Boys Soccer: Eden Crespo fuels Lake View sectional semi victory
Updated: October 25, 2012 5:55PM
Lake View and Prosser required no introductions. Except this time the loser went home for good.
Eden Crespo was the difference.
Playing for the third time this year, Lake View senior Eden Crespo scored the go-ahead goal in the 25th minute the Wildcats parlayed into an impressive 2-0 victory over the Falcons in a Class 2A Ridgewood Sectional semifinal Wednesday in Norridge.
Lake View (12-3-2) advances to meet host Ridgewood Friday for the sectional championship. Lake View defeated Prosser on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the city tournament. The teams tied during their conference game.
This is the first time the Wildcats have qualified for a sectional final since the 2008 team finished fourth in the state.
Crespo’s goal changed the complexion of the game. “The first goal was really important because I really thought up until then, we were playing kind of nervous,” he said. He controlled a long free kick and blasted it by the Falcons’ keeper.
“I saw the ball in the air, and I bodied the defender and just took it over with my speed,” he said.
The goal was Crespo’s team-leading 11th of the season.
“He’s very goal hungry,” Lake View coach Fernando Rodriguez said of his star. “He has one vision to score the goal. There aren’t many kids like that, where their sole purpose is to win. He has the drive, to take four or five guys on.”
Junior Falcons’ keeper Ivan Bustos enabled the Falcons to remain close, recording two spectacular second-half saves on point blank Lake View shots. Junior midfielder Jesse Presa had a good look on a header, but it drifted wide left.
“We just acted like the score was still zero-zero,” Crespo said.
Sophomore Jeff Boateng provided an insurance score in the 78th minute when he blasted in a ball just outside the box for the final margin. “First off, one goal is not enough,” Boateng said.
“I had some chances, and I missed two other scoring chances in the first half, so I had to come through.”
Host Ridgewood denied an all-Public League final when they edged Payton 1-0 on forward Adam Yaghmour’s goal in the 64th minute.
Payton (8-5-5) failed to convert in the opening minute on a scintillating set piece, and they never generated another serious scoring threat. “It’s tough beating a team that plays with that kind of confidence, and that’s been our problem the whole year, difficulty scoring, especially early, that lets the team gain confidence the longer the match goes on,” Payton coach Erick Kuchii said.