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The Quartz Hill Rebels (Overall 9-4,League 8-2,National Rank 416,CARank 152), continue with their winning ways. The rebels winning streak stands at 5 and they are 8-2 in their last ten games. AV High School (Overall 6-7-1, League 3-6,National Rank 1394, CA Rank 576) were not to be taken lightly.

AV High School brought out their "A" game versus the rebels. The antelopes moved the ball very well and took short and long range shots that were blocked by the rebels defense and goalkeeper.

In the first fifteen minutes of the game, the rebels were able to quickly counter. Damien Montoya took possesion of the ball and quickly sent a long pass to Victor Jimenez, whom was able to strike the ball pass the incoming rushing goalkeeper into the right bottom of the net.

The first goal would not deter the home team and they continue to play their style of play. The game became more physically challenge and the home team would continue to push their lines up trying to equalize the game. However, the rebels would continue to hold their defensive posture and were able to maintain the home team at bay.

The second goal would come before the end of the first half, when Kaylon Williams would redirect a lob pass to Matthew Gameiro, whom would regain control with his left foot and took a strike with his right foot to place the ball pass the goalkeeper.

At the start of the second half, the home team would score their first goal of a penalty kick, to make the score to 2-1 and the home crowd would become energized. The atmosphere of the game became very difficult for the visiting rebels. The home crowd seem to be too much at times for the referee and some questionable calls were made. At one point, the referree would ask several away parents to leave the field for questioning and expressing their frustrations with some of the calls. However, when the home crowd would use the profanity, nothing was done. This type of behavior needs to be addressed equally.

The home team continue to bring their offensive preasure to the rebels and were able to capitalize to equalize the game. The goal would send the home crowd wild and you could feel the momentum switching to the home team.

The remaining part of the game, both teams would bring their "A" game, taking multiple shots towards goals and the rebels were having a difficult time putting the ball on frame. Nevertheles, the rebels continue to fight until the final whistle . In injury time, Victor Jimenez was able to get control of a missed clear ball by the home team and striked it pass a sea of defenders to score the winning goal and earning him the “man of the match” honor.

Coach Rob had this to say on his team's performance, "I am Extremely proud of the boys tonight. AV away is always a very difficult game. They are a well coached and organized team that can explode on offense at any given time. But our boys stepped up to the plate when we could have folded. They responded to the pressure and I am extremely proud of them. All 26 were needed for the win and we have to continue to keep working and get ready for Wednesday."

Next up for the rebels: at home vs Highland HS @ 4:30pm

Next up for the antelopes: away vs Pete Knight HS @ 4:30pm

Photography by William Ortiz

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