Although City officials termed it an exhibition, Poly High viewed Friday night's third-place soccer playoff match against Kennedy as a chance for redemption.
"Kennedy was always the team to beat when we were in the Mid-Valley League so it was easy to get up for tonight," senior midfielder Angel Marron said. "We wanted to let them know that the East Valley League has some good teams, too."
Kennedy needs no convincing after Poly's 3-0 victory at Westchester High on Friday night.
Polytechnic (14-2-2), which won the East Valley League title after playing in the Mid-Valley League for several seasons, took a 1-0 lead late in the first half after a breakdown in the Kennedy defense.
After receiving a clearing pass from midfield, junior Jesus Perez found himself in a situation that forwards dream about--one-on-one with the opposing goalkeeper. As Kennedy's onrushing Zoltan Kallos tried to block the shot, Perez calmly lofted the ball over him into the net.