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January 22, 1990 | BARBIE LUDOVISE
Three years ago, when John Coppage left the Esperanza High School boys' soccer team to coach the girls, he took over a young, lackadaisical program and quickly turned it into a winner. In his first year, Coppage, a walk-on coach, led the Aztecs to the Southern Section 3-A final and a 22-2-2 overall record. Last year, Esperanza finished with a 24-0-2 record, but was eliminated by Simi Valley, on penalty kicks, in the 4-A semifinals.
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January 22, 1990 | BARBIE LUDOVISE
Three years ago, when John Coppage left the Esperanza High School boys' soccer team to coach the girls, he took over a young, lackadaisical program and quickly turned it into a winner. In his first year, Coppage, a walk-on coach, led the Aztecs to the Southern Section 3-A final and a 22-2-2 overall record. Last year, Esperanza finished with a 24-0-2 record, but was eliminated by Simi Valley, on penalty kicks, in the 4-A semifinals.
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May 28, 1987
John Coppage, who coached the Esperanza High School boys' soccer team to a 1986 Southern Section 3-A championship and the 1987 title game, has resigned that position to coach the girls' soccer team. Coppage, whose son, Sean, was a senior on the Aztecs this year, has a daughter, Christine, who plays soccer and will be a sophomore at Esperanza next year. "I'd never even thought about (coaching) the girls until a few months ago," said Coppage.
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March 1, 1986
Ed Corrales of Kennedy High School has been named the Empire League's soccer Player of the Year in a vote of league coaches. John Coppage of Esperanza and Ron Schwandt of Los Alamitos were named Co-Coaches of the Year.
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March 1, 1986 | TIM BROWN, Times Staff Writer
Rick Frye drew a tough assignment for Hart High's Southern Section 3-A quarterfinal soccer game Friday afternoon against Esperanza. The junior defenseman was asked to stop high-scoring forward Brent Bish. According to Hart's game plan, a ban on Bish would bring an end to Esperanza's undefeated season. Frye could only watch, however, as Bish scored his 23rd goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 59th minute to lead Esperanza to a 1-0 victory.
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March 14, 1987
Brent Bish and Luis Cabral, who led Esperanza High School to the Southern Section 3-A boys' soccer final, have been named Empire League players of the year in a vote of league coaches. Bish, who scored 24 goals this season, and Cabral, a defender who led Esperanza to 20 shutouts, are both seniors. John Coppage of Esperanza and Gary Imai of El Dorado were named coaches of the year. Esperanza (23-3-1), which placed five players on the team, lost to Diamond Bar in the 3-A final.
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March 5, 1988 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Times Staff Writer
There were many coaches who doubted John Coppage's move last May when he switched from coaching boys' to girls' soccer at Esperanza High School. Coppage, who was 109-6-10 in four years as the Esperanza boys' coach, left the program when the girls' position became available. Coppage led the Aztec boys to four Empire League titles in four years, as well as the Southern Section 3-A championship in 1986 and the title game in 1987.
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March 8, 1986
The Esperanza High School boys' soccer team, undefeated in 50 consecutive games spanning two seasons, plays Burbank tonight at 8 in the Southern Section 3-A soccer final at Gahr High School. The Aztecs (24-0-2), the top-seeded team in the 3-A division, have set a Southern Section record for shutouts this season with 21. Esperanza has outscored its opponents, 91-6. On defense, the Aztecs are led by juniors Luis Cabral and Brian Aube and seniors Keith Barnes and Tony Hernandez.
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March 8, 1987 | ROBYN NORWOOD, Times Staff Writer
The Esperanza High School boys' soccer team kept shooting until the final seconds Saturday night when a shot by Brent Bish was tipped over the top of the goal by the Diamond Bar goalkeeper. The Aztecs simply could not score the goal they needed to send the Southern Section 3-A championship into overtime, and Diamond Bar, an unseeded team, upset the top-seeded, defending champion Aztecs, 2-1, in front of 1,000 at Gahr High School in Cerritos.
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March 1, 1989 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Times Staff Writer
A defensive battle, two overtime periods and a shootout: Tuesday's Southern Section 4-A girls' soccer semifinal between Esperanza and Simi Valley high schools went about as Esperanza Coach John Coppage had expected. But not as he had hoped. After a 1-1 regulation score, a scoreless 20-minute overtime, and a scoreless 20-minute sudden-death period, top-seeded Esperanza fell to fifth-seeded Simi Valley on penalty kicks, 4-3. "We've done pitifully in shootouts this year," Coppage said.
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February 28, 1987 | ROBYN NORWOOD, Times Staff Writer
The Esperanza High School boys' soccer team had heard plenty about Righetti before the teams met in a Southern Section division 3-A quarterfinal Friday. Righetti, the Northern League champion. Righetti, the team that won its first two playoff games by a combined score of 8-0. Righetti, whose goalkeeper, Rick Sartain, had 13 shutouts and had attracted the attention of college scouts. But the Aztecs gave Righetti something to remember them by Friday.
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