Mendota’s Eddie Perez, left, does a header as he tries to direct the ball toward the goal, while Genoa-Kingston’s Ben Reams attempts to disrupt the play on Sept. 6 at the MHS field. Mendota’s Jack Massey moves in for assistance. (Reporter photo)
Mendota exploded in the second half for a 5-1 win over Byron in varsity boys’ soccer action on Sept. 4 at Byron.
Joel Escatel’s goal at 27:25 put the Trojans on top 1-0 and the scored stayed that way for the remainder of the first half. Yahir Diaz got the assist.
Escatel struck again early in the second half to make it 2-0, then Diaz found the back of the net off an assist from Jack Massey to make it 3-0.
Byron finally got on the board at 62:53, but the Trojans put the game on ice when Anthony Tolentino and Juan Sandoval drove home goals later in the half. Diaz and Josue Arteaga were credited with assists.
Mendota and Byron played to a 1-1 tie in the junior varsity game. Luis Garcia scored for the Trojans off an assist from Jose Ruiz.
It was another second-half surge that allowed Mendota to pull away from Genoa-Kingston for a 6-0 victory on Sept. 6 at the MHS field.
The Trojans got on the board just 6:17 into the contest when freshman Josue Arteaga found his classmate Diaz on a nice pass for a goal to make it 1-0. The two teams went scoreless for the next 31 minutes when Ivan Figueroa drilled home a goal off an assist from Emiliano Arteaga, and Mendota owned a 2-0 halftime lead.
The Trojans really poured it on in the second half with four goals to win in a rout. Scoring for Mendota were Escatel, Diaz, Eddie Perez and Tolentino. Assists went to Emiliano Arteaga, Josue Arteaga, Escatel and Perez.
Joel Figueroa was in goal for the Trojans.
Genoa-Kingston avoided the sweep with a 1-0 victory over Mendota.