Coming off a 9-0 victory over Paso Robles High earlier this season, the Arroyo Grande girls soccer team knew the rematch would play out much differently.
Trailing 2-1 in the second half, the Eagles (16-3, 6-1 PAC 7) scored two goals in a six-minute stretch to claim a 3-2 league victory in Arroyo Grande.
“We knew we couldn’t take them lightly,” Eagles assistant coach Johnnie Reinhardt said.
“They had an off game when we played them earlier, but teams just haven’t been beating them lately.”
Mallory Flatebo put Arroyo Grande ahead early, but Paso Robles tied the score on a goal by Maria Chavez late in the first half.
The Bearcats (8-6-3, 2-4) took an early second-half lead on Camelia Pacheco’s goal.
“They watched what we did (in our first game with them) and changed their formation and lineup,” Reinhardt said. “It was a tough game.”
Ashley Roese tied the game in the 63rd minute before Lupita Leon scored the game-winning goal six minutes later.Kate Reinhardt assisted on all three Arroyo Grande goals.
With the win, the Eagles maintain a share of the PAC 7 lead with San Luis Obispo. The teams will meet for the third time this season Feb. 3. Each team has won once, including Arroyo Grande’s win in the Garces Holiday Soccer Festival championship match.
————San Luis Obispo 9, Pioneer Valley 0
The Tigers (17-1-2, 6-1) remained deadlocked with Arroyo Grande for first place in the PAC 7 after a shutout win in San Luis Obispo.
Nine different players scored for the Tigers including Eva Widstrand, Tess Wearda, Vivien Devaney and Julie Howsmon, who all picked up their first goals of the season.
Mission Prep 6, Coast Union 0
Kori Disarufino, who recently committed to play soccer at Nevada, led Mission Prep (8-10) with five goals in the Royals’ win.
Marissa Hay scored the other goal for Mission Prep and Angela LoJacono had two assists.
“This was our first game since being off for three week. I it was good to blow off the cobwebs,” Mission Prep coach Marcus Des Plantes said. “We were a little bit rusty, but we still got it done.”
Arroyo Grande 3, Paso Robles 2
Dylan Efron scored two goals for Arroyo Grande (13-7-1, 4-2 PAC 7).
Brandon Macias scored the third goal for the Eagles on an assist from Derrick Simon to give Arroyo Grande a 3-0 lead.
Paso Robles’ Jacob Bedell scored twice in two minutes to cut the lead to one, but Arroyo Grande held on to win.
“It has always been difficult for us to play at Paso Robles, so it felt good to get the win, and Paso Robles played with great energy tonight and played their hearts out in the second half,” Arroyo Grande coach Brad Bowdey said.
Pioneer Valley 3, San Luis Obispo 0
The Tigers (4-3 PAC 7) gave up three second-half goals on the road.
“We were a different team in the second half unfortunately,” San Luis Obispo coach Johnny Costa said. “It was a disappointing loss.”
Atascadero 4, Nipomo 2
The Greyhounds (7-9-4, 1-5-1 PAC 7) earned their first league win.
Daniel Larrios scored the first goal on an assist from Alex Aguiar to give the Greyhounds an early lead.
“The boys played like they wanted to win and gave a complete effort,” Atascadero coach Andrew Wilkie said.
Alec Rizzoli scored on an assist by Derik Schmidt for the Greyhounds, and Rocco Coppo was assisted by Aguiar to put Atascadero up 3-1 at the half.
Rizzoli added a second goal as insurance after the break.
Mission Prep 3, Coast Union 0
Joey Miller collected his seventh shutout of the season to help the Royals (13-0) remain undefeated.
“Joey Miller played fantastic tonight,” Mission Prep coach Bob Galarneau said. “He made a couple of brilliant saves in the second half.”
The Royals got a goal and two assists from Patrick Foran, while Brian McAllen and Aryan Eslambpolipour each scored once for Mission Prep.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Santa Ynez 14, Morro Bay 3
Ari Ball, Megan Long and Candice Milbourne scored goals for Morro Bay (3-10, 1-3 Los Padres League).