Lady Jaguars fall to High Tech High in CIF playoffs
Leilani Diefenbach (4) keeps the ball away from the Orange Glen defense.
March 05, 2014Coming into a new season, every team faces the challenge of a schedule filled with talented opponents.
But through the twists and turns of that schedule, some teams wind up dealing with a whole new set of challenges that must be overcome.
This season, the Valley Center varsity girls soccer team did a great job of overcoming the opposition presented by the schedule, despite having the added challenge of a handful of key injuries late in the season.
The Lady Jaguars were without starting goalkeeper Nicole Venisse and a pair of key defenders in Leina Villemez and Clara Padinske for the last month of the season, but still managed to post a record of 8–9–4 and earn the No. 5 seed in the CIF Division III playoffs.
Unfortunately, despite having a higher seed, the Lady Jags played on the road at No. 12 seed High Tech High in Chula Vista last Tuesday night because High Tech High won its league in the regular season.
On the road, the Lady Jaguars couldn't come up with the offense they needed and suffered a 4–0 loss to end the season.
When all the stats were tallied, the leading scorer for Valley Center was Emily Venisse, who netted six goals and added one assist on the year. Savanna Reilly proved to be a team leader on both sides of the field, as the steady defender scored five goals before being called on as the backup goaltender down the stretch.
Kiana Diefenbach was just as dangerous when she passed as she was when she shot, as she scored four goals and had three assists on the season. Both Victoria Lawrence and Helen Lopez had three goals and an assist, while Madison Sanders had three goals, Samantha Pratt had two goals, Raquel Cifuentes had a goal and two assists, Marin Broadway had a goal and Brienna Dunckel had three assists.