GREENFIELD — Greenfield High boys’ soccer team lost to Seaside Spartans on Jan. 6, but last week the Bruins avenged that loss as they continued to show why they are one of the top teams in the Pacific Coast Athletic League.

Anyone not paying attention to what the Bruins have been doing on the pitch this season is missing out on one of the best teams in the league who are currently in first place in the Mission Division.

Entering last week, the Bruins were in second place behind the Seaside Spartans, which had one of the best records in the PCAL going 12-1-2 in the division. The main reason for the Bruins being in second was they had lost to the Spartans by 3-2 on Jan. 6.

With the regular season coming to a close, the Bruins needed to keep winning to keep pace with Seaside until they faced them for the second time last Friday, Jan. 27.

To begin the week, Greenfield was matched up against Palma for the third time this season. In the first two games, the Bruins were able to defeat Palma, and that wouldn’t change in the third game, as they beat them 5-1.

In the three matches this year, the Bruins outscored Palma 8-2.

Now, the Bruins had a date with the Spartans and the winner would take over first place in the Mission Division. Greenfield was able to take care of business, beating Seaside 3-2. Leading the way was Bruins player Hector Garcia, who had one goal and one assist.

One of the reasons for the Bruins’ success this season is Garcia, who has scored 15 goals and is second in the PCAL, according to league records.

Greenfield now has one of the best records in the league at 11-2-2. They are behind Alisal (12-1-3), who is one of the best teams in California, and Seaside (13-2-2).

The road to the Mission Division title goes through Greenfield. As long as the Bruins win out, they will be able to capture their second title in a row.

Next, the Bruins will host the Carmel Padres on Thursday, after they tied 1-1 with them this past Saturday in Carmel.

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Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.


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