Yellowjackets overcome a slow start to defeat the Eagles

Colton High School boys soccer team pulled away in the second half to defeat league opponent Eisenhower High School, 6-3


Alyssa Guadalajara

Julian De La Cerda scores an early goal on a free kick against Eisenhower.

Colton, CA—The Yellowjackets may have been feeling a little overconfident heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Eisenhower Eagles at Memorial Stadium. They entered the game in sole possession of first place in the San Andreas league, and had already destroyed the Eagles 7-1 at Eisenhower on Jan. 6.

The Eagles, however, came in with a lot of pride, and at least for the first half, gave the Yellowjackets a tough match. Colton eventually pulled away with a three goal second half and improved to 5-1-0 as they defeated Eisenhower, 6-3.

Team captain Julio Soberanes looked for the silver lining in the victory. “It was not our best performance,” he said, “but we can take it as a learning experience to not start off slow.”

The first half was a wild back-and-forth as the two teams went into the break tied at 3-3. Colton’s goals were scored by Julio Soberanes, Julian De La Cerda, Miguel Marcelo. De La Cerda, who recently joined the team, was playing his first home game of the season, and was fired up about scoring a goal on a free kick.

“I was just trying to aim it where I should place it,” De La Cerda said. “After I scored it, I just looked at the crowd and looked at my parents.”

In the second half, Colton found their game and dominated the Eagles, scoring three more goals and putting the game out of reach for the visitors. Bryan Hernandez, Manuel Alonso scored for the Yellowjackets.

Colton’s short home stand continues on Friday, as they take on the visiting Kaiser Cats. Game time is 5:45 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.



Girls soccer traveled to Eisenhower to play the Eagles, losing 1-0. This loss drops their record to 2-2-2, putting them in fourth place in the San Andreas League. They will travel to Kaiser High on Friday night to play the last place Cats.