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Segerstrom's America Quintana controls the ball as she is pursued by Loara's Janessa Stirrat during Thursday's game at Loara High.

Unbeaten Segerstrom improves hold on league lead

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ANAHEIM- The Segerstrom girls soccer team looked to stay undefeated and strengthen its hold on the Golden West League race Thursday.

A strong overall team effort helped the Jaguars accomplish both.

Vivian Vega and Melissa Mazariegos each scored goals for Segerstrom in a 2-0 victory over Loara at Loara High.

“We haven’t lost and just want to continue taking things game by game and not let up,” Vega said. 

The Jaguars (12-0, 6-0) are now four points ahead of the second-place Saxons (12-6-1, 4-2). Both teams have four league matches remaining before the start of the CIF-SS playoffs next month.

“The girls went all out and were very consistent today,” Jaguars coach Imelda Nava said. “We knew that Loara was going to come out strong, but the girls were ready and they believe in themselves.”

The Jaguars nearly scored in the second minute of the match, but Mazariegos' shot while sliding to the ground sailed over the crossbar.

Loara sophomore goalie Alexa Lima helped keep the match scoreless in the 16th minute when she knocked away a shot by Jaguars junior Cindy Maradiaga.

Segerstrom continued its attacking pressure and took the lead, 1-0, with a goal in the 26th minute. Mazariegos sent a leading pass to Vega streaking down the left side. Vega managed to get a step on her defender, dribbled deep into the box, and sent a hard line drive into the middle of the net for her team-leading 15th goal of the season.

“I was thinking that I had to get that goal to give us an early lead,” Vega said. “I got a pass from Melissa, took it outside, and was able to go all the way.”

The Jaguars' strong ball movement helped them outshoot Loara, 10-3, in the first half.

Loara was on the attack early in the second half and had a chance to tie the match in the 53rd minute. Sophomore Deseree De La Rosa found open space in the box and got off a twisting shot that was stopped by Jaguars junior goalie Odalis Elias with a dive to her left.

De La Rosa got off another shot in the 67th minute, but Elias again prevented a goal with a save. Moments later, De La Rosa suffered a left ankle injury and was unable to remain in the match.

The Jaguars added a goal in the 74th minute. Mazariegos beat two defenders in the box and got off a shot as she was falling to the ground that sailed into the net.

“I went all out and had belief in myself, which helped me get that shot off,” Mazariegos said.  “The win was incredible, and shows that no matter where we play, we feel that we can be the best.”

Loara mounted a final scoring chance in the closing seconds, but senior Cierra Boaz was stopped by Elias.

"We failed to capitalize on and finish our chances,” Saxons coach Amador Nunez said. “I told our girls after the match that our goals are to finish league on a run and have a good seed in CIF.”


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