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Righetti's girls soccer team downed Santa Maria 2-0 at Righetti's Warrior Stadium Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.

Both coaches seemed happy enough with how their respective teams played.

"I thought it went amazing," for his team, third-year Righetti coach Leo Avila said after the Warriors matched their win total from all of last season.

"We have a lot of details to work on, but I'm very happy with the way the girls played tonight."

Santa Maria coach Christian Alvarez said, "I thought (our team) played with a lot of pride.

"Our defense played very well. We told them they had to be physical, especially since (the Warriors) have such high quality forwards."

Lindsey Lucas scored in the 8th minute of the first half, Kayla Minetti tallied in the 24th minute of the second and that was enough for the Warriors.

Righetti controlled the ball most of the time. Santa Maria defenders Samary Nava, Noelia Ayuso and Araneg Leon and, in the second half, Jessica Garcia, helped their team stay in it by denying the Warriors on several forays deep into Santa Maria territory.

However, Lucas got the scoring started with an assist from Haley Goug, Minetti scored on a pass from Lauren Zimmer and the Saints couldn't get on the board.

They came close. Leon's shot with less than two minutes to play banged off the left goal post. Santa Maria didn't have any other scoring threats in the second half.

In fact, Leon's near miss was the only time the Saints came close to scoring Tuesday night.

Two would-be Righetti goals after intermission didn't count. A handball call nullified one goal. An offside call cancelled the other.

The Warriors spent a lot of time going to Minetti. The sophomore second-year varsity player had some offside calls go against her, but in the 24th minute of the second half she worked herself free on the left side, stayed onside and scored.

"I just had to check where the opposition was and make sure I was onside," when she took Zimmer's pass, said Minetti.

Righetti goalkeeper Carissa Freeman wasn't officially credited with an assist on Minetti's goal, but she played a big part in it.

Freeman charged to get a loose ball and fired a quick pass. That helped the Warriors beat the Saints in transition, and that ultimately paid off in a goal for Minetti.

Minetti said the Warriors are ahead of where they were last season.

"We're working better as a team, working together, better than we did last year," Minnetti said.

Santa Maria goalkeeper Tania Rojas ruined a lot of promising-looking Righetti series in the first half by coming out of the goal box and snaring loose balls on long Righetti passes.

Righetti will play at Santa Ynez at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Santa Maria will host San Luis Obispo at 3:30 p.m. that day.

Nipomo 3, Pioneer Valley 2

The Titans edged the Panthers at Nipomo in the season opener for both squads.

Sasha Brafman scored in the fifth minute for the Panthers. Valeria Ornelas scored in the 82nd.

Pioneer Valley goalkeeper Sara Rodriguez made four saves.

Santa Ynez 3, Arroyo Grande 2

Aile Uribe gave the Pirates (1-0) a 3-1 lead with a goal in the 71st minute at Arroyo Grande's Doug Hitchen Stadium, and the Pirates held off the Eagles (0-1).

Monica Pizano tallied in the second minute and Heather Rennie scored in the 36th as the Pirates led 2-0 at halftime.

Julia Pritchard assisted on Santa Ynez's second and third goals. Pirates' goalkeeper Breanna Rodrigues made four saves.

Boys soccer

Santa Ynez 3, Arroyo Grande 1

The Pirates (1-0-1) earned their first win of the season with a victory over the Eagles at Santa Ynez.

Fernando Garcia got the Pirates going quickly. He started the scoring in the second minute.

Spencer Hall scored for Santa Ynez in the 20th minute, and the Pirates led 2-1 at halftime. Sam Villa scored Santa Ynez's last goal in the 78th minute.

Ivan Virgen assisted on that one. Assists for the Pirates' first two goals were unavailable.

Girls basketball

Providence 46, Valley Christian Academy 18

The Santa Barbara-based Patriots beat the Lions (0-1) at VCA.

Mayley DeBernardi led the Lions with seven points. Heather Knudsen scored five.


Sports Reporter