Barajas sparks a celebration

first_imgEdgar Barajas scores so many goals for the San Fernando High boys’ soccer team that they’ve become a common occurrence, rarely generating such excitement. But Wednesday, the second-seeded Tigers went wild after Barajas’ 29th goal of the season in the final minute that gave them a 2-1 victory over visiting North Hollywood in the second round of the City Section playoffs. San Fernando defeated North Hollywood 2-0 in the Hart tournament final in December. “They were better prepared this time,” Mejia said. “If we had come in with that game in mind, thinking they would play like they did before, we’d have been in trouble. We were prepared, too.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Fernando, which extended its undefeated streak to 18 games, advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals. “I was very, very relieved,” Tigers coach Norman Mejia said of his reaction to Barajas’ goal. “You saw me over there, I don’t usually get like that. It was a sigh of relief.” center_img The score had been tied since San Fernando’s Moises Alvarez tallied in the 13thminute on a play set up by a corner kick. Erick Aguilar gave North Hollywood (14-5-6) the initial lead in the sixth minute. The Huskies had the majority of the scoring opportunities in the second half before Barajas converted his seventh shot of the game. The senior forward admitted the Tigers (20-2-3) were starting to get nervous about the prospect of having their playoff fate determined in overtime, especially against a team that was coming off an overtime win. “Yeah, we were, a little,” Barajas said. “They kind of were dominating us at the end. We got the goal when we needed it. I was confident we’d pull it out, but it was nice not to have to do it in overtime. … I’ve got to give them credit, they gave us a good game.” last_img read more

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