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Aztec Team Gets Wake-up Call

  • By Shel Segal

The Mark Keppel High boys’ soccer team got a wake-up call on Jan. 12 against visiting Schurr High.

The Aztecs gave up three first half goals – including a hat trick to Spartan forward Daniel Llanos – and fell ferociously to Schurr, 7-0, in the Almont League opener.

Keppel coach Emma Zamora said her team is very inexperienced and was just outplayed by the Spartan squad.

“We have a pretty young team,” said Zamora, whose Aztecs fell to 0-7 overall and 0-1 in league play. “We don’t have the experienced players. We’re going to continue to train. There’s going to continue to be progress.”

Zamora added at this point with her team, it’s not about winning or losing, but just improving.
“It’s all about the development of the players,” she said. “They’ve been getting better during the season.”

Schurr coach Tomas Haynes said this is the type of game his team has to win to be competitive in league play.

“These are the teams you try to get goals against early and stick to your game plan,” said Haynes, whose team improved to 5-4-3 overall and 1-0 in league.

Llanos agreed.

“It was a good game,” he said. “It was a good team effort.”

Llanos opened the scoring at the four-minute mark of the first half as he scored unassisted by taking the loose ball in from the right-hand side into a virtually open net.

Llanos scored again to open the second half on two consecutive goals – at the 10- and 18-minute marks to put Schurr ahead, 5-0. Both of those goals were on assists by Alexis Alonso.

Geovanni Velasco capped off the Spartan’s scoring at the 30-minute mark of the second half by heading in a corner kick from Gavino Haro.

In addition, Schurr outshot Mark Keppel, 18-3.

(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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