Friday, Feb 22 2013 11:30 PM

Delano silences Chowchilla for first section title


Top-seeded Delano broke a scoreless tie with two second-half goals for a 2-0 victory Friday over Chowchilla in the Central Section Division IV championship.

David Garcia and Rafael Gutierrez each scored for the East Yosemite league champion Tigers (22-5-2), who earned the program's first section crown.

The third-seeded Redskins (19-5-6, who won the North Sequoia League championship, managed only three shots on goal against a stout Tiger defense.

Delano goalie Javier Inriquez made two saves in the first half and one in the second half.

Senior Oscar Torres set up both Delano goals.

Six minutes, 46 seconds into the second half, Torres headed a pass to Garcia, who scored what proved to be the game-winner.

Twenty minutes later, Torres fed Gutierrez for the final score.

Delano's offense was aggressive throughout, peppering Redskins goalkeeper Christian Garcia with 12 shots.

No. 1 Orosi 2, No. 3 Cesar Chavez 0

OROSI -- Top-seeded Orosi scored two goals in three minutes midway through the first half on the way to a Section Division V championship.

Chavez finishes 14-9-1. Orosi is 21-8-1.

It was the first championship game for any Chavez team in the school's 10-year history, according to coach Ommar Solis. "It was hard-fought," Solis said. "They out-hustled us to the ball. They were playing long ball -- kick and chase, kick and chase. That's opposite to our style, which is touch-touch-touch. We couldn't get any rhythm going."

"For us, it was a monster season," Solis said. "From the start we played pretty good teams. Almost every team we played in league and pre-season were in divisions higher than us.

"Just making a run in the playoffs was something our team pulled off. It was a good experience for the boys."

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