Womens soccer starts off the pre-season with a W


Junior Erica Leal’s pink cleats stand out on the field as she wins possession of the ball.

Megan Benner, Staff Writer

On Tues., No. 29, in their first home game under Swede Krcmar Field’s bright lights, womens varsity soccer dominated the Mira Mesa Marauders 4 to 0. Coach Carl Higham had only one day of preparation with his new team going into this tone-starter for the long season.

The Lancers dominated from the kick-off, passing forward aggressively. However, the Marauders fought back and took the first shot on goal which was saved by goalie, Senior Mckenna Tollack. On the first corner kick, Sophomore Cyndi Garcia assisted Junior Danni Zombolas for the Lancers first goal.

After that, the goals kept coming. Junior Caroline Muoio increased the score to 2 to 0 and Zombolas made a run on the right side, out running two Mira Mesa players, to score another goal. And if that wasn’t enough action, Senior Natalie Simpson ended the first half scoring the fourth goal which put the nail in the coffin.

Captains Haley Hendricks, Sami Keville, Tollack and Morgan Batchaler rallied the team together to keep up the pressure at half time’s break.

Coach Higham substituted throughout the whole second half. Due to the Lady Lancer fiery performance in the first half, many underclassmen had their chance to shine including back-up goalie Sophomore Sarah Harrelson. In the second half, however, most Lancer shots went straight to the Mira Mesa goalie.

The Marauders only chance to score was within the last five minutes of the game when the referee called a penalty kick outside the box, a call that players found surprising.

“The ref was sensitive the whole game. That shouldn’t have been a hand ball, it was an unintentional kick back to the goalie,” Harrelson said.

Harrelson did her job and held Mira Mesa to no goals. The team’s energy feed the crowd after the whistle blew to end the match.

“I felt like my Lady Lancers dominated tonight! Shout out to Haley and Makeala for doing their jobs,” Fan Senior Kenrald Chua said.

The team has two more games this week and many to come in the future.

“It’s really exciting to have such a good start to our season,” Hendricks said.