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December 9, 2009 > Girls soccer recap

Girls soccer recap

By Nick Zambrano

After losing two straight matches to Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) foes - Mission San Jose and American high schools - the Moreau Catholic High School girls soccer team was aching for a win. Unfortunately, the Highlanders of Piedmont High School stood in their way and denied Moreau, 2-0.

"You get opportunities and especially in a tight game," said Moreau Coach Andy Hulbert," if you don't finish them it comes back to haunt you."

In their other matches for the week, Moreau was shut down by Lafayette's Acalanes High School, 6-0. Their second home game was a 0-0 match against Concord High School. Goalkeeper Katie Pruneda stopped all seven shots in the tie. The Lady Mariners now stand at 2-4-1 on the year.

After narrowly edging out Newark Memorial High School, 3-2, the Hayward High School Lady Farmers cruised past Richmond High School 4-1. Hayward is now riding a three-game winning streak as they take some time off before their December 10 showdown with Moreau.

John F. Kennedy High School, after starting the year 0-3, was out to prove that they are a force to be reckoned with on the MVAL soccer scene. And after ripping off two straight wins and demolishing Tennyson High School last Thursday, 11-0, the girls from Kennedy may be on their way up the MVAL ladder.

In the 15th minute, the Lady Titans would draw first blood. Freshman forward Brianna Lujan found the net on a beautiful one-timer from midfielder Sarah Ward. The goal would be the first in a hat trick by Lujan, she would also add an assist. Ward finished the match with one goal and two assists.

Despite the score at the half, the Lady Titans would keep the pressure on Tennyson. The second half saw Kennedy goals from Kylie Stoeppel, Mira Espinoza and Sydney Tapia. For each of the girls, it would be their first goal on the year.

The lop-sided victory moves the Lady Titans to a 2-3 record. They will look to continue their success when they take on the Lady Cougars of Newark Memorial Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Tak Fudenna Stadium, at 5:45 p.m.

Mission San Jose traveled to Dublin last week to the Dublin High School Lady Gaels and returned home victorious, 3-0. The shutout puts Mission at 5-2-1 on the year. Striker Taylor Jackson led the way for the Lady Warriors as she collected two goals in the victory. She leads the team in scoring with six goals.

Tamara Aboumrad contributed the game's other goal. Seniors Preetman Sandhu, Amrun Singh and Sarah Welker each earned one point with an assist. Up next on the agenda for the Lady Warriors will be a match at Irvington High School, Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7:45 p.m.

Freshman Paloma Zermeno headed up James Logan High School's stampede last week over San Leandro High School with two goals. The Lady Colts won the match easily, 3-0.

The combination of Luisa Cardenas and Preslee Rivera in the net prevented all six shots San Leandro challenged them with. The Lady Colts move their record to 3-0 just in time for their game at home on Wednesday, Dec. 9, as they take on Amador Valley High School at 6 p.m.

Newark Memorial did not share the same fate as Kennedy, Mission and Logan, and dropped a heartbreaker to Hayward, 3-2. Despite goals by Jessica Hernandez and Taylor Hollis, Newark was unable to overcome the late-game heroics of the Lady Farmers. They will look to rebound off the loss when they battle Kennedy on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

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