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VC girls lacrosse team wins four of first five games


March 19, 2014
Under first-year head coach Mariah Bohnstehn, the Valley Center varsity girls lacrosse team is off to a fantastic start this season, as the Lady Jaguars have won four of their first five games, including three in the annual VCHS Tournament on Saturday.

The Lady Jags started off the season with a league win on the road over Mt. Carmel, 8–6, as they scored five unanswered goals to end the first half and held on to take the two-goal win.

In Saturday's tournament, the Lady Jaguars started off with a pair of big wins—they beat La Jolla Country Day 12–1 and then downed Del Lago 9–0—before taking a thrilling 7–6 win over Great Oak in the third game of the day.

Valley Center built a slim lead in the first half, as Bianka Perez and Kaylin Ryan led the Lady Jags to a 3–2 advantage at halftime.

Perez and Ryan each scored again to extend the lead to 5–2 early in the second half, but Great Oak answered with two consecutive goals to pull back to within one, 5–4.

Ryan added another goal after stealing the ball from the Great Oak goalie, and Nina Montejano followed with another VC goal to put the Lady Jags up 7–4. Great Oak scored with just under five minutes left to pull within two, then added a late goal with 30 seconds on the clock to narrow the deficit to one. But time ran out and Valley Center held on for the close win.

The win advanced the Lady Jags to the tournament championship against Grossmont, where they lost their first game of the season.

"We're getting better at working together," said Coach Bohnstehn. "We have half new girls and half experienced players, so we're focusing on working together and improving our communication on the field."

The Lady Jags have already played at home against San Marcos on Monday and at Ramona on Wednesday. Next up, they host San Dieguito on Monday at 6:30 p.m. before playing at Del Norte next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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