High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Free-kick goal is costly for SLO girls soccer as Tigers drop first match

The San Luis Obispo High girls soccer team fell for the first time this season, dropping a 1-0 decision to Righetti in Santa Maria on Wednesday.

Righetti scored the game’s lone goal off a free kick in the first half on one of just two shots the Warriors had in the game.

“There are really no easy games in the PAC 7,” San Luis Obispo coach John Clarke said. “All the teams are tough and everybody is gunning for each other.”

The Tigers (14-1-2, 3-1 PAC 7) fired 18 shots but were unable to get one into the goal against a Righetti defense that Clarke said was playing up to 10 players behind the ball.

“It was one of those games where one goal can decide it,” Clarke said. “They played very defensively and made it hard to penetrate and just looked for a chance to break and unfortunately for us they got one.”

Arroyo Grande 8, Pioneer Valley 0

Katie Reinhardt led the Eagles with two goals and two assists in Arroyo Grande’s road win.

Arroyo Grande’s Ashley Roese scored a goal in the 11th minute and also added two assists.

Mallory Flatebo assisted two goals and scored a goal in the 57th minute.

The Eagles (13-3, 3-1 PAC 7) scored five times in the first half, putting the game out of reach.

BOYS SOCCER

Righetti 1, San Luis Obispo 0

The Warriors scored in the 27th minute to provide the winning margin.

San Luis Obispo (8-6, 2-2 PAC 7) had six shots on goal, but Righetti (6-1, 3-0) held on for the win.

Pioneer Valley 2, Arroyo Grande 0

Pioneer Valley had just two second-half shots, but they made both of them count, converting each into a goal.Arroyo Grande had five shots on goal in the second half but couldn’t score. Bryan Rivas made four saves for the Eagles (10-6-2, 2-1-1 PAC 7).

Paso Robles 3, Atascadero 0

Ricardo Guerrero scored the first goal in the 25th minute to give the Bearcats their first PAC 7 victory this year.

Jake Bedell scored in the 50th minute for the Bearcats (8-5-2, 1-2), and Victor Echeverria added another in the 60th minute.

Mission Prep 9, Midland 1

Aryan Eslambolipour scored a career-high five goals as Mission Prep crushed Midland of Santa Ynez to remain unbeaten.The Royals (12-0) will now have a week off to prepare for what coach Bob Galarneau said may be their toughest test to date — a road contest at San Luis Obispo.

“It’s my job to keep the team on track and not let them get carried away with all this (undefeated) stuff,” Galarneau said. “We can’t be looking ahead and we can’t be looking back.”

Neal Hetzel had two goals and two assists for Mission Prep while Patrick Foran had three assists and Nick Ottrando added two more.

“We controlled the game completely,” Galarneau said. “We got a little sloppy late in the first half, but we refocused and put the game away.”

Sean Robinson and Brian McAllen each added a goal for the Royals.

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