The first half saw the Cabrillo girls soccer team struggle with getting its offense going against Morro Bay.
The second overtime period, however, saw the Conquistadores play inspired soccer after teammate Isabelle Pellot left with a devastating knee injury – kicking two goals inside the net after her departure and winning 4-2 on Tuesday at Vandenberg Village.
Pellot collided with a Pirates player and fell down hard on the Cabrillo High grass. The senior defender left with a brace over her left knee and was carted off the field. After the CHS girls huddled together and said a prayer for their fallen teammate, the Conqs (4-4-3, 1-0 in the Los Padres League) caught fire on offense from there.
Senior Natalia Tulloch – who saw six of her previous attempts either get blocked or sail to the outside of the cross bars – scored her first and only goal during the second overtime period. Tulloch was one-on-one with the goalkeeper, patiently waited to set herself up for the scoring attempt, then booted the ball with her right foot and broke the 2-2 tie.
Tulloch said she kept her focus and composure despite the loss of one of her good friends Pellot.
“I know injuries happen in sports all the time. She’s one of my really good friends, so that was really hard for me,” Tulloch said. “But you’ve got to keep your cool and do it for her – and I know she would do the same for me.”
Tulloch ended the tie, but it was Brooklyn Gregory with the final floating dagger – as her kick attempt got the ball to float in the air before falling past Pirates goalkeeper Sadie Magpie. The ball proceeded to take the roll to the back of the net and placed CHS up 4-2.
“It was pretty crazy. We needed it. And I did it for Isabelle,” Gregory said. “We had to come together as one. When our player got hurt, I think we got fire from that.”
The early part of the LPL contest saw Tulloch as the most aggressive offensive player. Tulloch was seen trying to outrun Morro Bay to the net before taking her aim at the goal. Unfortunately, Tulloch missed out on two of her attempts. She wasn’t the only one who saw her attempts not fall through.
Karly Kovach had two chances to score, but missed out on her first try and then took a tumble on her second attempt.
Emily Moran was the first to score in the contest, as her right side kick sent the ball gliding through the air and zipping past Magpie’s hands, putting CHS up 1-0. Morro Bay’s Julia Alvarez, though, immediately tied it with her middle shot.
With the game tied at 1-1, CHS head coach Derrick Wong vocally told his team that the effort needed to change. The Conqs would outscore Morro Bay 3-1 from there, with senior Tess McIntyre breaking the 1-1 tie with her near half field kick that got the ball bouncing to the back of the net.
Wong, who has coached the CHS girls team since 2002, said he wasn’t stunned by the Pirates’ effort.
“They’ve been playing well. They’ve had a good preseason,” Wong said. “It’s the first league game. You just don’t know.”
Cabrillo will now travel to defending LPL champion Santa Ynez on Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. contest.
Lompoc 2, Templeton 0
After a scoreless first half, the Braves scored both of their goals in the second with, what head coach Jason Cochrane called, a more fluid display.
Lisa Bueno scored the first goal for LHS (2-2-1, 1-0 in the Los Padres League). Hannah Montalban scored the other goal on a penalty kick.
Lompoc 6, Templeton 0
The Braves not only stunned a previously unbeaten Templeton team, but routed the Eagles on Tuesday night at Huyck Stadium.
Lompoc (4-4-2, 1-0 in the Los Padres League) got goals from J.D. Montelongo, Alex Gonzalez, Michael Reyes, Martin Melero and Jovanny Limas. Gonzalez kicked two of the Braves' goals.
Templeton was 5-0-2 before the Tuesday night contest.
Cabrillo 65, Morro Bay 25
The defending LPL champion girls basketball team extended its league winning streak to 18 games, as Cabrillo routed Morro Bay at home on Tuesday.
Erin Jenkins scored 23 points. Both Alyssa Stewart and Alexa McCune scored nine points apiece. Defensively, Jesse Jenkins led the way with five steals and two blocks.
Nipomo 56, Santa Ynez 45
Four Titans scored in double figures as Nipomo started LPL play at 1-0 on Tuesday night.
Clarissa Simonson led Nipomo (6-7) with 16 points and collected seven rebounds. Abbey Guiterrez added 15 points and five assists. Maddie Witcher scored 14 points and nine rebounds. Shantille Simonson finished with 10 points.