So much for Mendota High’s Daniel Trejo needing a couple of playoff games to track down the California Interscholastic Federation career goals record in boys soccer.
Trejo exploded for a season-high seven during the top-seeded Aztecs’ 7-0 Central Section Division VI quarterfinal victory Friday over No. 8 Minarets to push his four-year career total to a state-record 193.
Trejo, who averages 2.1 goals per game, entered needing six to tie the mark of 192 set by Diamond Bar’s Craig Turley from 1984-87.
“It’s an unexplainable feeling; I’m really happy,” Trejo said. “I had a plan. This was one of the games where I knew I would have the chance to score. I got together with my team and let them know we had to make history tonight, and we did. I’m glad.”
He had a hat trick at halftime.
The record-tying goal came on a left-footed shot into the right corner after navigating through a group of defenders 8 yards out. The record-breaker came on a right-footed shot to the near post from 18 yards out on a breakaway. Trejo exited the game with roughly 20 minutes left.
“I fake him right a little. He went left and gave me his right side,” said Trejo, who sprinted over to hug Mendota coach Juan Magana after the record-breaker. “I saw a wide open spot, and I kicked it there. It was a great feeling. That’s my favorite way of scoring.”
The seven goals also pushed Trejo past older brother Javier Trejo as the section’s single-season goals leader with 58. Javier scored 56 for Mendota in 2009-10.
Daniel Trejo became the section’s career goals leader last season, when he soared by the 122 that Porterville’s Rudy Rodriguez scored from 1982-84, according to historian Bob Barnett.
Trejo – who scored 47 goals as a freshman, 39 as a sophomore and 49 as a junior – will have the chance to add to his total when Mendota hosts No. 5 Firebaugh at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals. The Aztecs are the defending section D-VI champions and reached the semifinals of the CIF Southern California Regional in D-V last season.
“I wanted to get (the record) out of the way,” Trejo said. “I didn’t want to feel pressure. I just want to win the rest of the games. We have high expectations this season. Hopefully, we can make an impact in state again.”
The Mendota-Minarets game was one of 10 quarterfinals not affected by Friday’s rain. There were 14 others – including all four in D-I – postponed until next week because of wet fields.
CENTRAL SECTION PLAYOFFS
No. 8 Central at No. 1 Clovis, postponed until 6 p.m. Wednesday
No. 13 Clovis East at No. 12 Clovis West, postponed until 6 p.m. Tuesday
No. 6 Clovis North at No. 3 Bakersfield, postponed until 6 p.m. Tuesday
No. 7 Centennial at No. 2 Buchanan, postponed until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday
Central/Clovis vs. Clovis East/Clovis West; Clovis North/Bakersfield vs. Centennial/Buchanan
No. 1 Golden West 3, No. 2 East Bakersfield 2
No. 4 El Diamante 4, No. 5 Redwood 0
No. 6 Reedley at No. 3 South, postponed until 6 p.m. Tuesday
No. 10 Tulare Western vs. No. 2 Edison, postponed until 3 p.m. Tuesday at McLane
El Diamante at Golden West; Reedley/South vs. Tulare Western/Edison
No. 9 Wasco at No. 1 Ridgeview, postponed until 6 p.m. Tuesday
No. 5 Madera South 1, No. 13 Tulare 1. Madera South wins in PKs
No. 3 Independence 4, No. 6 Mission Oak 3
No. 2 Dinuba 2, No. 10 Highland 0
Wasco/Ridgeview vs. Madera South; Independence at Dinuba
No. 8 Orosi at No. 1 McLane, postponed until 6 p.m. Tuesday
No. 4 Lindsay 3, No. 5 Washington 2
No. 6 Mira Monte at No. 3 Kerman, postponed until 6 p.m. Tuesday
No. 10 Delano at No. 2 Arvin, postponed until 6 p.m. Tuesday
Orosi/McLane vs. Lindsay; Mira Monte/Kerman vs. Delano/Arvin
No. 1 Chavez 4, No. 8 Bishop Union 2
No. 5 Rosamond at No. 4 Coalinga, postponed until 6 p.m. Wednesday
No. 6 Fowler at No. 3 McFarland, postponed until 6 p.m. Tuesday
No. 10 Caruthers at No. 2 Sierra, postponed until 6 p.m. Wednesday
Chaves vs. Rosamond/Coalinga; Fowler/McFarland vs. Caruthers/Sierra
No. 1 Mendota 7, No. 8 Minarets 0
No. 5 Firebaugh 2, No. 4 Exeter 1
No. 3 Strathmore 2, No. 6 Central Valley Christian 0
No. 10 Fresno Christian at No. 2 Avenal, postponed until 6 p.m. Tuesday
Firebaugh at Mendota; Strathmore vs. Fresno Christian/Avenal
* Semifinal times and dates to be determined next week