Girls soccer beats Warren to secure league title

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Kaylem McGary

During the first half of he game versus Warren, Elizabeth Ham races to get the ball before her opponent, on Jan 27, at the Warren Justice Stadium. Downey scored a goal against Warren within the first minute of playing the first half.

Dinorah Acuña, Writer

The girls soccer team battled it out against cross-town rival Warren on Jan 27 at the Justice Stadium at Warren High School. With the San Gabriel Valley League title on the line the girls knew they could not tie again in their second go against the Bears. The possibility of not winning the SGVL title added more tension and pressure for the Lady Vikings to come out with the win.

“Before the game, I was really nervous because I didn’t want to lose against Warren,” center midfielder, Claudia Lopez said.

Despite the tension and pressure the girls were feeling, the game was off to an thrilling start with the Vikings scoring in the opening minute. A pass made by Lopez to midfielder Janeth Acuña allowed her to score with just 25 seconds into the game. The opening goal pumped up the Vikings and aided in easing off some of the tension.

“It was awesome!” Janeth Acuña, 10 said, “Everyone was cheering and hugging me!”

However, the Vikings knew better than to let their guard down against their tough opponent. The girls continued to play aggressively to stay up on the scoreboard. The second goal for the Lady Vikes was from captain Jasmine Medrano’s corner kick as defender Denisse Quan put it in the back of the net with her head.

“I felt really happy and proud of myself because I was helping my team win an important game against Warren,” Quan, 11, said.

In the second half Medrano made the third goal for the Vikings with the assist made by Emilie Botello, 9, however, the Bears were finally able to respond with two quick goals, changing the score board to 3-2. Warren was now determined to put up a fight and hope to come out with the win.

Towards the end of the game Claudia Lopez sent the ball into the box. As Janeth Acuña was about to head the ball in towards the goal, an opposing defender pulled Acuña’s hand sending her to the ground. The referee then marked a penalty kick in Downey’s favor. Acuña took the penalty kick and was able to put the ball in the back of the net to secure the Vikings’ win.

With this win, Downey secured the top spot in the San Gabriel Valley League and is expected to claim the league title once again.