Walnut impressive in 4-0 rout of South Hills; Bishop Amat dominates La Salle

Bishop Amat High School’s girls soccer team is undefeated and atop the CIF-Southern Section coaches top-10 poll in Division 6 for a reason, and the Lancers showed why Monday. Selena Quezada came off the bench to score two goals and Yazmin Montoya had another, all in the second half, to lead Bishop Amat to a 3-0 victory over La Salle in Del Rey League action


Above: Walnut defender Nikki McKee gives up her body to protect goalkeeper Deanne Resplandor. BTW, McKee also kicks extra-points for the Mustangs.

By Fred J. Robledo
Walnut
– When South Hills high school’s Natalie Maxey had a header off a corner kick poked away by Walnut goalkeeper Deanne Resplandor in the 29th minute, Huskies coach Scott Mocabee gasped.
When Huskies forward Mayra Almazan couldn’t convert a breakaway a few
minutes later, Mocabee gasped again.
“You hope you can convert one of those chances and sit on it (the lead),” Mocabee said. “If you don’t, Walnut’s going to make you pay, they always do.”
Isn’t that the truth, Walnut turned a scoreless game at half into a
4-0 rout on Monday, burying chance-after-chance in the final 40 minutes to take over sole possession of first in the San Antonio league as it chases its 11th consecutive league title. (To continue click thread)

“I knew the first half was going to be a little bit of nerves because
there is always a lot of anticipation when you play South Hills,” Mustangs
coach Lorraine Hansen said. “It was going back and forth for a while,
then Deanne came up with that huge save. That sparked us, we almost scored
near the end of the first half, and that momentum carried over.”
You couldn’t ask for better execution either.
Alex Interiano put the Mustangs in front 1-0 in 50th minute after the
combination work from Ashley Caligiuri and freshman Kayla Mills left her with an easy finish in front of the Huskies’ goal.
A couple minutes later, Mills doubled the lead with a left-footed shot from the top of the penalty area that Huskies goalkeeper Morgan Belio could barely get her fingertips on.
The Mustangs kept pushing, getting another goal when Mills’ pass out
wide to Caligiuri was crossed to the back post for Stefanie Catone, who
finished a tricky right-footed shot across her body in the 64th minute.
Alexia Avila closed the show with a right-footed shot from 20 yards
that had so much pace Belio couldn’t do anything but stare at it, giving the
Mustangs a commanding 4-0 lead in the 77th minute.
It was also the Mustangs’ (15-3-2, 6-0) seventh consecutive shutout, a credit to a 3-4-3 formation that starts with center back Nikkie Mckee, who
also receives plenty of help from outside defenders Hannah Leu and Ari Anaya.
When Hansen wanted to go with just three defenders in the back, she
said she heard whispers from some questioning her tactics, but the formation
has allowed the Mustangs to attack in numbers and play three forwards up top.
Besides, with most teams bunkering-up defensively and only sending one or two forwards at them, it’s a luxury they can afford.
“Maybe we give up a little in the back, but I have a lot of confidence in those back three,” Hansen said. “They all sort of have sweeper mentalities back there, and it has allowed us to be stronger in the midfield and has created more scoring opportunities.”
With South Hills dropping to 9-7-1 and 4-1, you won’t get an argument
from Mocabee.
“They’re the best team we faced all season, they have so much depth,”
Mocabee said. “After we got down and tried to push, we left way too many holes in the back and as you saw, they’re too fast and too strong to survive those kind of breakdowns defensively.”

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  • Anon

    Walnut 4-0 over South Hills. First half ended 0-0 but Walnut cranked it up in the 2nd half.

  • http://tiv.quezada@gmail.com amat parent

    amat 3 – la salle 0

  • LA Insider

    Alright Freddy, you’ve seen both Walnut and LA play in the last week. In your honest opinion, who is the better team?

    Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until next year to see this match-up, but you have a pretty good soccer sense so tell us what you think!

  • FredJ

    Tough call, tough call, why are you putting me on the spot? First my disclaimer, don’t ask about Walnut leaping Los Altos in the polls, Los Altos deserves its spot regardless of the hecklers that told me otherwise today. JK…I wish I hadn’t seen Los Altos play in the rain, couldn’t really see them at full speed. But Walnut, they’re awfully good. The only way you’re going to beat them is on counters and set-pieces and I don’t see anyone carrying the possession against them. They almost gave up a few crosses today, and being kinda small in the back, that could create problems. Other than that, they don’t give up much, they’ve got seven straight shutouts, a dynamite goalkeeper, and talent coming off the bench, so what does that tell you? And when you play a 3-4-3 and have a center back like Nikkie McKee that can defend the middle with confidence, you get into offense mode quick because you have an extra attacker up front. I know it’s not always that simple, but they make it look that way. But hey, hold your Mustangs here, that doesn’t mean they’re going to beat Los Altos, both teams are strong defensively, and Los Altos countered great the day I saw them. I’m sure both teams would get their opportunities, so it just comes down to finishing. Although I would probably have to give Walnut the edge, I’m not that sure because they played in two totally different weather and field conditions.

  • Amat Fan

    I already seen Bishop play Los Altos.That was a great game. I would like to see what Bishop could do with Walnut. (BA 2,Walnut 0). Can somebody set it up for next year?

    AMAT #1

  • Amat Fan

    Amat scores 100 goals. How impressive is that!!!!!

    AMAT #1

  • LA Fan/Dad

    Fred;

    I appreciate that you say it’s too close to call, and that they both have strong defenses.

    Let me remind you LAs defense has 13 shutouts, with 16 total.

    Loren Velasquez Senior defensive player is awesome, as well as her freshmen sister Kelly. The other 2 freshman defenders Daysia Avery ans Sarah Becerra, are also strong, and will only get better. (Loren did not play 3 games this year or prob have more shutouts).

    Oh and also Senior Justine Padilla (your SGV trib all valley goalkeeper last year), has only allowed 8 goals this year. Even with such a strong defense and her not touching the ball as much this year she still has 100 saves so far.
    In case you were not aware check out her stats for saves total for all 4 years and then look at the CIF record book. Something there you might want to see.

    But I agree to hard too call but what a great game it would be.

  • LA Fan/Dad

    Fred;

    I appreciate that you say it’s too close to call, and that they both have strong defenses.

    Let me remind you LAs defense has 13 shutouts, with 16 total.

    Loren Velasquez Senior defensive player is awesome, as well as her freshmen sister Kelly. The other 2 freshman defenders Daysia Avery ans Sarah Becerra, are also strong, and will only get better. (Loren did not play 3 games this year or prob have more shutouts).

    Oh and also Senior Justine Padilla (your SGV trib all valley goalkeeper last year), has only allowed 8 goals this year. Even with such a strong defense and her not touching the ball as much this year she still has 100 saves so far.
    In case you were not aware check out her stats for saves total for all 4 years and then look at the CIF record book. Something there you might want to see.

    But I agree to hard too call but what a great game it would be.

  • diogenes

    Great story on Walnut-SH and the analysis of a possible LA-W game. Thorough and knowledgable. LA gets Bonita at home Tuesday and DRanch Thursday at LA, at least one again in rain, maybe both. Should be a good measure of their attitude and determination at this point in the season before finishing at DRanch and at home with Charter Oak next week. Division 4, here they come.

  • kurmugin

    Amat has all the makings and record of a Division 1 caliber team. Surely no less than a 2. They are that good. Speed, size, and skill make a formidable group. There may be someone hiding in the weeds in Division 4 that will give them a game, but other than Los Altos, who has barely kept pace with the Lancers since the early season 0-0 tie, we don’t see them. Walnut is in 2 and Sierra Vista and Northview are in other divisions

  • LA Soccer Dad

    Kurmugin said
    “Amat has all the makings and record of a Division 1 caliber team. Surely no less than a 2. They are that good. Speed, size, and skill make a formidable group.”

    How refreshing it is to hear the humble Amat hijackers remind us all of the sheer greatness of their squad!! I am surprised that they have not already anointed them as one of the greatest CIF teams of all time! Pleeeeze! Give us all a break.

  • amat in D 1?

    Ok Amat is a really good team and has talent across the board. But lets not get ahead of ourselves by saying they have the record and makings of a D 1 caliber team. Speed and talent they do have…but size?? have you seen the size of some of those big schools? even walnut and bonita back in their glory days would have taken it to amat with their size alone. Amat is the top team in div 4 for a reason. They have the best record and after seeing them play a few times, they definitely have the talent to compete against teams in any division but to automatically throw them into div 1 after two years of having a good record is a little much. They wont be seeing teams like firebaugh or Mary star of the sea (TWICE) in div 1. Again, not taking anything from Amat but lets not get ahead of ourselves by throwing them in the D 1 mix already