ESCALON -- Arturo Pulido is going to get one more chance at a Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
Pulido, a Livingston High senior, was part of the boys soccer program's runner-up campaigns in both 2005 and '06.
And recording a goal and an assist in Livingston's 2-0 Division V semifinal victory over Escalon on Thursday, he's going to get one more game for the title.
The Wolves (12-4-2) will play Patterson for the championship at noon Saturday at Lincoln High in Stockton. Patterson defeated Ripon 5-2 in the other semifinal.
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"I was called up my sophomore year, and we lost in the final. Then we lost again last year," Pulido said. "When I was a sophomore, I was thinking we could have three section titles in a row. But right now, I'll take one."
Livingston controlled the field against Escalon, the Trans-Valley League champion, especially in the first half.
The Wolves peppered Cougars goalie Bill Cervantes (10 saves) with shots, breaking through about 10 minutes into the game.
Pulido broke free along the left side, dribbled past a defender and passed to Jose Gonzales, who sent a bullet into the upper right corner of the net.
"I heard him calling my name when I was in the corner," Pulido said. "I gave it to him, and he did the rest."
In the second half, Escalon appeared to adjust and had a few good scoring chances, but Wolves goalkeeper Alonzo Lara stopped a point-blank shot with a kick save, and the Wolves put it away when Pulido was dragged down in the penalty box on the other side of the field.
He put the penalty kick low and left while Cervantes slid the other way.
"We knew Livingston had a lot of talent," Escalon coach Paul Silva said. "We felt we had our chances.
"It's been a great year for us. The first time we've won a league title in a long time. We have something to build on."
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