After two wins in a row, Lady Jaguars suffer two consecutive soccer losses
Dan Kidder / Valley Roadrunner
February 13, 2014Valley Center's varsity girls soccer team finished off the month of January on a strong run, having won two in a row on the road against league rivals Ramona and Orange Glen. But in the first two games of February, the Lady Jaguars haven't been able to sustain the momentum and have been handed a pair of tough losses. The Lady Jags hosted Mission Vista last Wednesday and jumped out to an early lead, but the Lady Timberwolves came up big in the second half to steal a 4–2 win.
Valley Center's pressure in the offensive zone in the opening minutes led to a quick goal and a 1–0 lead, but Mission Vista came right back and scored less than seven minutes later to tie the game at one.
The Lady Jaguars had some quality scoring chances in the first half, but they couldn't find the back of the net. With just over five minutes left in the first half, Raquel Cifuentes sent a corner kick in and found Victoria Lawrence, but the striker's shot flew just over the crossbar. And with just over a minute left before halftime, Madison Sanders got free for a pair of shots, the first one ricocheting off the bar and the second getting blocked and cleared. The score remained tied into the second half, despite another shot from Sanders thumped off the crossbar and a flurry of Valley Center activity in the offensive zone.
Instead of finding a go-ahead goal, the Lady Jags instead gave up a free kick deep in their zone that led to a Mission Vista goal. Once again, the Lady Jaguars broke down the Lady Timberwolves' defense, but couldn't score. First, Lawrence sent an open shot just wide of the left post, and when Mission Vista was called for a foul inside the 18-yard box, Emily Venisse took the ensuing penalty kick for Valley Center, but was foiled by a nice diving save from Mission Vista's keeper.
The Lady Timberwolves extended the lead to 3–1 with a throw-in deep in Valley Center territory that led to a chip shot over goalkeeper Nicole Venisse with just over eight minutes left in the game.
Valley Center wouldn't go away quietly, however, as Savanna Reilly curled a beautiful free kick from 30 yards away and tucked it just underneath the bar for a goal that pulled her team back to within one with six minutes left in the contest. But with 2:35 on the clock, Mis sion Vista put any ideas of a come back to rest with the final goal, an outstanding shot on a free kick that found the back of the net and sealed the win.
The Lady Jags went back on the road on Friday night to take on Oceanside, but once again couldn't take advantage of their opportunities in taking a 3–1 loss. Valley Center now has four games left on the schedule, including a game at Del Norte on Wednesday, a home game against Ramo na on Friday, another away game at Mission Vista next Wednesday and a home game for the season finale against Orange Glen on Feb. 21. Each game is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m.