Winning league titles is normal at Palisades High but when it comes to boys soccer the Dolphins’ mindset is “nothing less will do.”
Tied 1-1 with Fairfax at halftime and in danger of falling out of first place, Palisades gave coach Marvin Lemus what he wanted—maximum effort for 40 minutes—and came away with a 4-2 victory in the rain Monday night. Coupled with University’s loss to LACES by the same score the Dolphins exited a soggy Stadium by the Sea atop the Western League with four games left.
Fairfax scored first in the 19th minute before Hudson Weinberger got the equalizer on a laser from 15 yards out off a centering pass from Jayce Jones five minutes before the 10-miute intermission.
Angel Diaz slammed home the rebound after Jones’ point-blank bid was saved in the six-yard box and the Dolphins led 2-1 in the 48th minute. The last two goals were by Weinberger and Noah Ferrero while Jones tallied two assists. He scored one of the goals in last Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over LACES and both goals in Friday’s 2-1 win at Venice.
On January 10, Palisades battled Universty to the last whistle. Josh Portela and Sonny Gethin scored for the Dolphins, but Mubarak Ndoley
banged in a rebound off a direct free kick from 25 yards away in the final seconds of regulation and it ended in a 2-2 stalemate. Palisades fell 3-1 to Animo Leadership on Jan. 17.
This page is available to subscribers. Click here to sign in or get access.