By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s girls soccer team evened both its Valley League record and overall season record with wins Feb. 5 at Orange Glen and Feb. 7 at Mission Vista.
The 4-2 victory over Orange Glen and the 2-1 triumph against Mission Vista gave the Bulldogs an overall record of 6-6-2 and a league mark of 3-3.
“Good for the girls,” said coach Deena Vizcarra. “We are back in the winning mode.”
Ramona took a three-game losing streak into the match against the Patriots, along with a two-game streak in which the Bulldogs hadn’t scored in the first half. The latter streak was broken first, and the Bulldogs’ 1-0 halftime lead turned into a 3-1 margin late in the second half, courtesy of two goals by Kacie Jordan and one successful shot by Karli Njaa.
The Patriots narrowed the margin to a single goal with a score late in the second half, but Naomi Ramirez scored shortly afterward to restore Ramona’s two-goal lead for the remainder of the game.
“We kind of had a little battle at the end there,” Vizcarra said.
Taylor Stacy, who was Ramona’s goalkeeper for the team’s previous league win, missed both February games due to injury. Sarah LaFuze handled the nets for the Bulldogs and made four saves against the Patriots.
“It was a good win,” Vizcarra said. “They did well.”
The Bulldogs had a total of 16 shots on goal against Orange Glen.
Both of Ramona’s goals against Mission Vista were scored within the first six minutes of play. Njaa’s shot initially put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard during the fourth minute of the game. In the sixth minute Courtney Dolan took a corner kick, which was headed into the net by Bianca Scodellaro.
“It was great,” Vizcarra said of the early 2-0 lead.
Those two goals were the only successful shots among the eight Ramona took that afternoon. The Timberwolves’ goal was also scored in the first half on a shot that went over LaFuze’s head and off the tip of her hand.
“It was a little bit of a struggle to win. It wasn’t easy,” said Vizcarra.
LaFuze made 15 saves against Mission Vista, including two on corner kicks. Mission Vista also had a corner kick in the final seconds of the game, but the whistle blew before the Timberwolves could attempt a shot.
LaFuze was aided by defenders Dolan, Ceci Estrada, Katherine Lorentz, and Scodellaro.
Vizcarra noted the role of the offense’s ability to maintain possession.
“We had a lot of good connecting passes,” she said.
The Bulldogs will travel to Valley Center High School for Friday’s league game.