Girls soccer roundup: Maria Carrillo stays perfect in NBL

Cardinal Newman's Lauren Miller, left, and Windsor's Savannah Ampuno compete for the ball during Wednesday's game. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman’s Lauren Miller, left, and Windsor’s Savannah Ampuno compete for the ball during Wednesday’s game. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Maria Carrillo’s undefeated girls soccer team wrapped up the first half of NBL play with a 3-0 victory over host Rancho Cotate on Wednesday night.

The win improved the Pumas’ league record to 7-0 and 10-0-1 overall.

Carrillo peppered the Rancho defense with 33 shots on goal.

Cami Rencken scored the only goal the Pumas would need in the first half. After intermission, shots by Brooke Dunbar and Bria VarnBuhler found the inside of the net.

Sarah Sullivan picked up the first two assists and Amy Glaser got the last one with a corner kick.

Jenna Tidewater and Claire Howard split goalkeeping duties for Carrillo.

Rencken and Rachel Sellner were returning to action after being sidelined several weeks with injuries.

Coach Debra LaPrath was impressed with the play of midfielder Miranda Gonzalez.

“She was absolutely brilliant,” LaPrath said. “She took command of the midfield dictating play and feeding the forwards.”

The coach also praised the Cougars for playing with a lot of discipline and foiling most of Carrillo’s shots.

MONTGOMERY 4, SANTA ROSA 0

At Montgomery, the Vikings broke open a close game by scoring three goals in a 10-minute span midway through the second half.

“That was one of the best 10 minutes of soccer we played all year,” coach Pat McDonald said.

April Gomez, Eden Brooker and Emma Orosz scored the second-half goals. Natalie Barragan got the goal in the opening period when the Santa Rosa goalkeeper didn’t clear the ball.

“Our defense was very good,” McDonald said. “Santa Rosa didn’t get too many shots on goal. Taylor Fager had a great game.”

Montgomery is now 5-1 in league and 10-1 overall.

WINDSOR 3, CARDINAL NEWMAN 1

At Windsor, the Jaguars used two quick goals, one minute into the first half and the other a little over a minute into the second half, to defeat the Cardinals.

“This was big win for us,” coach Mark Archambault said. “More importantly, I don’t think we’ve beaten Newman since they were Ursuline in 2006. It’s been that long.”

Windsor set the pace from the outset on Symone Nevel’s goal less than two minutes into the game.

Cardinals forward Megan Moore evened things up with her 12th goal in nine games this season 6 minutes later.

But the Jaguars pulled ahead quickly in the second half, when Mariah Meza scored just over a minute after the break to put Windsor up for good.

Windsor carries a three-game win streak into the second half of the NBL season.

“Hopefully this will give the girls the momentum and carry us into the second half for the games we have coming up,” Archambault said.

“You can’t give up goals like that,” Newman coach Paul Dixon said. “I think we were just second best all night. … All credit to Windsor; they deserve it.”

Staff writer Peter Fournier contributed to this report.

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