Lowell blanks Balboa to remain undefeated

Led by senior captains Leo Harrington and Carlos Valadez, the Lowell High School boys’ soccer team cruised to a
4-0 win over visiting Balboa on Thursday to remain undefeated in Academic Athletic Association play.

Valadez and Harrington each had a goal and an assist for the Cardinals (6-0, 6-0), who dominated time of possession throughout.

“I was impressed with our performance,” said Lowell coach Marcos Estebez. “Leo, Carlos and Penn [Scoble] really provided us with a lot of support today.”

The Buccaneers (3-2-1, 3-2-1) took only one shot in the first half, but got an impressive performance from freshman Carlos Orellano, who started the game at goalkeeper and had five saves.

“Carlos played really well today, and it is a pleasure to know he is only a freshman,” said Balboa coach Wentworth Houston.
Still, the Cardinals controlled the attack and took 21 shots in the game, nine of which were on goal.

Even though the game was lopsided, Houston was happy with the Bucs’ effort.

“It was a good game for us,” said Houston. “Lowell is a tough team and the team had a mind-set that Lowell is better than us. We will learn from today and grow on it in the future.”

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