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Boys’ Soccer Roundup: Wilson, Millikan Play Messy Draw

Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at Wilson kept the Bruins atop the Moore League standings while the chase pack kept pace.

Wilson 2, Millikan 2
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The point moved Wilson (10-6-4, 5-0-3) a step closer to its first Moore League title since the 2006-07 season. Millikan (12-4-5, 2-1-4) has won 10 of the last 11 league titles, but is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in decades.

“This is one of those games you circle on your calendar and you bring everything that you’ve got,” Wilson coach C.J. Brewer said. “We’ve got some guys who are injured but on the field because we needed them. They showed a lot of heart.”

“The thing I like about this team is that they show character,” Millikan coach Rod Petkovic said. “They were down twice and they came back. Sometimes when you give up a goal like the first goal you tend to put your head down. But these guys didn’t quit. I love their hustle and work.”

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Wilson took the lead in the 19th minute when a long knuckle ball shot from Jorge Montano got through the hands of Millikan goalkeeper Max Hints. The Rams scored a minute later when Cameron Bedal beat Wilson goalkeeper Norman Chang, but the Bruins retook the lead in the 23rd minute on a poorly defended 45-yard free kick served up by Javi Cervantez.

Seven minutes after halftime, Millikan junior Christian Monge took advantage of a defensive miscue and beat Chang with a nifty side-angle shot to cap the scoring. Millikan had more corner kicks (6) in the second half, but Wilson had more shots (11-6) in the game.

“It was a game of mistakes,” Brewer said. “On every goal there was a mistake made on the other end. We were able to capitalize when they made mistakes, and they did the same to us. Playing out of the front is nicer because we didn’t need to win. We knew that and we made adjustments because of that. But now we have to win the other games.”

LB Poly 2, Jordan 2
After Jossmar Briseno and Alan Avila gave the Jackrabbits (8-6-4, 2-3-2) a lead, the Panthers (3-2-5, 2-0-4) got two goals in the last eight minutes from Allen Cordoba and Ramiro Reyes to grab a point on the road.

Cabrillo at Lakewood
This game between the Jaguars (13-1-4, 3-1-2) and the Lancers (4-8-2, 1-3-1) has been postponed until Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Friday Schedule
Wilson at Jordan, Lakewood at Millikan, Compton at Cabrillo

STANDINGS
Wilson – 18 points (5-0-3)
Cabrillo – 11 points (3-1-2)
Jordan – 10 points (2-0-4)
Millikan – 10 points (2-1-4)
Poly – 8 points (2-3-2)
Lakewood – 4 points (1-3-1)
Compton – 0 points (0-7-0)

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JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.
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