While the Coast Union boys varsity soccer team has had the holiday season off — not having played since Dec. 21 — the girls varsity team has been active and successful, notwithstanding stiff challenges from worthy opponents. The Lady Broncos have played six matches since Dec. 21, winning three and lost three.
The three losses came against much bigger schools: Porterville, by a 9-3 tally; Dos Pueblos by an 8-0 score; and Atascadero, by a 2-0 margin. They were matched by three impressive, tight matches.
Coast Union shut out Morro Bay 1-0 on Dec. 28, a day after beating Santa Maria by the same score; both of those wins came in the Santa Maria Invitational Tournament. The Lady Broncos also nipped Farmersville 4-3 on Dec. 21 in the Garces Tournament in Bakersfield, where they took second place — and were awarded the silver bracket.
“We have a very young team with only four seniors and three juniors,” said head coach Tamara Corbet, whose varsity team also includes 10 freshmen and five sophomores. “I am very impressed with this team’s attitude and work ethic. They work hard in practice and have stayed positive through this first, tough part of our season.”
The coach also is pleased with the speed of her young team. One thing that worried Corbet before the Santa Maria tournament was the unsettled position in goal.
“We lost an excellent goalie last year in Gabby Bucio,” she said Dec. 23. “She has been difficult to replace.”
Bucio racked up 152 saves in 19 games in 2012-2013.
However, following the two shutouts against Morro Bay and Santa Maria, it appears Corbet may have found her goalkeeper in 5-foot-1 freshman Kaelani Riberia, who handled every shot that came her way.
Coming into this week, Riberia has 71 saves in nine games.
Another freshman Corbet is working with at the goalkeeper position is Cynthia Cadena, who has saved 23 goals in four games at the position.
The top scorer for the Lady Broncos thus far in the young season is Cristina Plasencia, with seven goals and two assists for a team-leading 16 points.
Sophomore Pauline Torres has three goals and one assist for seven points and junior Remy Corbet has two goals and three assists for a total of seven points.
Because they don’t play in the Coast Valley League (not all CVL schools have girls soccer), Coast Union has a rough freelance schedule in 2014.
The Lady Broncos start with a home match Jan. 7 against Lompoc; next they play at Morro Bay on Jan. 9 before a string of four straight games at home: Jan. 14 vs. Nipomo; Jan. 16 vs. Mission Prep; Jan. 21 vs. Templeton; and Jan. 27 vs. Orcutt Academy.