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Hilltop Lancers take aim at defending girls field hockey league championship title Phillip Brents | Thu, Oct 17 2013 11:01 PM

The Hilltop High School girls field hockey team successfully opened defense of its Metro Conference championship by defeating the host Bonita Vista Barons, 1-0, last Friday and followed up that with a resounding 11-0 victory against visiting Chula Vista on Wednesday.

Kasey Simonds scored the game-winning goal in the game at Bonita Vista,, assisted by Miranda Dykes. Goaltender Vanessa Macias received credit for the shutout.

The Lancers improved to 2-0 in league play, 9-6 overall, following Wednesday’s win.

Chula Vista dropped to 0-2 in league play, 1-10 overall, following the setback.

The Spartans faced off league play with a 5-0 loss last Friday to visiting Eastlake (5-5 overall, 1-0 in league play).

Hilltop plays at Eastlake Friday, Oct. 18, in a match-up of league unbeatens while Chula Vista hosts Otay Ranch (5-7-1 overall entering league play).

Lancer coach Rita Parrish said her team appears to be gaining momentum at the right time of the season.

“We lost five seniors to graduation but we managed to keep our core players,” Parrish explained. “We have some new talent, but overall we’re pretty solid. The team has grown and improved every game we’ve played.

“Our goal is to defend our league championship.”

The Metro Conference line-up remains as in the past, with no new members joining this season. Bonita Vista joins Hilltop, Eastlake, Otay Ranch and Chula Vista as Metro members.

Hilltop will host Bonita Vista on Oct. 30 as part of its annual “Pink Game” festivities to benefit breast cancer.

“We have close connections to individuals who have gone through treatment and are survivors,” Parrish said. “We want to do something philanthropic to help benefit others.”

Team previews
Chula Vista opened the season with a 5-0 loss to Southwest but topped Morse, 1-0, on Sept. 18 in other non-league action.

Spartan coach Ben Villanueva calls girls field hockey a “hard sell.”

“This (is a) game no one knows about, but we do get players and they enjoy it and each other,” Villanueva said. “(It) makes for great seasons regardless of wins and losses.

“We’re looking to win this year.  We will play hard and respect the game and our opponents.  Bonita, Otay Ranch and Hilltop are the teams to beat as usual.  We hope to be mentioned with them soon.”

Top returners include sophomores Celeste Garcia and Kimberly Conway, junior Lexus Alley and seniors Monica Torres, Zena Ramirez-Blantz and Chelsea Baloo.

Newcomers who hope to impact the team include seniors Ellia Monzo, Samantha Augilar, sophomore Catalina Mariscal and freshman Elaine Lazo.

Making the jump from the junior varsity ranks are juniors Priscilla Guerena and Caroline Talavera and Kapri Walker.

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