AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Saugus is always very tough,” Ramirez said. The Centurions are led by junior Kyle Ernsberger, their leading scorer. Hart counters with one of the area’s premier scorers, Matt Valaika, last seasons Foothill co-MVP. Valaika on Friday broke the Indians’ single-season scoring record and added two more goals Tuesday in a victory over Burbank. He has 31 goals through 18 games. “We’re going to go out and play our game,” Ramirez said. “If we play our ‘A’ game, we should be fine. “We’re having fun. This is the fun time of the year. In league, it’s always tough. The cream will rise to the top.” Eye on the Cowboys: Canyon graduated several players from last season’s Foothill League championship team, but the Cowboys can’t be counted out of the race. Canyon, just 7-6-3 overall, upset Saugus 2-0 Friday. The Cowboys are 2-1-1 in league; their only loss was to first-place Hart. The Saugus High boys’ soccer team had held up its end of the deal, advancing to the championship game, but an upset loss denied the Indians a coveted matchup with the Centurions in last month’s Hart tournament. Three weeks later, the teams finally meet. First-place Hart finishes the first round of Foothill League play today at second-place Saugus. “We’re excited,” Hart coach Robert Ramirez said. “We’ve been looking forward to this matchup. We wanted to face them at the tournament, but it didn’t work out.” Since finishing as the Hart tournament runner-up for the second year in a row, Saugus has continued to rise as its injury-plagued lineup returned to health. Barely above .500 entering league play, the Centurions (10-6-2) are 3-1 in the Foothill League after Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Valencia. It’s happening again: Burroughs of Burbank’s final season in the Foothill League is turning disastrous. The Indians had their best nonleague showing in 13 years, but they have started league play 0-3-1. Last season, Burroughs surged in the second half of the league schedule, but it was too late to earn a playoff berth. The Indians this year looked to contend for a Foothill title, but they again could be shut out of the postseason. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!