Men’s Soccer - Hartnell and Taft face off yet again

Men’s Soccer - Hartnell and Taft face off yet again

On November 21, 2017, #2 seed Hartnell, hosted the #7 seed City College of San Francisco for the second round of Northern California regional playoffs. CCSF had just defeated the #10 seed De Anza 3-2. Meanwhile, Hartnell impressively handled Napa Valley 7-0, with the help of Anthony Hurtado’s (#7) 2 goals. Both teams played at high intensity the whole time however, Hartnell opened the scoreboard with a corner kick by Esteban Barragan (#23) that got through few CCSF defenders and allowing Luis Mendoza (#6) to score the first goal of the game putting Hartnell on the lead at minute 38’. Mendoza’s goal was the only goal of the game giving the Panthers a 1-0 win against CCSF, allowing them to move further into the playoffs; this was also Hartnell’s 11th shutout of the season. Next up was the #3 seed Taft; the match was held on November 25, 2017. It was Hartnell’s third playoff home game, but most importantly a rematch from last year. These Northern California teams had similar arsenal and outstanding defenses so points were going to be wellearned. With both teams playing fast-paced and little substitutions happening, the game went into extra time. Taft was given a nice transition play and scored in the 100’ minute mark putting them in the lead. Hartnell did not waste any time and attacked furiously to get back in the game, after a nice corner kick that Hartnell Sophomore, Christian Santibanez (#3) headed well enough to score, but Taft’s keeper had an incredible save. Taft was able to put in one more goal before the game and ended up with a 2-0 win over the Panthers. Hartnell’s season came to an end that day, finishing with an overall record of 17-3-3 (.804) and a conference record of 10-1-2 (.846) that earned the Coast Conference championship earlier this year. Congratulations Panthers on a successful season!