– Jon Charron –
For the second straight year the Breakers reached the CCS playoffs, but injuries finally caught up to the squad as they fell 5-1 to Santa Cruz. [02-24-16]
Nursing a sore Achilles, senior Ashley Aguilera started the match out as the Breakers goalie. Aguilera started out well – picking up three saves – but ended up conceding two quick goals to the Cardinals.
Pacific Grove then made the switch back to main goal keeper Kylie Koestner, but she gave up a goal herself a few minutes later; giving Santa Cruz a 3-0 lead midway through the first half.
Leading goal scorer Jada Ware finally got the Breakers on the board, when she raced down the right side of the field with the ball and attempted a shot; which deflected off the Cardinal goal keeper and up over her head into the net.
That would be as good as it got for the Breakers on the offensive side of things though, as the Cardinals controlled the ball for the rest of the match.
In the second half with the ball mainly in Pacific Grove’s territory, Santa Cruz scored two more goals to secure a 5-1 victory.
After starting out the season 9-2-2, the Breakers started dealing with some injuries and closed out the regular season 2-2. “We only had 13 varsity players, so losing a starter was really big,” Breakers coach Michael Aguilera said about the teams’ injuries. “We had to bring up two junior varsity players after a couple of other injuries, [but] our younger players did a great job of trying to feel the void.”
“Overall, as small as our school is and to get this far again, I’m really happy with them,” Aguilera said.
With the team only losing five seniors, the Breakers have a strong team returning; including leading scorer Jada Ware (18 goals) and goalie Kylie Koestner (63 saves).
Goals – Jada Ware (1)
Saves – Kylie Koestner (6), Ashley Aguilera (3)
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