The Mission Prep boys soccer team found itself in an unfamiliar position Thursday, trailing by two goals for the first time all season at Coast Union High.
The Royals responded with four consecutive goals to claim a 4-2 victory to remain undefeated with just one regular season game remaining.
Coast Union’s Victor Casas and Luis DeAlba pushed the Broncos (7-6) ahead early, but they couldn’t maintain the momentum.
“We just ran out of gas,” Coast Union coach Moises Jimenez said. “We got tired and you could see it out there.”
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Jimenez said the Broncos may have come out too energized in trying to end the Royals’ unbeaten season and lost all of its adrenaline after building the early lead.
“Any time our kids hear Mission Prep they definitely play at a higher level because everybody wants to beat Mission Prep. They’re so good at everything,” Jimenez said.
Brian McAllen cut Coast Union’s lead in half before Neal Hetzel scored on a penalty kick to tie the score just before halftime.
“Our thought at halftime was we need to come out and play with more assertiveness,” Mission Prep coach Bob Galarneau said. “They jumped on us early and we needed to respond.”
Patrick Foran scored twice in the second half to ensure that the Royals’ game with San Luis Obispo today would have some added importance.
If victorious, Mission Prep (19-0) would wrap up its first undefeated regular season in program history.
“(Coast Union) gave us a really good test,” Galarneau said. “It forced us to elevate our level of play.”
Cabrillo 4, Morro Bay 0
The Pirates (5-9-3) were shut out by Cabrillo. No other information was available.
Mission Prep 10, Coast Union 0
The Royals (11-11) got hat tricks from Sydney Ratjens, Angela LaJocono and Kori Disarufino in a blowout win.
“It’s a good sign,” Mission Prep coach Marcus des Plantes said. “The girls played with some intensity tonight. It’s a good way to go into the playoffs.”
Des Plantes said he was particularly impressed with the play of Ratjens, a freshman, who had her first multi-goal game of the season.
“It was definitely a breakout game for her,” des Plantes said.
GIRLS WATER POLO
San Luis Obispo 9, Righetti 7
The Tigers (13-10, 8-4 PAC 7) closed out their regular season with a home win.
Kim Bellis and Elizabeth Waddell scored three goals apiece, and San Luis Obispo goalkeeper Andie Judson made 12 saves.
“Andie Judson was amazing tonight,” Tigers coach Kristin Poochigian said. “She had some key saves that really helped us out.”
San Luis Obispo will find out its CIF-Southern Section playoff opponent Sunday.
Santa Ynez 10, Morro Bay 2
Megan Long and Brooke Borchard scored goals for the Pirates (6-14, 2-6) who finished with a fourth-place finish at the Los Padres League finals.
Santa Ynez grabbed a five-goal lead in the first period and was never seriously threatened.
Dani Churchill and Kari Novick combined on nine saves for Morro Bay.
Righetti 95, Nipomo 60
The Warriors (19-5, 9-2) pounded Nipomo, scoring 53 first-half points Wednesday.
Jonathan Fisher led the Titans (11-14, 4-7 PAC 7) with 18 points, while Jeff McNeil added 17.