Lady Jaguars fall to San Dieguito in one-goal field hockey game
Photos by Dan Kidder / Valley Roadrunner
October 07, 2013Before the 2013 season started, Valley Center varsity field hockey coach Rebecca Embrey knew she had a talented team, but also feared that the youth and inexperience of her club could make for an up-and-down season.
The Lady Jaguars have certainly had their ups, including a pair of dominant shutout wins over Helix and Chula Vista a few weeks ago.
But the season has also included some rough patches, as the Lady Jags suffered a pair of one-goal losses in their last two games.
Valley Center began the week's action with a trip to Rancho Bernardo last Wednesday, but after falling behind early, couldn't come back in a 3–2 loss.
The Lady Broncos scored the only goal of the first half, then added two more in the second half to hold off the Lady Jags, who also netted a pair of goals after halftime.
Delaney Cummings scored her team-high eighth goal of the season, while Emily Hutchinson scored her seventh goal of the year for the Lady Jags. In goal, Bailey Sanders made five saves to keep her team in the game.
The Lady Jaguars returned home to face perennial powerhouse San Dieguito on Friday, and in a very close game all the way through, gave up only one goal in a 1–0 loss.
Both teams created some opportunities to score in the first half, but neither offense could find a way to break through and the game remained scoreless at halftime.
San Dieguito broke through early in the second half, as the Lady Mustangs took advantage of a long run down the sideline and cut back through the defense to put the ball in the net.
Valley Center wouldn't give up, however, as the team rallied to create chance after chance as the clock wound down. The Lady Jaguars earned two back-to-back corners with 18:30 on the clock, but couldn't convert. They added another corner with 12:45 left, but once again the defense cleared away the threat.
The closest chance came with 10:45 left, as the Lady Jags got the ball in front, but had the ball bounce off a foot, causing the action to stop and the ball to go over to San Dieguito.
And down the stretch, Valley Center pushed with everything they had, keeping the ball in the San Dieguito zone and fighting to hold onto possession.
But in the end, the Lady Mustangs held strong and kept the ball out of the net to preserve the win.
The Lady Jags will get a chance to get back on the winning track on Friday, as they host Escondido at 3:30 p.m.