Fri, Nov 30 2012 01:58 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
In a rare match-up of defending league champions, the defending Mesa League champion Eastlake Titans and the defending South Bay League champion San Ysidro Cougars played to a scoreless draw in a high school girls soccer game played Thursday evening at EHS.
The outing marked the season opener for Eastlake (0-0-1) while San Ysidro remained undefeated on the season at 1-0-1 following Monday's 5-1 victory against visiting Monte Vista.
Cougars on the prowl
San Ysidro finished 15-7-2 last season, 9-1-2 in league play. The Cougars topped host Sweetwater, 4-1, in the climactic league championship game on the final day of regular season play and then went on to host Poway in a first round Division I San Diego Section playoff game. Poway emerged with a 3-0 victory to end the Cougars' season.
Samantha Arellano, as a junior in 2011-12, compiled some record-setting numbers for San Ysidro by scoring 55 goals and contributing 11 assists in 18 games played. The Cougars scored a total of 79 goals.
Eastlake finished 8-0-2 in Mesa League play in 2011-12, 13-4-3 overall, as league champions. The Titans return much of the talent that helped them reach last season’s Division I semifinals.
Impact returners include senior goalkeeper Jojo McCaskil, senior defender Dylan Christensen, junior midfielder-forward Gillian Stargensky, senior defender-midfielder Rebecca Torres, and senior midfielders Janelle Prado and Blyss McCann.
McCaskil finished as the 2011-12 Mesa League Goalkeeper of the Year with 54 saves, just eight goals allowed and seven shutouts. Christensen joined McCaskil as a first team all-league selection while Stargensky (seven goals, four assists) and Torres (five goals, one assist) were both second team all-league picks. McCann scored four goals.
Impact newcomers include junior midfielders Gabriela Sainz and Ariana Rahim. Sainz scored five goals in four games after being moved up from the junior varsity team while Rahim has been a varsity performer since a freshman.
Eastlake earned the No. 3 seed in last season’s playoffs, losing to Carlsbad, 3-0, to end its season. “We hope to defend our Mesa League title and make the CIF playoffs again, which are the team goals each and every year,” Titan coach Scott Burress said.
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