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MENDIOLA CLASSICO: Valley edges tourney host EU to win boys title
Ervin Mendiola Classico
East Union’s Gio Perez (7) heads the ball over Patterson’s Dominik Gallegos. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

With 13 minutes left in the championship game of the Premier Pool in the Ervin Mendiola Classico boys tournament Saturday at Woodward Park, Valley pulled out the win over tournament host East Union 1-0 with a well-placed shot. 

“A 1-0 loss to a great team in preseason is something to build on,” Lancers coach Ronnie Green said. “Overall the boys are progressing at a great pace and the other coaches and I are excited for the upcoming season.”

Just prior to the eventual game-winning shot by the Vikings (6-0-1) of Sacramento, East Union goalie Andreas Garcia made a diving save on a penalty kick to keep the score 0-0. The Valley goal was the only goal surrendered by Garcia in the four-game tournament.

East Union (3-2) travels to Turlock on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Gio Perez and Orian Germann teamed up for both Lancers goals in the semifinal tilt, a 2-0 victory over Patterson.

Perez – who won the tournament’s Golden Boot Trophy for the six goals he scored – took a pass from Germann early in the second half and maneuvered his way for a shot for the 1-0 East Union lead.

“On the first one I noticed he didn’t see me on his back,” Perez said. “He didn’t check his shoulder and I took advantage of that. I cut, took another touch, faked the shot and put it in the bottom of the net since the goalie was on the other side.

“On the second goal I saw they cheated and left a lot of space in the back. I took advantage of it again, took a touch and shot it and it turned out good.”

Germann’s two assists were pinpoint passes.

“I am just doing what is best for the team,” Germann said. “Setting my teammates up so we can try and get the win and that’s what we did.”

Perez scored all the goals in Friday’s 1-0 win over McClatchy of Sacramento and 3-0 win over Mountain House.