Mission Hills coach Jacob English guided the Grizzlies to a San Diego Section title this season.
Mission Hills senior Abel Munoz has made the most of his only varsity season in boys soccer.
Back after a year away from the game, Munoz assisted on the only goal in the San Diego Section Division III final as the top-seeded Grizzlies went from a three-win season a year ago to first-time champions with a 1-0 victory over San Diego at Mesa College on Saturday.
“It’s very special,” said Munoz, a JV player for two seasons. “I wanted to play again, do well for the team, and here we win the (section title).”
Abraham Suazo scored off a crossing pass from Munoz five minutes before halftime to provide the difference in the first final for Mission Hills (19-3-3).
“I just had to get the opportunity,” said Suazo, a third-year varsity member. “I knew we weren’t going to get that many. Having one was good enough. I made sure that I took care of it.’’
The Grizzlies limited No. 3 San Diego (16-8-1) to two shots on goal in its first final since 2008.
“Our guys came together this season,” Mission Hills coach Jacob English said. “They’re brothers. They worked for each other, and that pulled us through.”
Mission Hills gave notice of a turnaround this year with a 15-game unbeaten streak to open the season.