An angel helped Poly High defeat Garfield, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round of the City Section soccer playoffs Tuesday.
With 10 minutes to play, forward Angel Marron fielded a corner kick, shuffled his feet and booted the ball past Garfield goalie Alfonso Gil to break a 1-1 tie.
"He's my offense in the middle," Poly Coach Frank Sandoval said about Marron. "He sets up the plays."
Marron usually sets up the plays for forward Juan Carlos Veloz, the East Valley League's leading scorer with 17 goals. But when Garfield concentrated on containing Veloz, Poly had to adjust.
"We try to work it to Veloz and if an opening occurs, we take it," Sandoval said. "But if it doesn't work, we try to get the ball to another guy."