Girls’ Soccer Loses Against Charter Oak

Varsity girls’ 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 Walnut’s defense limited Charter Oak to one attempt, holding the Chargers scoreless for the first half.

“I think this is one of the best games we’ve ever performed because we all had great opportunities to help the team win,” Amezcua said. “I wasn’t expecting a goal, but now that I got one, I have no words to explain it.”

Chargers captain senior Taylor Salgado scored Charter Oak’s first point at the 10 minute mark of the second half. However, the Mustang’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.

“We had a lot of opportunities and more possession than the other team. I believed we could have won,” attacking midfielder junior Bella Amezcua said. “We need to improve on defending better on one versus one and marking up with the players.”

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.

“I could [have] played one percent harder and that might have made the whole difference for the game,” Wong said. “Charter 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.”

By Eunice Lin and Haixin Guo, Staff writers

Photo by Jeffrey Tran