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By Zach Cavanagh
Soccer Teams Continue Unbeaten Starts
The San Clemente boys and girls soccer teams remain unblemished in the loss column to begin their 2021-22 seasons.
The Triton boys have played on a tight edge through their first five games, but San Clemente has a more than positive record at 3-0-2. The Tritons have three 2-1 wins and two 1-1 draws. Host San Clemente played Edison to a 1-1 draw on Monday, Dec. 13.
San Clemente has received scoring from a variety of spots, including seniors Hayden Beauchemin, Aidan Tarango and Niko Kaczmarcyzk, plus sophomore Max Gonzalez. Beauchemin had a two-goal game in a win over Orange Lutheran on Dec. 8.
San Clemente’s boys are next scheduled to play in the SoCal Nike Classic in Oceanside from Dec. 27-30 before starting league play against Capistrano Valley on Jan. 5.
The Triton girls have allowed only one goal over three games for a 2-0-1 record. San Clemente’s latest game came on Thursday, Dec. 9, when the Tritons won at Dana Hills, 4-0.
Junior Mackenzie Gutowski, sophomore Charleen Coche and freshmen Sophia Yeskulsky and Taylor Hernandez each scored against Dana Hills, and senior Emily Sanchez and junior Rylie McLeish put together their second combined shutout of the season with seven saves.
San Clemente’s girls host Oceanside on Thursday, Dec. 16, and then play in the vaunted Excalibur Tournament in Costa Mesa from Dec. 27-29. The Tritons open league play against Aliso Niguel on Jan. 4.
San Clemente boys basketball dropped its only game last week with a 66-54 loss at La Costa Canyon in Carlsbad on Thursday, Dec. 9. The Tritons have lost three in a row and play just once this week at Yorba Linda on Friday, Dec. 17. San Clemente then takes on Portola in the North-South Challenge on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Tesoro and hosts Dana Hills on Wednesday, Dec. 22.
San Clemente football senior offensive lineman Ethan Rooney was selected to the South roster for the Orange County All-Star Classic. The annual North vs. South game, presented by the Los Angeles Chargers and Costa Mesa United, is scheduled for Feb. 5 at Newport Harbor High School. The South is coached by San Juan Hills coach and San Clemente High School alumnus Rob Frith.
Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is multiple California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports. Email at email@example.com.