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Arlington, Poly boys soccer battle to a scoreless draw

By in Press Enterprise on January 12, 2018

By Dennis Pope

RIVERSIDE — It was a scoreless draw that both teams could walk away from feeling OK about.

Arlington put a few more shots on frame in the second half but neither the Lions nor visiting Riverside Poly could find a breakthrough goal in a 0-0 game that capped the first week of Inland Valley League play for both teams.

“We’ll take a tie on the road against these guys. They’re pretty good,” Poly head coach Alex Figueroa said. “For us to scratch out a tie shows mental toughness. I’m never thrilled with a tie but I’m not terribly upset with this one.”

Arlington senior goalkeeper John Samano made a flying save of a curling effort from Poly captain Ivan Cano in the first half to keep it even as the Lions (11-1-5 overall, 1-0-1 IVL) take four points from their first two league games.

“We probably ticked 9 out of 10 boxes, the last box being the finishing piece,” Arlington coach Kevin Watson said. “I think we neutralized what people say Poly does well, and overall I think we should be pleased with our boys.”

Samano, playing for the Lions for first time since his sophomore season, didn’t face a shot on goal in the second half as Arlington’s defense tightened its grip and allowed only three off-target shots. He finished with three saves.

“Cano had an upper-V bender and (Samano) flew vertical and he was even with the cross bar and saved it out. That was a game-changer.” Figueroa said. “I think my guys are starting to believe me know when I tell them, ‘League is harder.’”

Arlington senior midfielder Adrian Gomez had the best chance of the second half, but his right-footed daisy-cutter went under Poly’s goalkeeper and off the post before it was cleared by a Bears defender.

Poly senior keeper Miguel Lua was an […]    

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