Santa Maria goal keepers Debbie Gonzalez and Karime Morales did all they could to keep their team in the game, but Santa Ynez struck for four goals Thursday night.
Aimee King scored the first goal, in the 20th minute, and assisted Kat Rocha, in the 79th, on the last. The Pirates scored a 4-0 Los Padres League girls soccer win at Santa Maria’s Ralph Baldiviez Stadium.
Anouk Aumont scored an unassisted goal in the 35th minute. Ariel Johnston headed in a corner kick from Julia Callow during first-half stoppage time. One Santa Ynez goal in the second half was disallowed because of an out-of-bounds infraction.
Gonzalez made seven saves for the Saints (0-11-0 Los Padres League) in the first half during Santa Maria’s Senior Night. Morales made 11 saves in the second.
“We placed some shots where she could reach them, but she made some good, aggressive saves,” Santa Ynez coach Rob Cantrell said of Morales, who made several diving stops.
“That made the game fun.”
Santa Ynez’s squad is looking toward a 3:30 p.m. home game next Tuesday against Cabrillo.
The Conquistadores, at 9-0-1 in league games, are in first place in the LPL. The Pirates (7-0-3 LPL) are in second.
The teams tied for first place in the LPL last year. They also tied in their first game against each other this year.
“When we played against them the first time, it was a really tough game,” said Rocha.
“When they come to our home, it will be even more of a battle. I’m really excited about it.”
The Saints couldn’t get off a shot Thursday night, but first-year Santa Maria coach Laura Mortenson felt her team gave a good account of itself in its last home game this season. The Saints will wrap up their 2012 campaign with a 4 p.m. game Tuesday at Morro Bay.
Santa Ynez spent almost all evening in Santa Maria’s end, but the Saints’ defenders effectively grouped in the center inside their 20-yard-line to choke off the Pirates’ threats most of the first half.
Abigail Cruz helped the Saints shut out the Pirates until King lofted a perfectly-placed shot from 17 yards out that dropped just under the top bar and into the back of the net in the 20th minute.
Gonzalez stopped Aumont’s shot with her back in the 35th minute, but Aumont knocked in the rebound off her own try. Callow put a nicely-placed corner kick toward Johnston shortly thereafter, and Johnston scored.
Rocha finished the scoring when she put in a perfectly-placed left-to-right shot.
Callow, in the first half, and Riley Smith, in the second, sparked a lot of good ball movement for Santa Ynez. Cruz, before intermission, and Savanna Yglesias, after the break, helped the Saints’ scrambling, hustling defenders answer several challenges from the quicker Pirates attackers.
“We have had very good ball movement the past two or three weeks,” said Cantrell.
“We are looking forward to the Cabrillo game. Cabrillo’s girls work very hard to do what they do, and we’re excited about the game.”
Cabrillo 3, Templeton 1
Against a fired up Eagles squad playing on Senior Night, the Conquistadores (9-0-1 LPL) scored twice in the first half then held off a spirited second half surge to remain undefeated in the Los Padres League.
“Templeton really brought it to us, especially in the second half,” said Cabrillo coach Derrick Wong. “They were aggressive and played hard on their Senior Night."
Carley Chatterley opened the scoring off an assist from Brianna Farley in the 28th minute, then Rebecka Miranda scored 10 minutes later from a pass from Marissa Reyna.
After Templeton pulled to within one with a goal in the 48th minute, the Cabrillo defense helped maintain the lead until Miranda Sparrow iced the game away with a free kick goal in the 78th minute. Kiki Miller made six saves in the win.
“We needed this game,” Wong said. “It was a good physical game that we really had to battle. It shook us up a little after our two games earlier in the week.”
The Conqs will next travel to Santa Ynez to take on the Pirates (7-0-3 LPL) at 3:30 Tuesday.
Nipomo 1, Lompoc 0, OT
Kaitlyne Hernandez’s penalty kick goal in the first overtime period gave the Titans another LPL win.
Nipomo improved to 11-6-2 overall and 7-3-1 in the LPL.
Brianna Gonzalez made five saves and Ebony Quarles added three more and the Titans play Mission Prep on Tuesday then at Cabrillo Thursday.
Girls Water Polo
Warren 14, Arroyo Grande 12
DOWNEY — The Eagles came up just short in their matchup with the Bears at the Southern California shootout.
Katie Sverchek had eight goals for Arroyo Grande while Katie Romine added two.
Kylie Anderson had six saves in the game as the Eagles fell to 21-3 overall but remain 11-0 in PAC 7 League play.