The Ontario Christian girls soccer team (11-5-1, 8-0) earned the program’s 300th league victory following the 3-1 Ambassador League win over Linfield Christian on Jan. 22.
Sam Nieves provided the game’s only goal as Ontario (11-4, 1-0) defeated Chaffey, 1-0, in the Mt. Baldy League opener.
“This is a good one for us,” said Art Robles, head coach of the Jaguars. “This is the first time we beat (the Tigers) in a few years.”
Chaffey has won the last six meetings against the Jaguars, including last season’s league finale that end at 3-2 in overtime.
“The girls have been thinking about this game for a bit,” Robles explained. “We even had some alumni come back to watch the game.”
Goalkeeper Andrea Banuelos shutout the Tigers’ scoring attack at the net with six saves including a second half penalty kick.
Ontario will continue league play on Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. against Colony.
“We are very confident at this point in the season,” Robles said. “It is a good time to play (Colony.)”
Both teams entered the game looking to make an early statement with the start of league play just days away.
It was the Huskies’ 2-0 road victory tonight over Ayala that gave them redemption for last year’s 1-0 loss to the Bulldogs.
A pair of midfielders, Jessica Miclat and Olivia Seddon, proved to be the difference in the game as each scored a goal for the Huskies.
“It meant a lot because of last year’s result,” Miclat said. “We wanted to put that behind us and really focus on our end goal for this entire season. One of the goals was beating Ayala which will help us and push us to becoming a better team and achieving the bigger goals we’ve set for ourselves.”
Chino Hills will host Corona Santiago at 5:30 p.m. Monday before traveling to play Baseline League foe, Rancho Cucamonga, on Jan. 15.
Ayala will host Corona Centennial at 5:30 p.m. Monday before starting Palomares League play at home against Diamond Bar on Wednesday.
Christine Vandenberg and Colony High School defeated Mt. Baldy League rival, Montclair High School, 3-2, in overtime to claim the Ontario Christian Tournament Championship.
Vandenberg scored two goals including the game-winner for the Titans during the overtime period.
“The game plan was just to press Montclair’s back line and score as quickly as we could,” Vandenberg said. “I figured I would get a chance by pressing high. I saw the ball come off the keeper’s hands and the open net was there.”
Jessica Esquivel contributed to the Titans’ victory with a goal of her own.
“I think this win is just what we needed to boost our confidence and drive as we head into league,” Esquivel said. “This tournament has definitely prepared us mentally and physically for a competitive league this season.”
Vandenberg and Esquivel each scored in the first half before the Cavaliers would score two of their own in the second half and forcing overtime.
“There is always something to work on as a team,” Esquivel said. “But in our case I think it would be best if we worked on our consistency throughout the game instead of letting our guard down and conceding goals or our lead.”
The title game victory also served as Colony head coach John Cortez’s 100th win.
“I feel this was a perfect way for coach Cortez to get 100th win,” Vandenberg said.
Colony (7-0-3) is scheduled to play California High School at 3:15 p.m. on Jan 5. The Titans begin open league play at home against Montclair on Jan 8 at 3:15 p.m.
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Rancho Cucamonga junior Grace Coelho has verbally committed to play soccer at the University of Toledo.
Coelho will compete with the Cougars this season in a tough Baseline League schedule.
The team will begin its season with a first round game against Carter in the Fontana Summit Tournament.
More to come
Jessica Miclat of Chino Hills and Julia Bingham of St. Lucy’s were among the 24 players from across the country to be selected to the roster for the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team training camp that will take place from April 19 through 26 in Chula Vista.
“It is not only a blessing but also a huge honor to represent my country while playing and doing the one thing I love the most (playing soccer),” Miclat stated.
From the 24 players selected to participate in the training camp, a total of 18 will make the final roster, according to Miclat.
Miclat believes she has something to offer the team if she were to make the final roster.
“I offer my hard work and dedication,” she said. “I know that throughout the training sessions and scrimmages…my touches and knowledge of the game will improve but it’s my hard work and heart and dedication that got me there and will carry on, if I am selected on the team.”
It would not be the first time Miclat, who was named to the 2015 All-Inland Valley Area team, and Bingham, who signed with USC, would be teammates if they were both named to the final roster.
The two juniors played at St. Lucy’s together during their freshman and sophomore years.