Rice scored only goal that Chargers needed to advance
Cypress, CA - The Lady Chargers played gutting out soccer like they did all season to scratch out a 1-0 victory over a physical Mt San Antonio Mounties team. Off a corner kick at the 3-minute mark of the second half, Sam Rice found the not from a pass from Justine Hauck. That was the only goal that Cypress needed to advance into the next round. The game was played in front a loud partisan crowd at Ray Haas Field, the Chargers played with emotion all game long.
The second round will be either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Cypress, CA - The Chargers (15-2-3, 12-2-2) will host the first round of the SoCal Regionals on Saturday November 17 at 2PM at Ray Haas Field. The opponent is Mount San Antonio College Mounties (12-4-5, 6-3-5) which finished the season in 4th place in the South Coast Conference. The Mounties finished the last 6 games of the season with a record of 0-3-3. The team started out 12-1-2 before going into a slump finish. During the wining stretch, the Mounties outscored the opponents 38-15 but were outscored 10-5 in the last 6 games. Battling some injuries, the Chargers finished the last 3 games of the season 1-1-1, losing the last game to the conference champions Santiago Canyon. The Chargers went 5-1-1 in the last 7 games and outscored the opponents 16-2 during that stretch.
The Mounties offensive leaders are Stephanie Catone, Jacqueline Eaves, Nicole Huyler. GK Linsay Stocks had 24 saves and gave up 10 goals in the last 6 games.
Orange, CA - The Clash of the Titans in the first meeting on October 9, the teams tied 2-2. Part Deux was supposed to be the deciding factor for the conference championship. Despite losing to Orange Coast on October 12, the Chargers still stood a chance to win the conference. Until the 0-0 tie with Golden West had knocked the Chargers out of reach. Finishing second would be just as good when comes the seeding for the Regionals. Except that Orange Coast caught up with the Chargers and only a tie or better with Santiago (19-0-1, 15-0-1) would have clinched second. Santiago's momentum for an undefeated season was intact in the season finale for both team and came away with a 2-0 victory over Cypress (15-2-3, 12-2-2.) The Chargers settled for 3rd place in the conference and awaited for the announcement of the Regionals bracket on November 13.
Cypress, CA - The last home game to bid farewell to the Sophomores could not have ended on a better note. Four Sophomores scored and the Chargers won in high fashion 4-0. Samantha Rice's head shot from Kimberly Gonzalez' corner kick put the Chargers (15-1-3,
12-1-2) up 1-0. Eight minutes later Thania Valencia found the net from inside the penalty box from an a second assist from Gonzalez. One minute into the second half, Malori Patea's header courtesy of a third assist from Gonzalez to swell the Chargers' lead to 3-0. Then to close out her career at home, Gonzalez lobbed the ball from a corner kick, only a Gaucho player put th eball into her own net. Gonzalez was credited with the goal. She finished her last home game with 5 points. Saddleback dropped to 4-13-1, 3-8-4.
The Chargers will face nemesis Santiago Canyon on Friday to close the season.
Huntington Beach, CA - The Chargers tied GWC 0-0. The Chargers outshot the Rustlers 14-3 to dominate the game, but only outshot GWC 5-2 on goals. The loss put the Chargers in jeopardy for the conference title as they are now 1.5 game behind Santiago Canyon.