Girls earn No. 5 seed in CIF soccer playoffs
February 26, 2014Valley Center's varsity girls soccer team faced a tough challenge when the team lost its starting goalkeeper and two key defenders to injury earlier this season.
But the Lady Jaguars adapted to their new roles and battled hard through the final week of the season to earn a tie and take a big win that put them in the No. 5 seed in the CIF Division III playoffs.
Last Wednesday, the Lady Jags traveled to Mission Vista and pulled out a 1–1 tie thanks to a second-half goal by Madison Sanders and outstanding goaltending by Savanna Reilly, who had 15 saves to keep her team in the game.
Then on Friday, the Lady Jaguars returned home to face rival Orange Glen and scored early and often in taking a 6–0 win to close out the regular season.
Just 45 seconds into the game, Kiana Diefenbach put the ball in the back of the Orange Glen net to open the scoring.
Two minutes later, Sanders got the ball away from the charging Lady Patriot keeper and tapped it into the open net for the second Valley Center goal.
Goalkeeper Savanna Reilly punches this corner kick away from danger.
The Lady Jaguars stepped up on defense in the first half, as Reilly made some clutch saves. Brie Dunckel helped set up the next goal with a steal at midfield and a great long pass to Diefenbach, who hit the post with a shot that beat the keeper. Marin Broadway followed with a shot on the rebound that was saved by the goalie, but Broadway collected another rebound and hit the back of the net to put Valley Center up 3–0 at the end of the first half.
Victoria Lawrence got in on the scoring party early in the second half, as she lofted a beautiful shot over the keeper's head from about 25 yards away for the fourth Valley Center goal of the evening.
Next it was Emily Venisse's turn to score, as she tracked down a loose ball in front of the keeper and nudged it past the diving save attempt for goal number five.
And even the Lady Jaguar keeper got in on the scoring, as Reilly was replaced by Dunckel in goal and eventually scored the final goal for Valley Center in the big win.
The Lady Jags finished the regular season with an 8–9–4 overall record and earned the No. 5 seed in the CIF Division III playoffs. They have already played against No. 12 seed High Tech High on Tuesday and the winner of that game plays at No. 4 seed Central Union on Friday at 5 p.m.