Aztecs Look Good in 2-1 Soccer Win

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Van Nuys News


The Los Angeles Aztecs upset Monterrey, the leader in the Mexican Soccer League 2-1 Sunday thanks to some brilliant goalkeeping by Kelvin Barclay.

Barclay, Trinidad's former national team goalie, saved the Aztecs' winning margin seven times during the second half with some brilliant saves.

Los Angeles scored first nine minutes into the match when striker Uri Banhoffer shot low into the left corner of the net past a diving Jose Ledesma.

The Aztecs' second goal came when Jerry Kazarian, 20, tallied with only two minutes left in the first 45-minute first half.

Monterrey pulled a goal back in the 79th minute when Basilio Salazar scored with a free kick from 15 yards out.

"It was a great win for Los Angeles but I knew this team had the talent to beat a great team like Monterrey," Aztec coach Alex Perolli said.

Perolli, who coached Monterrey in 1967, used five substitutes in the game, the maximum limit allowed by the North American Soccer League.

''Monterrey has played together an entire season and already clinched a berth in the Mexican playoffs," Perolli said.

"I wasn't sure that our 11 starting players had the conditioning needed to play 90 minutes."

Los Angeles will play three more international exhibition games this month before beginning league play May 5 here against Seattle.

The Aztecs meet Atlante of Mexico City next Sunday at East Los Angeles College Stadium.