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Feb 21, 2013 12:28 AM by Andrew Masuda

Righetti, Arroyo Grande boys soccer lose CIF second round matches

The Warriors battled until the very end, but their furious second half rally fell just short as the Righetti boys soccer team lost to Godinez 3-2 in the second round of the Division 5 CIF playoffs Wednesday night.

The Pac 7 League champion Warriors finished the season 15-9-1.

Godinez's Andrew Soriano scored in the very first minute of the game. He added another in the 11th minute off a throw in to give the visiting -- a commanding 2-0 lead into halftime. Eric Torres scored early in the second half to put Righetti behind 3-0 in the 48th minute. That's when the Warriors got things going offensively.

Emmanuel Zarate sent a header on a spectacular play to the back of the net to put Righetti on the board in the 58th minute. Ten minutes later, Jordan Pollard headed in a corner kick to cut the deficit to one.

A Godinez player received a red card so his team was forced to play the rest of the way with 10 men on the field instead of 11. The Warriors had a few good chances the rest of the way, but could not deliver the equalizer. Sophomore star Jorge Guzman headed a ball that looked like it would tie it with 3:45 to go, but the Grizzlies goalie made a great diving save to deflect it away.

The Warriors will lose eleven seniors to graduation, including captain Francisco Zepeda (7 goals,11 assists) and Gustav Jarpehag (5 goals, 8 assists).

Arroyo Grande lost 1-0 at Tahquitz in Hemet on Wednesday. The Eagles had several scoring opportunities in the match, but could not convert them. Arroyo Grande ended the season 15-10-1 overall. The only goal of the game came in the 15th minute when a Tahquitz player headed in a ball off a throw-in.

Tahquitz, a wild card team that upset the 2nd seed in the first round, improved to 12-8-5 and advanced into the quarterfinals.

The Central Coast went 0-4 in boys soccer second round games. League champions Righetti and Santa Ynez lost home matches. Righetti fell 3-2 to Godinez and Santa Ynez lost 1-0 to La Sierra. Nipomo lost 3-1 at home to Palmdale.

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