first_imgDOWNEY – Viewpoint of Calabasas survived a goal in the first two minutes. But it was a penalty kick by Animo Leadership of Inglewood in the final two minutes of the first half that wound up being too much for the Patriots to overcome in the Southern Section Div.VI boys’ soccer championship. Patrick Handy tied the score in the 29th minute for third-seeded Viewpoint (20-1-6), which had allowed only two goals in the playoffs and 10 the entire season before Saturday. But after being fouled near the right edge of the penalty box, Aleman buried a shot in the lower-left corner of the net for his 43rd goal of the season. “We were definitely challenged. They had us a little mixed up (on Handy’s goal) and I think our guys were on their heels a little bit,” Animo coach Sergio Medrano said. “But we made some adjustments at halftime and I thought our kids did a great job in the second half.” The Patriots controlled the first 20 minutes of the second half, with sophomore Evan Raynr almost netting the equalizer on three occasions and senior Spencer Brown missing wide on an opportunity inside the penalty area. Roberto Alvarez then dashed any hopes of a Viewpoint comeback in the 64th minute, bending a 20-yard free kick around the Patriots’ wall and inside the right post to increase the lead to 3-1. Rafael Baca, who scored in the second minute, added his 55th goal of the season with three minutes remaining to put a cap on the Aztec Eagles’ first championship in program history. “When you play a good team like Animo, you have to bury your chances,” Kikugawa said. “Sergio said afterward that we were the only team all year to push them like that. We played about as well as we could, but they just had too much power.” Viewpoint became the first team to score against the top-seeded Aztec Eagles in the postseason, but Animo used the momentum of Johnny Aleman’s penalty shot to net two second-half goals, completing a perfect 30-0 season Saturday with a 4-1 victory at Downey High’s Allen Layne Stadium. “That’s a tough call to swallow,” said Viewpoint coach Travis Kikugawa, whose team had its 26-match unbeaten streak snapped in the program’s first finals appearance. “To have that happen in the final two minutes of the half when it’s 1-1 in a championship game definitely hurts. But take no credit away from Animo, they’re a great team.” center_img Animo’s four goals gave them 28 in the playoffs and 182 on the season, smashing the previous state record of 147 held by Jesuit of Carmichael in 2003. [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!last_img