3A Jefferson soccer handles feisty 4A Alameda

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LAKEWOOD - The Saints picked up where they left off last season, marching to an impressive opening season victory.

Jefferson boys’ soccer beat feisty Alameda 3-0 Thursday at Lakewood Memorial Field.

The Saints got a goal and an assist from senior leader and team captain Chris Armstrong, who might prove to be one of the best players in all of 3A this season.

In addition, senior’s Jose Gamboa and Jose Vasquez both recorded goals as a part of the Saints impressive season opener.

“It wasn’t easy, they played us tough but we have a lot of good players and we showed that today,” Armstrong said.

Despite the score Alameda played well and even dominated some of the action in spurts.

The Pirates didn’t have a preseason scrimmage and it showed early in the action.

But once Alameda got it going they had several good scoring opportunities, they just couldn’t convert.

“The final score wasn’t an indication of how good our guys played today. It’s early in the season, we will execute better,” Alameda coach Steve Houwen said.

But let’s not forget about Jefferson’s goaltender that was perhaps the biggest reason why the Saints were able to record the shutout.

Senior Jesus Lozano made several very tough saves that never allowed Alameda to get into the game.

Lozano was named player of the game by his coach Julio Ocana.

“It was a complete team effort today. We scored three goals but our defense and our goaltending were equally good today,” Ocana said.

Also impressive was the way Jefferson handled a 4A team in Alameda.

Despite the classification the Saints were never outclassed by the Pirates.

Ocana has created a tough early season schedule for his team trying to prepare them for not only another run at a league title but also a run at a state championship.

In just two short seasons Ocana has transformed a struggling program into one of the elite programs in all of 3A.

Ocana led Jefferson to a 27-7-1 record over the past two seasons, and the Saints improve to 1-0 in their 2013 campaign. Jefferson will host Lake County Friday at 4 p.m.

Alameda (0-1) will regroup and will host Bennett Tuesday at 4 p.m.