The Metro Conference’s realigned Metro-South Bay League kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 5. Balance should be the operating word this season.
“It kind of evens it out for a lot of groups,” Montgomery High School girls soccer coach Carlos Ugarte Jr. explained. “It’s going to make things more even. It’s going to make things more competitive. Before you had one team that dominated. This evens things out.”
Montgomery will compete alongside geographic rivals Southwest, Mar Vista and San Ysidro for the inaugural Metro-South Bay League title.
The Aztecs are 1-2-1 having played a limited schedule, but throw out last Friday’s 8-0 loss to Hilltop and Montgomery’s record is more palatable.
Southwest is 10-4 on the season, with a runner-up finish in December’s Bonita Vista girls tournament, while Mar Vista is 10-6. Both teams might be considered the early front-runners to hang a league banner in their respective gymnasiums.
Montgomery will compete in the realigned San Diego Section Division V playoffs along with Castle Park. The Aztecs and Trojans battled to a 0-0 standoff in a non-league game on Jan. 22, though not for a lack of scoring opportunities by both teams.
The skill level exhibited by each team in the match was of very good quality — something that definitely couldn’t be said 25 years ago. Girls soccer has come a long way in South County during that time span, and it looks to only continue to get better.
The Aztecs finished 3-14-2 last season and 2-13-2 in 2011-12.
“It takes time to build a program,” Ugarte said. “This is my third year here and it takes about three years to start seeing results. This should be the first year where we really start moving forward with the program.”
Barons on top
Bonita Vista improved to 3-0 in Metro-Mesa League play following Wednesday’s 3-0 victory against visiting Eastlake in front of a massive crowd at BVHS. The win marked the first time that the Barons had defeated the Titans in a league match since Feb. 5, 2010.
Marcela Macias, Pascale Dumesnil and Natalya Romaine each scored goals for Bonita Vista, which improved to 12-3-2 overall. Madison McFaland and Amber White shared the shutout. Eastlake dropped to 1-1 in league play, 7-3-1 overall.