Braves Exorcise the Lady Devils

The girls warm up for the game with a two-touch drill.

Francisco Cardoso

The girls warm up for the game with a two-touch drill.

POMONA, CA —The girls varsity soccer team took home a 2-1 victory over Pomona on Friday, January 8 at Pomona High School. Junior Samantha Vega scored both goals for the Braves.

Both the Devils and Braves struggled to find their rhythm during the first half of the game, likely due to the uncharacteristically cold temperature. Pomona attacked first and almost scored a goal within the first few minutes of regulation, but the shot went wide left.

Jessyca Gonzalez responded a few minutes later by driving aggressively down the middle and passing it to Samantha Vega who was unable to finish. Gonzalez and Vega continued to attack together throughout the first half but were unable to score.

Strong defense and a bit of luck saved the Braves from being scored on toward the end of the half when Pomona received a few corner kicks. The Braves could not clear the ball after the last corner kick and Pomona got a clear shot that hit the crossbar and was ruled out of bounds.

Pomona responded with a goal of their own only minutes later which renewed the pressure on the Braves’ forwards to score as time neared expiration. Samantha Vega answered back with another goal with only minutes to spare.

“After the second goal I felt relieved because they came back and scored on us and we needed to get that one more goal to win the game and much more weight was lifted off my shoulders after that goal,” said Samantha Vega about her second goal.

The girls will face off against Sierra Vista in their first league match-up on Wednesday, January 13 at 5 PM at Sierra Vista High School.

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