When cross-town rivalries come together, the records and forms that come up in the game are usually thrown out the window because any outcome is realistic. Unless the current version of Pioneer High School’s women’s soccer team is playing.
Led by a hat-trick from Carla Brambilla, the Patriots continued their assault on the team as they advanced to 8-0 in the Golden Empire League before facing city rivals Woodland High School on Tuesday night. , was unfortunately unable to appear on the schedule when defeated. 6-1 at Woodland Community & Senior Center.
Going into the matchup, the Patriots beat Mesa Verde 12-0 in their only game last week. Brambilla also scored a hat-trick in the match to put the Pioneers in the lead, with Maylina Lewis, Jada Morrow and Isabella Moussakir adding braces. Additionally, Galilea Bolivar, Isabella Duarte and Dayanara de la Cruz all added goals to the total.
Woodlands went into the showdown last week with a league record 3-3-1 with a 3-0 win over Mesa Verde and a 5-2 loss to Dixon.
The scorelines weren’t that close on Tuesday night, but the Wolves showed significant improvement after losing 10-0 in the teams’ last matchup on December 8. Goals the Patriots have allowed all season. Head coach James Pearce has cut his work short with such a young team this season, but his on-field play has improved significantly.
“We have to give Woodland credit,” Patriots manager Marco Mendoza said. We held them back, but it was a tougher game than the first one.They have improved a lot and deserve a lot of credit.”
After a short but uncharacteristic game that squandered a couple of early chances and missed solid chances in the opening 10 minutes, the Patriots started to cool off thanks to midfielder Carla Brambilla. Brambilla, who had scored six goals in the past two games, opened the scoring and added a second to give the Patriots a 2-0 lead.
A few minutes later, in the 14th minute, defender Amahilani Orozco Ruiz converted a penalty into the bottom right corner, giving the Pioneers a seemingly insurmountable 3–0 lead.
Any other team in the league would probably have finished in one day and started planning an ejection, but Woodland’s speedster forward Ximena Hinojosa scored the goal of the night, and possibly of the season.
Josa Hino, who was robbed of the ball near the midfield, rushed towards the Pioneer goal. With his head tilted into shooting position, Josa Hino smashed his right-footed shot over the goalkeeper’s head into the top of the net to cut the lead to 3-1. Hinojo was in danger all night running and holding the ball, so he must have been relieved to be rewarded for his good play.
After the goal, the Patriots needed a response to keep the Wolves from gaining any more momentum, and they did so thanks to Camille Salazar’s goal after a nice pass from Gabriela Vega. The halftime score was 4-1 for him.
In the second half, top goalscorer Keila Kanchora scored the first goal of the night to make it 5-1. With a four-goal difference, the Patriots began to pull away.
In the closing stages of the game, the Pioneers scored another thanks to a superb cross-field pass from Galilea Bolivar to Brambilla, who hit the back of the net from a volley for an eventual 6-1 victory.
Next to the Wolves is Thursday’s trip to Rio Linda, the penultimate team in the league. Woodland defeated them in his December 12 meeting, where he defeated them 4–1.The game is scheduled to start at 18:00
The Patriots will stay home and host Mira Loma on Thursday at 6 p.m. This team won him 8–0 on 12 December.
“We have two tough games next week against Casa Roble and Dixon,” Medosa said. “If we beat Dixon, we’ll be fine in the league. We’ve got to improve his kicking in the corners and hitting his headers well to get into the playoffs with confidence. Like I said, we is not dependent on one girl, so that helps us.