Alex Navarro, a sophomore playing his first varsity game after seven Brea-Olinda High School starters were benched for disciplinary reasons, scored the winning goal with four minutes to play in a 2-1 boys' soccer victory over Sonora Saturday at Brea-Olinda.
Coach Manny Toledo of Brea-Olinda (5-3-4) said he brought Navarro and two other junior varsity players up to the varsity Friday to fill in for the benched players. Toledo said he took the action because of rule violations, including lateness and improper wearing of uniforms.
Navarro also assisted on the Wildcats' first goal, which was scored by Scott Mauer 16 minutes into the second half and tied the score 1-1. Mauer, in turn, assisted on Navarro's game-winning goal.
"They (the benched starters) now have to prove themselves," Toledo said. "Until I see a radical change, the reserves will start in our league opener (Tuesday against Magnolia)."