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Girls soccer: Orcutt Academy beats Righetti 5-2, moves to 2-0-2

Girls soccer: Orcutt Academy beats Righetti 5-2, moves to 2-0-2

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The very first game as Orcutt Academy's girls soccer coach for Brian Speer ended in a 17-0 loss to Righetti.

That was eight years ago.

Fast forward to Thursday night, and the Spartans came away with a 5-2 win over the Warriors in a non-league game. 

"This program has come a long ways," Speer said. "My very first game at Orcutt Academy, Righetti beat us 17-0. Now we flipped the script and to beat them 5-2 is just incredible. We played them last year and tied 3-3 and some of the girls thought Righetti had a better team this year. They're well coached and they've got a lot of great players." 

The Spartans improved to 2-0-2 on the season. They've beaten Dunn and now Righetti and also drew with St. Joseph and Lompoc. 

Taylor Martinez, Marianna Chavez, Kira Hopkins, Mecaelea Lopez and Elliana Kline also scored for the Spartans. Chavez, Ciarra Luna-Vasquez and Keanna Ackerman combined to score assists in the win. 

Alyssa Castro scored both goals for the Warriors on free kicks in the second half.

Girls basketball

Santa Maria 69, Valley Christian 17

The Saints knocked down 17 3-pointers to roll past the Lions. Noelia Cruz hit four 3-pointers on her own while Alma Fernandez (3), Luz Olea (2), Yvette Lopez (2), Aracely Montar (2), Madi Garrity (2), Iceis McNutt (1), Carlissa Solorio (1) also knocked down 3-pointers.

It was Solorio, though, who led the Saints in scoring with 19 points. She also grabbed nine rebounds.

Cruz finished with 12 points as Montar added 10  and Fernandez chipped in nine. The rest of the scorers for the Saints were Garrity (8), Olea (6), Lopez (6) and McNutt 3.

The Saints next play in an out-of-bracket game at the Bryan Ayer Classic in Lompoc on Saturday against Cabrillo at 9:30 a.m.

St. Joseph 44, Shafter 41

The Knights (1-3) earned their first win of the year, edging the Generals (0-3) in a San Luis Obispo Tournament game at Nipomo High School.

Bryan Ayer Classic

Orcutt Academy 37, Cabrillo 36

Down by five to start the fourth quarter, the Spartans (5-0) rallied for a win on the first day of the tournament at host Lompoc High School.

The win was the first for an Orcutt girls basketball team over Cabrillo.

“We held them to six points in the fourth quarter,” Spartans coach Tom Robb said in a text. “Our defense was fantastic the whole game.”

Giselle Calderon led Orcutt’s scoring with 10 points.. Erynn Padhal pulled down 12 rebounds and scored nine points.

Pioneer Valley 54, Santa Ynez 35

Grace Padilla scored 18 points for the Pirates, but the Panthers (3-3) snagged a win in this first-day tournament game.

Boys basketball

Orcutt Academy 73, Paso Robles 55

The Spartans lost in their opening game at the Morro Bay Holiday Invitational Tournament on Thursday.
 
Elijah Stephenson had 19 points for Orcutt Academy, Camden Smith added 11 as Connor Adams Aidan Carroll chipped in nine and eight points respectively. The Pirates play Santa Ynez Friday at the tournament.
 
In other action, Arroyo Grande beat Santa Ynez 78-31 in their opener of the Morro Bay Tournament. Nate Rogers scored 10 points for Santa Ynez (1-3). Santa Ynez plays Orcutt Academy Friday at 5 p.m. at Morro Bay High School.
Gage Gomez had 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting for the Eagles as Robert Hutchens added 18 and Michael Atherton had eight.

Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jbaileysmsports

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There were three made baskets in overtime in this one, and St. Joseph junior forward Sam Bazenga made them all.

He also made the defensive play of the game, blocking Arroyo Grande star Gage Gomez's desperation 3-point try as time ran out in overtime. The Knights edged the Eagles 67-64 in front of a loud, capacity crowd at St. Joseph's Hofschulte Gym Friday night, tagging Arroyo Grande with its first Mountain League loss this season.

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