A solid victory for varsity soccer


Justine Phipps, Scot Scoop Sports Editor/In Depth Editor

They came out fired up, they came out strong, and they came out to win. Girls varsity played hard for a sweet victory against Aragon High School on Tuesday afternoon.

“It was mostly an offensive game,” said assistant coach Lindsey Moynihan. “[Overall,] we [definitely] possessed the ball better than [Aragon] did.”

The game began with a battle of the defenses between the teams with no goals scored until 15 minutes into the game. Sophomore Kayla Fong kicked a high goal into the net to start off Carlmont’s streak.

For the next 10 minutes, the girls went back and forth down the field with attempted, but missed goals. Fong broke the silence with another goal.

“It felt good to score two goals,” said Fong. “Our team came out really energetic. The last time we played Aragon we tied them, so we came out this time ready to win.”

Fired up, Carlmont played a strong defense to hold their 2-0 lead. With three minutes left in the first half, there was a foul against Aragon, giving them the opportunity for a penalty kick. The first half ended with an close 2-1 score.

The second half started off with another goal by Aragon from another penalty kick. The game quickly got more intense as Carlmont fought to regain their lead.

“The [referee’s calls] weren’t the best, but you can’t judge [the game] off the referee,” said junior Veronica Pontis. “You have to rise above the calls and answer back strong.”

Aragon’s defense pressed hard, but that didn’t stop junior Soha Said from sneaking a quick goal past the goalkeeper. The rest of the game remained a back and forth run with saves by goalkeeper Lauren Racioppi, and ended with a 3-2 Carlmont victory.

“They always play us hard,” said Pontis. “Despite their previous games, they came out there and they were coming for blood.”

The team is pushing to make it to the Central Coast Section (CCS). Their next game is against Menlo Atherton on Thursday, Feb. 13.

“If we keep up this spirit, then I think we’re going to take [MA] down,” said Racioppi. “We’re going to go right through [the next game] into CCS [if we win].”