Fri, Dec 28 2012 11:00 AM Posted By: John Philip Wyllie
A year ago, the Bonita Vista Barons girls soccer team posted a 19-5-3 overall record, reached the semifinal round of the San Diego Section Division II playoffs and finished second behind Eastlake in the Mesa League standings.
With eight players from that team having departed due to graduation or injury, coach Ryan Marquez will be fielding a team with a lot of new faces and seven freshman. That being said, Marquez is optimistic about how his current team will perform.
He expects the inevitable growing pains at first, but thinks the talent is there to have another winning season.
Perhaps the biggest area of concern will be in goal. The Barons had the misfortune of losing three experienced goalkeepers from last year’s roster due to injury. So, the goalkeeping duties will fall to whoever emerges between two freshmen, Jessica Quilantan and Madison McFarland, and senior Charlotte Guerrero.
McFarland, the younger sister of former Barons goalkeeper Linsey McFarland, so far has the inside track on the starting position.
The defensive wall in front of the net will be anchored by center back and four-year starter Daria Magee. Magee, a returning all-league player will be flanked by Lauren Gonzalez, Caitlyn Shockey, Woesha Hampson-Medina, Alexus Cosio and freshmen Priscilla Eckhardt. Sophomore Emily Sherman will split time between the defense and the front line.
The midfield is an area of definite strength for the Barons with senior captain Kassy Castillo earning all-league honors a year ago. Castillo, who is returning to form following an injury, is joined by a pair of crafty juniors: Kianna Brevig and Aleena Cruz.
Like Castillo, Brevig is a returning all-league playmaker. Adding depth to the midfield will be freshmen Danika Miranda and Vanessa Reyes.
Up top, the Barons will feature sophomore Pascale Dumesnil at center forward. Dumesnil, who has an Olympic Developmental Program pedigree, broke into the starting lineup a year ago and impressed as a freshman. She is coming off an injury, but is soon expected back in the starting lineup.
Joining Dumesnil on the attack will be Jennifer Bailez and Nikki Miranda. This talented trio is being counted on to provide a lot of the Barons goal production.
Freshman Shae Provencher and Amanda Castillo will provide depth to what Marquez hopes will be a potent offense.
Eastlake will again be the favorite this season, but if the Barons can jell before league play begins they could challenge the Titans for league supremacy.
Bonita Vista carried a 7-2-1 record into the Christmas holiday. Dumesnil led the Barons with six goals while Castillo and Brevig each had five goals and Ballez had recorded a team-leading eight assists.
McFarland had posted three shutouts in 820 minutes of play.
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