by STEPHANIE TOROSIAN
Lady strikers fall to Sierra Vista, 2-0, in CIF Southern Section playoffs and end their season.
Tying, 1-1, in their final league game against the Montebello Oilers Feb. 12, the strikers finished league tied for first place with the Alhambra Moors, with a 6-1-2 record.
“It would have felt better if we had won league by ourselves, but we’re in a better position than we were in last year,” said junior Ashley Lopez.
The team defeated the Mark Keppel Aztecs 1-0 at home Feb. 10. A late goal, scored by junior Dana Navarette, allowed the team to win their final home game of the season. The Spartans also defeated the Bell Gardens Lancers Feb. 5, of 2-1.
The strikers lost their first league game against the Alhambra Moors Feb. 3, 2-0. After a penalty kick was given against the team, the Spartans were unable to regain their momentum to return a goal.
“Except for the Alhambra game, overall we’ve done really well and were able to maintain a good rhythm,” said junior Sara Aguilar. “I feel really confident going into CIF.”
The Spartans gained a 2-1 win against the Montebello Oilers at home Jan. 29. The girls were able to get multiple shots off, with both goals being scored by junior Christina Vital.
The team also took a 2-1 victory over the Mark Keppel Aztecs at a Jan. 27 away game. The strikers also played to a 0-0 tie against the Bell Gardens Lancers Jan. 22.
“This has probably been the best record we’ve had since I’ve been playing on the team,” said Isabella Juarez senior captain. “We’ve progressed a lot over the years.”
The JV strikers also tied the Montebello Oilers 1-1, winning the league championship with an 8-1-0 record.
The Spartans defeated the Aztecs with a score of 3-0, Feb. 10. The girls dominated the field, scoring their goals within a few minutes of the first half.
The strikers beat the Lancers, 1-0, away, Feb. 5. The winning goal was scored by sophomore Ivanna Avila.
*UPDATE: Lady strikers win 2-1 against undefeated Grand Terrace in CIF Southern Section playoffs, and will take on Sierra Vista in the quarter finals, Thursday Feb. 27, 5 p.m. away. (02-24-2015-6 p.m.)
**UPDATE: Lady strikers fall to Sierra Vista, 2-0, in CIF Southern Section playoffs and end their season. (02-27-2015-7 p.m.)