Strong second half gives Central win over Brawley in girls' IVL soccer battle
Central Union High's Alondra Tellez (right) dribbles the ball against a Brawley Union High defender Friday night in Brawley. (STEVEN ESPERANZA PHOTO / January 12, 2013)
The Spartans connected for two of its three goals in the second half courtesy of senior forward Samantha Alvarado and sophomore midfielder Baylee Vincent.
The Spartans and the Wildcats played an evenly matched first half before Vincent gave the Spartans a 1-0 advantage after she knocked in a header off a corner kick.
“It’s a set play we work on and I just saw the ball and followed it in,” Vincent said.
Vincent found the back of the net again in the second half after Alvarado found her way into the goalie box.
“I was one-on-one with the goalie and I just remembered what my coaches tell me so I kicked it to the side,” Alvarado said.
CUHS head coach Ramon Lopez said he was happy to see his team working together for the win.
“We’ve been very fortunate and blessed to have a player like Baylee (Vincent), but it’s not just her,” Lopez said. “They all need to do their part so we can continue to come up with wins.”
BUHS head coach Andy Magaña said he was happy with the way his team started the game but would have liked to see them finish stronger.
“I think we ran out of gas in the second half,” said Magaña. “We need more conditioning so we can have two great halves instead of one. I’m really happy with the way the girls played in the beginning. They were being physical.”
Despite the loss, Magaña said he was happy to see his team bounce back after Tuesday’s loss to Imperial.
“Everyone is excited to play Central because they’re the team to beat,” Magaña said. “If we have the mentality we did (Friday) before every game we’d win a lot more games.”
A part of BUHS’ strong first half could be credited to junior goalkeeper, Alessandra Marquez, who had eight saves throughout the game.
“These are usually the types if games I’ll have,” Marquez said. “We knew going into the game what their strengths would be so I made sure to keep an eye out for those players.”