Arroyo to face Bassett without top scorer

first_imgArroyo High School’s boys soccer team will likely be without leading scorer Victor Cardenas for today’s CIF-Southern Section Division V quarterfinals game at Bassett. Cardenas was ejected from Wednesday’s win over Pasadena Poly after receiving a controversial red card when the referee ruled he went in cleats up against Pasadena Poly’s goalie while pursuing a loose ball. “It was very unjust, very unfair,” Arroyo coach Jorge Ramirez said. “In our opinion, and having reviewed it on tape, it was a bad decision by the referee. We’re going to appeal it.” Ramirez contends that Cardenas was going for the ball and he and the goalie converged on it at the same time. Cardenas did get a piece of the ball, according to Ramirez, and therefore shouldn’t have been penalized. The Knights aren’t likely to win the appeal, and even if they did, Ramirez said Cardenas may not be healthy enough to play because of the pounding he received. “We’re not a one-player team,” Ramirez said. “We’re very strong everywhere. I have a lot of confidence in my defense. We shut out a lot of good teams during the year. Obviously, up front we won’t be as strong.” Today’s game is a local showdown that could be hampered by rain, but it won’t be as big of an issue on Bassett’s field turf as it would be on a grass field. Don’t try telling that to Ramirez, though. “I’d rather play on natural turf,” he said. “It’s going to be like a slip-and-slide out there. I’m sure they’ll have an advantage because they’re used to playing on that field. It will affect both teams, but it will effect us more because we’ve played only one game on artificial turf.” Arroyo, which won the Mission Valley League this season, is 17-3-4. Bassett won the Montview League this season and downed the division’s top-seed, Sultana, on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals. center_img The Olympians are 17-3-2 and haven’t lost a game since Dec. 18 against La Puente. Bassett owns wins over Mission Valley League teams Mountain View and South El Monte. “I think we’re going to be similar teams,” Ramirez said. “They appear to be very strong. I think it will be a pretty even game.” Two other local teams remain alive in the boys soccer postseason. South Hills downed Division III’s top seed, Santa Ana, on Wednesday. The Huskies visit La Habra in today’s quarterfinals. Baldwin Park kept its run in Division IV going by beating Perris on Wednesday. The Braves host Pacifica of Oxnard today. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more