Santa Paula Times

Lizette Aquino (#9) gets ready to move the ball downfield in the varsity win.

Lady Cards send Malibu packing with soccer wins

January 29, 2003
The Lady Cardinal JV and varsity soccer teams both won their games with the Malibu Sharks last week. Playing at home for the last time in January, the JV girls won their game, 2-1.Freshman Athena Cabral gave the Lady Cards a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute of the first half on a far post shot from 10 yards out. Malibu jumped back in the 55th minute of the second half to tie the score. The Cards answered five minutes later when sophomore Charlene Gonzalez struck the game-winning shot from 16 yards. Santa Paula goalkeeper Alexis Harvey had six saves.The varsity girls beat the Sharks for the first time in recent memory, 2-1. Malibu has consistently maintained a grip on the Frontier League’s third pace spot, while Nordhoff and Calabasas usually take first and second place honors. Although Calabasas has exited the Frontier League, but was replaced by a more potent Oaks Christian, who recently beat defending league champions Nordhoff. This was a big win for the Lady Cardinals. They’ll take on the Sharks again on February 7.There was no score at halftime, but in the 65th minute Malibu went on the attack and only a smothering save by Cardinal goalkeeper Raquel Gonzalez stopped Malibu from scoring. She cleared the ball out 40-yards and a Malibu defender hit the ball back into scoring position and into the net, giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Gonzalez’ organization of the defense helped to limit Malibu to only three shots on target for the entire match.
The Cardinals continued their high-pressure attack. In the 74th minute, freshman Celina Rios hit the net on a corner kick from Gretta Strautman. This was Rios’ first career goal for the Cards. In the 76th minute, Claire Powers capitalized on a Malibu goalkeeper’s error and slammed the winning goal into the back of the net.The Lady Cardinal coaches say this could be considered the soccer programs’ greatest win in years.