The East Bay Athletic League soccer season is still in its early stages, but the California High boys soccer team still picked up a big three points with a 2-0 win over visiting Granada on Thursday afternoon.
The Grizzlies scored in the fifth and 68th minutes, and goalkeeper Derek Wilcox made five saves for the shutout.
"If you want to win this league, it's mandatory to get all three points at home," California coach Chris Faidley said. "We're not happy with the quality of our play today, and we could have easily lost those points because Granada played well and we couldn't handle their pressure."
The first goal came courtesy of a Nathan Grixti corner kick that John Massimino was able to head in. Grixti's second-half goal on a breakaway put the game away.
The Matadors (4-3-3, 1-2 EBAL) weren't pushed around by the Grizzlies, No. 2 in the Bay Area News Group East Bay's online rankings. Granada played even for most of the match but have now have lost 1-0 three times this season.
Though most of the match was even, California (12-0-2, 3-0-1) looked dangerous in front of the net on many occasions. Granada looked most dangerous on a pair of Marco Nalasco shots from outside the box.
Freedom 4, St. Mary's 0: Jorge Cendejas had a goal and two assists as the host Falcons (6-6) beat the Panthers (6-1-3) in a nonleague game.
Leading just 1-0, Freedom scored three goals in an 18-minute span in the second half. Chris Contreras made five saves for the shutout, while Luke Dennison made four saves for St. Mary's.
Bentley 64, Lick Wilmerding-San Francisco 61: Nate Ellis had 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Phoenix past the Tigers (9-5) in a nonleague game.
Ellis connected on three 3-pointers, and teammates Blake Kami and Mateen Hirbod also had three 3-pointers each as Bentley (13-0) continued its best start in school history.
Bentley plays Leadership-San Francisco on Saturday before it opens Bay Counties League-East against College Prep on Wednesday.
Dublin 65, Arroyo 53: The Gaels grabbed a 12-point lead at halftime and never looked back in a nonleague win over the host Dons.
Three players scored in double figures for Dublin (11-3), including Milan Moses, who had 17 points.
Luisa De Los Reyes had 22 points to lead Arroyo (6-6).
Dublin, which won the consolation championship of the West Coast Jamboree's Gold Division last month, has won four of its last five games. The Gaels open Diablo Foothill Athletic League play Monday against Acalanes.