Fri, Apr 12 2013 02:01 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
Metro Conference play faced off Monday for the area’s high school girls lacrosse teams, and first-year Bonita Vista coach Wednesday Serio certainly had nothing but positive comments to offer following her team’s snappy 7-4 victory at Otay Ranch.
“The girls have been improving so much, and they’re mostly sophomores,” said Serio, a 2012 BVHS graduate. “The level they’re playing at right now is awesome, so that means next year or two years from now, it will be unbelievable.”
The game featured spurts of goal scoring. The host Mustangs closed to within 4-2 and 5-3 midway through the second half but never could manage to score that breakthrough goal.
Lauren Gonzales led the Barons (1-0 in league, 2-3 overall) with three goals while teammate Melinda Miranda scored twice and fellow teammates Melissa Villaflor and Kylie McLellan each contributed one goal.
Demi Greiner paced Otay Ranch (0-1, 2-3) with two goals while teammates Jessie Devera and Danica Satumbaga each scored once.
Of note, BVHS goalie Laryssa Lucatero is double dipping this spring by also competing on the school’s swim team. She is the defending Mesa League champion in the girls 100-yard backstroke.
Lucatero had five saves in Monday’s game. Her counterpart at the other end of the field was credited with four saves.
Serio said teamwork is the key ingredient to any team’s success on the field.
“I expected them to work together as a team,” Serio said in listing her preseason expectations. “It’s important to have chemistry on the field. They’ve done that. Our goal is to keep improving.”
Otay Ranch coach Mary Cory was obviously disappointed by her team’s performance.
“We did not play to our full potential,” she said. “We didn’t play the game we’d been training for. But I have faith in my girls to pull together to do better.”
In other league openers on Monday, Eastlake (1-0, 4-1) downed host Mar Vista, 12-10, while defending league champion Hilltop (1-0, 3-7) defeated visiting Chula Vista (0-1, 3-6) by a score of 15-3. Kindred Lowman scored eight goals in Eastlake’s win.
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