolness, Millikan’s boys’ soccer beat Jordan 6-1 on Wednesday to clinch their first Moore League title since 2018.
“It feels great to have it back,” said Millikan captain Isaac Machuca. “People said our program was down, but we’re here to show it’s back. From the first second of the season, they named their group chat ‘2023 Moore League Champions’ and revealed it. We longed for it and we proved it today. ”
Millikan (13-4-7, 8-1-3) is unbeaten in eight games and needs to win the last three games of the regular season against Lakewood, Compton and Jordan to clinch the title. had.
The Rams overwhelmed Jordan, but the game started slowly after a long senior night ceremony.
“We had to touch the ball and play each other,” Millikan striker David Villanueva said. I was playing scared because of what was happening, but then I stuck with it and won.”
Millikan had four shots and two corner kicks in the 15-minute window to go for Jordan’s goal.
Aaron De Leon found Jalen Segal’s one-touch goal in the 30th minute before Juan Vázquez rebounded two minutes later to make it 3-0 at halftime.
Jordan’s Brandon Sanchez scored an excellent goal for the visitors in the second half. His six goals for the Rams came from his six different players, as Millikan’s Sergio Guerrero, De Leon and Rafael Gonzalez also scored after halftime.
“I think we have a really deep team,” said Millikan coach Jeff Schofield. And this group of seniors is a special group and I’m very proud that they’ve seen this.”
A backline led by Millikan goalkeeper Riley Cavares and Machuca limited Jordan’s total shot count to five.
“I saw him in my class this morning at 9:30 a.m. and he was already excited about the game,” Schofield said of Machuca. When I actually pulled him out of gym class, I said, “Why don’t you hang around the team?” Ultimately, he wanted to play in high school because he loves this kind of stuff. he is such a wonderful boy He is special and I love him. ”
De Leon believes the hotly contested Moore League has made his side better.
“I think it’s good to have competition. There are like five teams that can win, so it motivates each team to keep working,” De Leon said. “Competition, smack talk between teams, everything kept us motivated. It was the heart. Every time we said something, we achieved it. I didn’t just do it.”
“It was our season. We knew it from the beginning when we beat Cabrillo and we showed it tonight,” Villanueva added.
The playoff bracket for the CIF Southern section will be announced on Saturday.