HAYWARD -- The Hayward High boys soccer team showed why it is considered the team to beat in the West Alameda County Conference's Shoreline Division this season, as the host Farmers beat Tennyson 4-0 on Friday afternoon.
The Farmers scored two goals in each half and looked dangerous for much of the match, demonstrating that the league title will likely run through them.
"It doesn't surprise me," Hayward coach Alex Ortega said. "The team has grown up a lot since last year and they're learning to put games away."
Hayward (6-1, 1-1 WACC) put this game away early as Christian Mendoza and Joel Vazquez each scored before the half. But it was two goals within the first six minutes of the second half that helped the Farmers exact some revenge against the Lancers (2-3-2, 0-2), who knocked them out of the North Coast Section playoffs last season.
Rigo Castillo scored his East Bay-leading 13th goal in the first minute of the second half and Marco Udavd followed him up five minutes later.
Hector Melendez was under fire for much of the game and had seven saves for Tennyson.
Hayward will face Ygnacio Valley on Saturday afternoon in a nonleague battle between top Division II teams.