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Girls field hockey: Lancers sprint to 2-0 start in league play Phillip Brents | Fri, Oct 12 2012 01:20 PM

The Hilltop Lancers may have taken some of the guessing game out of which team will win this year’s Metro Conference girls field hockey championship after defeating Otay Ranch and Bonita Vista for a 2-0 start in league play.

While it’s still early, the Lancers have grabbed the early momentum awaiting an Oct. 15 showdown against visiting Eastlake, which defeated visiting Chula Vista, 1-0, in its league opener on Monday.

Hilltop rallied from a 1-0 deficit to top host Otay Ranch in the teams’ Metro opener on Oct. 4. The Mustangs seized the early momentum on a goal by Chelsea Samson in the third minute of play.

The Lancers raised their level of play in the second half, equalizing the score on a goal by Miranda Dykes with 16:26 left in regulation play and then going for the dramatic win with Jalissa Pressley’s game-wining goal with just 15 seconds left.

Kasey Simonds drew the assist on Dykes’ goal; Laurel Coleman set up Pressley’s game-winner.

“The season starts at league,” HHS assistant coach Janine Dare said. “This is for the banner. We want to bring pride to the Lancers.

“We responded when we needed to. We put our sticks on the ground and connected passes.

“I told the girls overtime would be where it would get tiring; they said, ‘Let’s finish it here.’”

Dykes and Josephine Venegas each scored goals in Monday’s 2-0 win against visiting Bonita Vista, last year’s league champion.

Gillian Stargensky scored the deciding goal in Eastlake’s verdict over Chula Vista. Sahar Arminzai was credited with four saves for the Titans (4-6-1 overall), who edged BVHS in strokes on Wednesday.

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