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El Cajon Valley wins title with United Nations roster

03/03/2017, 10:05pm PST
By Ed Wehde

El Cajon Valley celebrates its Division V championship Friday night.

El Cajon Valley took advantage of its first opportunity for a section title.

The Braves, who hadn’t advanced past the first round since 2012, handed O’Farrell a 2-0 setback in the San Diego Section Division V boys soccer final at Mission Bay High on Friday to win their first championship in their initial appearance in the title tilt.

“It feels great,” Braves junior Luis Murillo said. “We’ve been working really hard to get right here. Now that we can finally say we got it, it feels great. I can’t explain.”

Murillo and senior Wahib Awarek provided the goals for top-seeded El Cajon Valley (19-6) — the Grossmont Valley League champion whose roster contains students from six countries, including 17 from Iraq.

“Soccer is the universal language,” El Cajon Valley coach Antonio Lavenant said. “These boys grew up playing it. They come from different parts of the world, and they came together here at El Cajon. Language is not a barrier because they all speak the same language of soccer.”

No. 10 O’Farrell (10-10-4) had qualified for the postseason only once before and had never won a playoff game before this year, the program’s fifth season.

Wehde is a freelance writer.

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