In a nonleague game that might have North Coast Section Division I playoff implications, the visiting Liberty High boys soccer team defeated Mt. Eden 1-0 on Thursday.
The Lions (3-2-0) have won three straight games and look like a team that will vie for a playoff spot and perhaps a Bay Valley Athletic League title. Mt. Eden (7-4-3) will look to get back on track in West Alameda County Conference play after New Year's Day.
"I'm very happy with how we played," Liberty assistant coach Jorge Velazquez said. "I like that we stayed organized and kept mental focus the whole game."
Staying organized helped Liberty fight off a potent Monarchs attack, as the Lions defense was stingy despite the home team controlling the possession and having more opportunities.
Liberty keeper Eduardo Morales also played a big role, as he had eight saves. Liberty scored on a quick counter in the 32nd minute when Eric Reynoso's cross was put in by Edgar Ordaz.
"We've been talking about maintaining our shape, and sometimes we do and other times we don't," Mt. Eden coach Jonas Alvarez said. "They got us on a quick counter, and we made a defensive mistake."
Heritage 57, University-Irvine 50: The Patriots (8-2) used its half-court man-to-man defense to limit University to five points in the first quarter, and Heritage never trailed in this first-round West Coast Jamboree Platinum Division game at
Erin Asher scored a team-high 15 points for Heritage, and teammate Lexie Campbell had 14 points, including four 3-pointers.
Sabrina Engelstad had seven of her 10 points in the Patriots' 18-5 first-quarter run.
San Lorenzo 73, Foothill 72: Ali Faruqbey converted an off-balance runner at the buzzer for the winning points in this first-round Tim Cole Memorial Tournament game. He scored a team-high 25 points for San Lorenzo (8-2).
Cory Frederickson of Foothill (3-5) scored a game-high 33 points.