Girls soccer loses to Charter Oak in overtime

Varsity girls soccer lost to Charter Oak 1-2 in a home league game Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Charter Oak and Walnut were evenly matched throughout the first half, with various steals and counterattacks from both sides. However, the Mustangs broke through when attacking midfielder senior Sofia Castillo scored the first goal of the game with an assist from midfielder junior Kaitlyn Wong. The Chargers immediately responded with a free kick, ending the first half 1-1.

“It wasn’t the half that we wanted. We wanted to take more possession of the ball. We wanted to play our game at [a] high level,” midfielder sophomore Alexia Chavez said. “I was frustrated because we should’ve scored many goals; we had the opportunities, but just didn’t put them away.”

Despite the Mustangs keeping more possession of the ball during the second half, both teams were unable to score. Members from both teams received red cards from the referee, reducing each team to 10 players as they headed into overtime. After a foul outside the 18-yard box, the Chargers responded by scoring another free kick, making the final score 1-2.

“We weren’t working as a team, we were holding on to the ball for too long [and] weren’t connecting passes,” defender freshman Kimberly Sandoval said. “[This game taught us that] you might lose some games, but you have to work from your mistakes and improve from them. It will help us in the long run because we’ll learn to have communication and to not let other people get into our heads.”

Varsity girls soccer will play its next league game at Diamond Ranch Friday, Jan. 19.

By Raymond Dunn, Staff writer
Photo by Jessica Dixon