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New-look Cougars impress in Buff Cup win

Eduardo Pacheco controls possession on the right wing.

BRANDON PETERSEN/The Bulletin


POSTED September 4, 2009 12:00 a.m.
It’s a new season at Weston Ranch High, and with it has come a number of new faces, but most importantly, a new attitude, one that head coach Carlos Gaspar is convinced will lead to a number of victories.

The Cougars picked up win No. 1 Thursday at Guss Schmiedt Field, a 3-0 shutout over Livingston in the first round of the 2nd Annual Buffalo Cup.

David Molina scored both of the Cougars’ first-half goals, one off an assist from Margarito Juarez, and another off a help from Abraham Bustamonte.

“We have less talent on the team this year, but we’re playing much better,” Gaspar said. “My goal was to change the team up, and we’re looking good. We’re trying to build a program, but the kids need to keep their grades up – that’s the most important thing.”

Gaspar said that after Molina made it 2-0, the natural inclination was to let up. But after the head coach drove the point home, Weston Ranch fired back up and put the game away early in the second half.

Christian Ascencio made it 3-0 when he headed home a cross off a midfield free kick from freshman Eduardo Pacheco, who is one of the younger players that has made an immediate impact for Gaspar.

“Eddie saw me, he crossed it, and I just jumped up and hit it over the goalie’s head,” Ascencio said. “I was just like ‘Woo, beautiful.’”

The Cougars were able control possession most of the afternoon and played primarily in the Wolves’ zone.

After a close loss to Franklin in the season-opener, and Thursday’s clean sheet of Livingston, Ascencio likes what he sees out of his teammates.

“We’re looking better than last year,” he said. “We have some freshmen that are stepping up, for example, Eddie. He’s stepped it up a lot and he’s one of our leaders on defense. Then you have Chewy, our goalie, he’s going a great job.

“Offensively, we had some good balls and some great shots today. So we’re right there. We’re going to have a good season.”

Gaspar echoed Ascencio’s assessment.

“I’m really proud of them,” he said. “We have a good team this year.”

The Cougars (1-1) head to Chavez today for a tough match with the Timberwolves Cup champion, before returning to Manteca High Saturday for the second round of the Buffalo Cup.

Sierra 2, Tracy 1

The Timberwolves (4-4) did their damage within the first 20 minutes, as David Reyes and Braian Gomez each scored to mount a 2-0 lead.

After that, the whistles took over. Tracy sliced the deficit in half six minutes into the second half with a penalty kick.

“It was a real good game for maybe 20 out of the 80 minutes,” Sierra coach Jose Montes said. “After that it was whistle after whistle. It was just ugly. There were over 40 fouls, but I was glad to see the kids keep their composure.”

Sierra next hosts West at home.

Ripon 4, Delhi 1

The Indians (3-0) continued their early-season roll at Mistlin Park Thursday.

Bryant Macias scored twice to lead the way, but his first goal in the 15th minute was one for the highlight reel after stripping a defender of possession, juking another with slick ball handling and driving it home from about 30 yards out.

Matty Gay had two assists, while freshman phenom Arik Anaya and David Paden added a goal each.

Ripon opens the Big Valley Tournament in Modesto today at 2 p.m. against Stone Ridge/Rite of Passage.

— Bulletin sports editor Jonamar Jacinto contributed to this report.

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