Calvary Chapel earns tie, but title goes to Estancia
Calvary Chapel’s girls soccer team controlled its destiny entering the final week of the regular season.
The Orange Coast League crown was there for the taking if the Eagles could navigate their last two league games without any problems.
Calvary Chapel didn’t lose either game, but after two ties, including a 1-1 outcome against Laguna Beach on Wednesday, the Eagles had to settle for finishing second in the standings behind Estancia.
Estancia moved up from second to first and claimed its second consecutive championship Wednesday by defeating Godinez, 1-0.
After learning that Estancia had won the league, Calvary Chapel senior midfielder Carolyne Marquez said her team must push forward.
“We were going to praise God in the good and the bad,” said Marquez, who had written “Thus far” on her forearm. “We’re still undefeated. We’re going to CIF. We’re going to keep going.”
The CIF-SS playoffs start next week.
Going into Wednesday’s games, Calvary Chapel was in first place with 21 points, followed by Estancia (20 points) and third-place Laguna Beach (19 points).
Laguna Beach lost to Calvary Chapel, 3-1, in the teams’ first meeting, and the Breakers were extra motivated for their second meeting. They took a 1-0 lead with a second-half goal by Haylee Jarvis.
In the 51st minute, Blake Turner headed the ball forward on the left side. Jarvis took a dribble, and in full stride, struck a 35-yard lob shot off the fingers of Eagles goalkeeper Gabriella Haw (two saves) for the score.
“We wanted to get them back,” Jarvis said. “We really wanted to win this because it was senior night.”
Calvary Chapel (11-3-6, 6-0-4) tied it in the 69th minute. Marquez won the ball from Breakers defender Greer Jacobs, and pushed a shot past Kara Dunne-Dombrink (four saves) on the right side.
Also in the Orange Coast League:
Estancia 1, Godinez 0: Delani Guyot scored for the Eagles (13-5-4, 7-1-2) in their victory at Santa Ana Sports Complex.
“The girls worked hard this year,” first-year coach Josh Juarez said. “There were a lot of changes in our program. They stepped up. I think they got what they deserved this year.”