Eight minutes in the Pacifica High girls’ soccer team kicked in a pair of goals against host Burbank in a CIF Southern Section Division III first-round playoff match last Friday, which held up for a 2-0 victory.
The initial tally came with six minutes having elapsed after a corner kick that was knocked into the back of the net by senior midfielder Maddie Shine from 15 feet.
The second followed two minutes later and was delivered by senior forward Yvonne Valencia on a looping attempt from the same distance after Burbank junior goalie Allison Tiegs left the cage.
Burbank came in with five consecutive Pacific League wins, but had few scoring chances and couldn’t string passes together that would advance the ball downfield.
“We were peaking and we had a good week of practice,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Eric Montoya, whose team finished 12-5-2 and 10-3-1 in league for second place. “We didn’t connect passes today and we just couldn’t win the midfield. We were out of sync all day. That’s what happens if we give up sloppy goals in the beginning. They fell asleep.”
The Mariners (12-6-3 and 7-2-2 for third in the Empire League) seemed buoyed by the early scores and kept up a tight defensive wall that Burbank couldn’t penetrate.
“The first 10 minutes we both had chances,’’ said Pacifica Head Coach Alex Camargo. “We shut down their top player (Clarissa Guerrero). Defensively we were able to contain, and once we had the 2-0 lead we kept four [defenders] back there.”
The majority of Burbank’s opportunities weren’t high-percentage shots, and the few close-range attempts didn’t yield fruit.
Even with the setback, Montoya thinks there’s a lesson to be gleaned. “We’ll learn from this,’’ he said. “We have nine freshmen on the team, so moving forward we’re going to be better because of what happened.”
Burbank freshman Nicole Winters hopes the future is bright, but felt the team could have played better. “We weren’t there for the ball when we needed to be,’’ she said. “We wanted to play, but we didn’t. We didn’t play to our potential.”