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Bonita Vista Lady Barons are off to a fast start on the soccer pitch John Philip Wyllie | Fri, Jan 17 2014 01:48 PM

Throughout the 1980s, ’90s and into the first five years of this century, Bonita Vista High School completely dominated South County girls soccer by reeling off 23 consecutive league championships. With the caliber of high school girls soccer in the region constantly improving  and, with the emergence of competitive programs at Eastlake, Otay Ranch and Hilltop, specifically, winning a Metro-Mesa Championship has become much more difficult.

It’s been five years since the previously unbeatable Barons claimed their last league title. This season, the ninth-ranked Barons could regain their crown.

The Barons have impressed in the early going by posting a 9-2-1 record, including victories against highly regarded Poway and Point Loma. Coach Ryan Marquez has assembled a high-scoring well-balanced team with a solid defense.

The Baron attackers have pressured the opponents’ goal consistently all season.  Senior forward Jennifer Ballez leads the forwards (and team) in scoring with nine goals, but she is being challenged by freshman line mate Natalya Romaine with six goals.

Junior Pascale Dumesnil has chipped in three goals despite the fact that she has missed four games due to Division I college recruiting trips. Once she commits, her increased presence will make BV’s offense even more potent.

Sophomore forwards Shae Provencher and Nikki Miranda have three goals apiece and freshman Marcela Macias scored her first goal of the season recently.

Marquez’s midfield is both skillful and tenacious.

“Our senior defensive midfielder, Kianna Brevig is very strong and steady,” Marquez said. “She dictates the rhythm of our team. Kianna’s very smart and she’s a natural leader.”

While her responsibilities are primarily defensive, Brevig on occasion joins in the attack. She has two goals to her credit.

“Our sophomore attacking midfielder Amanda Castillo is a real fireplug,” Marquez added.

Castillo has notched seven goals and has four assists.

“She and senior Aleena are good possession players who know how to distribute the ball effectively,” Marquez said.

Junior Danika Miranda rounds out the Barons strong midfield.

Returning converted goalkeeper Madison McFarland has made a remarkable transition from field player to goalkeeper. She will share playing time this season with newcomer Amber White.

Supporting that goalkeeping tandem will be central defender Emily Sherman, with Woesha Hampson-Medina, Nikki Miranda and Lauren Gonzalez on the flanks. Sagan Helle, Alexus Cosio, Priscilla Eckardt and Vanessa Reyes will provide depth on defense.   


Bonita Vista defeated Hilltop, 3-0, in a non-league game on Dec. 19. The Lancers move to the new Metro-Pacific League this season to face geographic rivals Sweetwater, Castle Park and Chula Vista.

The Barons kick off league play Jan. 22 against visiting Olympian. The Barons are next in action Monday, Jan. 13, at Scripps Ranch in non-league play.

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