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Prep Girls Soccer Playoffs: 'Rabbits can't keep lead
VICTORVILLE • The Victor Valley girls soccer team scored early and led for much of its CIF-Southern Section Division 3 first-round match against Mayfield on Thursday.
The Cubs, though, scored two second-half goals within a minute to eliminate the Jackrabbits 2-1.
Victor Valley’s Krysta Arias Moreno scored in the 10th minute. She controlled the rebound after Betsy Alvarez’s shot attempt and sent a shot past Mayfield goalie Marissa Valenzuela to put the Jackrabbits (5-12-3) up early.
Mayfield (9-5-3) controlled the tempo to begin the second half. The Cubs tied the game in the 62nd minute when Maddie Pena’s corner kick hit teammate Bergen Onufer in the chest. Onufer kicked the ball left footed into the left side of the goal.
Pena and Onufer hooked up again one minute later in the same roles on another corner kick and put Mayfield ahead for good.
Victor Valley only had two clear shots on goal in the second half, both attempted by Alvarez. The best opportunity to tie the game after that came with about five minutes to play. Alvarez got free in the middle of the field 25 yards out, but she pushed her shot attempt over the crossbar.
“(It was) a very tough game. I thought we had them in the beginning after our goal, but their first goal impacted the team in a negative way and we couldn’t bring it back together after that,” Victor Valley assistant coach Gerardo Nava said. “Their second goal put the game out of reach and sent us on a downhill spiral.”
Victor Valley goalkeeper Teresa Navarette made 15 saves, but the Jackrabbits were outshot 30-10 for the game.
Mayfield moves on to face second-seeded Oaks Christian in the second round on Tuesday afternoon.
“It was tough. The first half we really didn’t do well ... we are not used to the conditions of a really bumpy pitch, and that kind of caught us by surprise as we made mistakes that allowed their goal,” Mayfield coach Chris Howe said. “A credit to the girls in the second half as they went about their jobs well because we made a couple of technical changes. The girls were pushing forward good and finishing well.”
The Jackrabbits finished second behind Granite Hills in the Desert Sky League standings.