It was like Javier Trejo sensed it would be his day in the high school Boys All-Star Soccer Game.
The former Mendota striker took the field at Chukchansi Park on Thursday with a star shaved into the hair on the back of his head, then went out and scored the hat trick in the Red's 8-5 victory against the Grey.
"We had our opportunities and made the ones we got," said Trejo, who's heading to West Hills College-Lemoore. "But I never thought we'd make so many goals."
It was a matchup of city schools (Grey) against county (Red). Last year, Grey won in dominating fashion in the inaugural game.
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And it looked like Grey was headed for another blowout when Martin Kams (Clovis West) scored 15 seconds in on a 20-yard blast. But then it was the Red's turn.
The Red had Trejo, this season's section leading scorer, and Mario Diaz (Dinuba), The Bee's Player of the Year. After Jose Segura (Orange Cove) scored the equalizer, Diaz set up Trejo for his first score then made it 3-1 with a short rocket off the hands of keeper John Loera (Clovis East).
The Red led 4-2 at the break after Trejo scored late, then opened the second half with consecutive goals by Segura on a penalty kick, and 25-yard boomers by Trejo and Rogelio Ramirez (Farmersville) sandwiched around a tap-in by Noel Prieto-Verduzco (Reedley) off a nice feed across the goal mouth from Felipe Rodriguez (Roosevelt).
Diaz said he didn't know if he'd play until Wednesday night. He's been working at a packing house.
"A lot of us haven't played in a while," he said. "But it was exciting, like another experience that's still part of high school."
Cesar Gonzalez (Tranquillity) showed why he was named the West Sierra League Outstanding Offensive Player by scoring the game's final three goals.
Now it's off to college for a lot of these players, and it appears Fresno City will benefit the most. A list of 12 all-stars, including Diaz and Mark Correa (Sunnyside), who scored Grey's second goal, said they'll try out for coach Eric Solberg's Rams.
"Eric should be a pretty happy guy," said Red coach Joel Munoz of Roosevelt.
Munoz wasn't surprised his team came out firing and nearly ran the Grey off the field.
"County schools the last four or five years," he said, "are getting better and better. You saw that in this game."
CITY/COUNTY BOX SCORE
Red 8, Grey 5
Red, Jose Sequra (Orange Cove) 2, Javier Trejo (Mendota) 3, Mario Diaz (Dinuba), Noel Prieto-Verduzco (Reedley), Rogelio Ramirez (Farmersville). Grey, Martin Kams (Clovis West), Mark Correa (Sunnyside), Cesar Gonzalez (Tranquillity) 3
Halftime: Red 4, Grey 2