By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s girls soccer team closed out the first half of league play with a 2-0 home loss to Mount Carmel while opening the second round of Palomar League competition with a 4-0 defeat at home against Rancho Bernardo.
The losses gave Ramona a 9-9-1 overall record and a Palomar League statistic of 0-5-1.
The league and overall loss records do not include player losses due to injury. Defender Shelby Sherman has not played since injuring her shoulder Jan. 19 against Westview, and Ramona’s matches against Mount Carmel and Rancho Bernardo took place with midfielder Makayla Torsak on the sidelines due to an ankle injury.
Ramona took 14 shots against Mount Carmel on Jan. 31.
“We just couldn’t finish and put one in,” said Assistant Coach Rod Vandervort. “We played really well in that game. Probably 75 out of 80 minutes we played real strong.”
The two Mount Carmel goals within five minutes were scored off a corner kick play approximately 30 minutes into the first half and off a cross play.
The adjustments in the aftermath of Torsak’s injury included moving Teresa Italiano from forward to midfield and switching Valeria Lozano from midfield to forward.
Head Coach Tom Charbonneau made a position switch in the middle of the Rancho Bernardo game on Feb. 2. Broncos midfielder Regina Manneh had been involved in most of the early plays before Julie Voorhes was moved from midfielder to stopper so that she could mark Manneh.
Voorhes slowed down Manneh’s activity, but the Broncos still dominated the game.
“They were doing a good job of possessing the ball and putting pressure on us,” Vandervort said.
Rancho Bernardo’s first goal was in the third minute of play, and the Broncos had a 2-0 halftime lead.
“We didn’t have too many opportunities to score,” Vandervort said. “We were always sending it long and couldn’t break through their defense.”
The Bulldogs travel to Poway for Thursday’s game.