Lady Jags blow out Eastlake in girls lacrosse quarterfinals
Valley Center girls lacrosse team cruised through the quarterfinals in a fast and furious game against Eastlake High.
May 15, 2013The playoffs have a way of bringing out the best in a team, and the Valley Center varsity girls lacrosse team played one of its best games in the quarterfinal round of the CIF Division II playoffs last weekend.
Despite playing on a day with temperatures in the high 90s, the No. 2-seeded Lady Jags looked cool and composed in a 17–4 rout of No. 7 Eastlake at home on Saturday morning.
Valley Center started out fast and furious, racking up six goals before Eastlake could come up with an answer. By the time the horn sounded to end the first half, the Lady Jaguars were up 11–3 and the second half looked to be nothing more than a formality.
The heat started to have an effect in the second half, but both teams continued to play hard through the final whistle. Valley Center outscored the Lady Titans 6–1 after halftime, and head coach Wendy Fiehler's list of praises for her team's performance grew longer by the minute.
"We did really well communicating on the attack, in draw control, in transition, getting a stick on the ground balls, and being patient in front of the goal," she said after the game. "We were especially good at getting a mark on their lowest girl on defense. The four goals we gave up, two were on fouls, one was on transition and the other was on a rolling ball, so we can see how much we limited their chances. We played just as well in the second half as we did in the first half, and we'll need to keep that up for sixty minutes to win in the next round."
Savanna Fiehler led the way with six goals, while Kelly Bergquist added four more. Kaylin Ryan, Nina Montejano and Alex Velasquez each scored two and Bianka Perez-Pacheco scored once. Perris Toedt was outstanding in goal to get the win.
After the final seconds ticked away on the big win, Coach Fiehler admitted that she expected her team's next game to be a much tougher battle against a familiar foe.
"We'll probably end up facing San Marcos, which means we expect to see a lot of pressure in the midfield," she said. "We expect that Savanna [Fiehler] will be double- and triple-teamed, so the rest of the girls will have to find a way to step up. It's been close both times we've played them, so we're going to practice hard this week and be ready to play a great game."
The Lady Jags have already played their semifinal game against San Marcos on Tuesday night. The winner of that game advances to the Division II final, which takes place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Coronado High School.
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