Fri, Mar 01 2013 11:28 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
It might not have been the prettiest of wins but a win it was — the first San Diego Section Division I championship game victory in history for the Eastlake High School girls soccer team.
“Effort, definitely, and the great defensive play helped win this for us,” said EHS coach Scott Burress after last Friday’s 1-0 win over top-seeded Carlsbad at Mesa College.
Ang Boyd scored in the 28th minute of play and Eastlake goalkeeper Jojo McCaskill played the finest game of her high school career, making 20 saves, including 17 in the second half, as the second-seeded Titans upset the Lancers.
Boyd may have tallied the game’s lone goal but McCaskill was clearly the star of the match for the Titans (15-2-6). She was tested often in the second half. Many of her saves were hard to believe, much less describe.
As the saying goes, she played unconscious in the net.
“When I saw Ang’s shot go in, I knew they would be coming at me,” said McCaskill, who will attend CSU Northridge on a soccer scholarship. “I knew I just had to stay calm.”
McCaskill played one of those games in which there was no way a goal was going to be scored on her. When she wasn’t in position to make a save, somehow the ball found her safe grasp anyway.
She was a magnet throughout the contest. The ball found her as if she was pulling it back on a yo-yo string.
“Jojo has played some great games in her career and this was one of them,” EHS coach Scott Burress said. “She was unbelievable.”
McCaskill called it her best.
“When the ball was bouncing around in front of me I just wanted to come out and kill everybody,” McCaskill said.
The game’s lone goal developed after teammate Kacie Morton had made a pass across the top of the 18-yard box. The ball somehow found Boyd’s feet through a maze of players and her turf-buzzing shot made it inside the far post.
“I got a first touch shot through the gap,” Boyd said. “It was overdue because I hadn’t scored in a long time.”
Boyd said the entire team drew inspiration from each save, many of them difficult, that McCaskill made in a second half almost completely dominated by the rampaging Lancers.
“She’s stellar — she saves us 98 percent of the time,” Boyd said.
Carlsbad, which outshot Eastlake 20-3, finished its season 14-4-5.
The Metro Conference senior girls all-star game is scheduled Friday, March 8, at 6 p.m. at Mater Dei Catholic High School.
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