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Capistrano Valley extends lead in the Sea View League
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO- With their goal of clinching the Sea View League title coming into focus, No. 2 Capistrano Valley produced a key victory to put a some valuable distance between themselves and their nearest competitor.
Seniors Alex Hussar and Jordyn Belanto each tallied a goal, as the Cougars knocked off the San Juan Hills Stallions, 2-1, Tuesday at San Juan Hills.
With the win, Capistrano Valley (13-1-3; 4-0-1) moves four points ahead of second place San Juan Hills (8-3-5; 2-2-1) Both teams have three league matches left to play.
The Cougars are now undefeated in their last 15 matches (12-0-3).
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“We were outstanding in the first 25 minutes of the match was outstanding,” Cougars coach Neil Powell said. “Our movement was good and we should have gotten two or three more goals. We were our own biggest enemy in the second half and have to work on managing the game a little better.”
Capistrano Valley took the lead less than minute into the match, as sophomore Jennifer Munoz crossed a pass into the middle of the box for a streaking Hussar, who tapped a shot into the goal.
“It was the same play we had run in practice,” Hussar said. “I ran into the middle, Jen (Munoz) was able to get me the ball, and I was able to score.”
The Cougars controlled possession throughout the first half, winning several 50/50 balls in the middle third and setting up their runs toward the goal with quality passes. Despite out-shooting the Stallions 6-1, Capistrano Valley was unable to capitalize on their first half opportunities. Stallions senior goalie Yesenia Pulido produced a key save in the 27th minute, diving to her right to stop a shot by Cougars sophomore Casey Murphy.
After putting three shots on goal in the first five minutes of the second half, Capistrano Valley executed a set piece in the 46th minute to increase the lead. Off a corner kick from junior Riley Eggeman that twisted into the box, Belanto tracked the ball and headed a shot into the near corner of the goal.
“I missed a couple in the last game and I just told myself that I had to get my head or body on the ball somehow,” Belanto said. “The ball was coming right at me and I beat the defender to the ball and the shot went in.”
San Juan Hills cut the margin in half in the 60th minute, as freshman Ari Weise found space and blasted a shot from nearly 40 yards out that floated into the middle of the goal.
The Cougars nearly added an another goal in the 71st minute, but Pulido made a nice stop on a hard line drive shot by senior Samantha Celani.
The Stallions produced a deep run into the attacking third in the 75th minute, but a shot from freshman Isabella Angotti-Jones floated over the goal.
San Juan Hills mounted late attacking pressure in the final moments, but two big clearances by sophomore defender Bailey Selecky helped close out the Cougars win.
“I thought the girls played hard, but we gave up the early goal and couldn’t catch up from that,” Stallions coach Farrel Moore said. “We just have to keep working and the results will come.”