• Girls Soccer: Top Two Teams in MTAL Stay Undefeated

    – Jon Charron –

    A battle from beginning to end had Pacific Grove and Soledad knotted up in a 1-1 draw Thursday night. [01-21-16]

    As expected the Breakers and Aztecs played a tough gritty match. “Traditionally, Carmel is our rival, but by game, Soledad has been our rival. With us splitting [matches] last season,” head coach Michael Aguilera said about the top two teams in the MTAL.

    Early in the game Soledad controlled the ball, but Breakers goalie Kylie Koestner had 5 saves. In the 20th minute, Breakers leading scorer Jada Ware had a great shot to put Pacific Grove on the board, but the ball smacked the crossbar, preserving the tie.

    Ashley Aguilera (#2) and Jada Ware (#20)

    Ashley Aguilera (#2) and Jada Ware (#20)

    At the end of one half, no team could score a goal and it was knotted at 0-0. “I think offensively, the scouting report is out on how we manufacture goals,” coach Aguilera said about the Breakers offense. “We’ve seen that the last two games that we played.”

    With the game still at 0-0, Pacific Grove finally got a break, when Ware raced down the field and found a streaking Ashley Aguilera down the middle for the first goal of the game. Coach Aguilera stated that “we are making adjustments and I think we did that with the [goal in the second half].”

    However, in the 64th minute, Soledad was awarded a free kick and the Aztec’s leading scorer Belinda Ascencio found the inside of the net to tie the game back up at 1-1.

    The Breakers then ferociously attacked the Aztec defense, but couldn’t get a goal. With less than five minutes left, Ashley Aguilera was awarded a penalty kick, but it sailed over the net.

    Becky Phillips ready to resume play

    Becky Phillips ready to resume play

    Pacific Grove and Soledad both finished with one goal apiece and both stayed undefeated in league play. The two teams will  face off again on February 11, but this time in Soledad. In what will most likely help determine the league champion. As long as one of them can be victorious.

    Pacific Grove (7-1-1, 5-0-1) will next play at Stevenson (2-6-2, 1-2-2) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.

    Box Score 1st 2nd Final
    Soledad 0 1 1
    Pacific Grove 0 1 1

    Stats –

    Goals – Ashley Aguilera (1), PG; Belinda Ascencio (1), Sol

    Assists – Jada Ware (1), PG

    Saves – Kylie Koestner (8), PG

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    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 23, 2016

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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