Girls’ Soccer Loses Against Charter Oak
Varsity girlsâ€™ soccer lost 2-3 against Charter Oak after missing two potential game-winning goals in overtime on Monday, Feb. 8 at home.
Right midfielder freshman Nadia Amezcua scored the first point of the game as Walnutâ€™s defense limited Charter Oak to one attempt, holding the Chargers scoreless for the first half.
â€śI think this is one of the best games weâ€™ve ever performed because we all had great opportunities to help the team win,â€ť Amezcua said. â€śI wasnâ€™t expecting a goal, but now that I got one, I have no words to explain it.â€ť
Chargers captain senior Taylor Salgado scored Charter Oakâ€™s first point at the 10 minute mark of the second half. However, the Mustangâ€™s left midfielder freshman Kaitlyn Wong responded with a goal off an assist from right wing junior Sarah Kamanta, regaining a lead of 2-1. Continuing a double team defense, the Mustangs still had trouble defending Salgado and allowed her to score another point, ending the second half in a stalemate, 2-2.
â€śWe had a lot of opportunities and more possession than the other team. I believed we could have won,â€ť attacking midfielder junior Bella Amezcua said. â€śWe need to improve on defending better on one versus one and marking up with the players.â€ť
After missing four attempts in overtime, one of which was a free kick, the Chargers secured a goal off a steal. Walnut was unable to make a comeback for the rest of the game.
â€śI could [have] played one percent harder and that might have made the whole difference for the game,â€ť Wong said. â€śCharter Oak was a great opponent for us [because] they are one of the better teams in the league. They really fought hard, and we did too.â€ť
By Eunice Lin and Haixin Guo, Staff writers
Photo by Jeffrey Tran