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Coronado Girls Soccer Splits Two Games Last Week, Record Stands At 6-5

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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 1:02 pm

The Islander Girls Soccer Team, under the direction of Head Coach Mike Costaglio, played twice and the results included a 3-0 loss at home to Point Loma and a 3-0 home victory over Mira Mesa. The latter contest was the first City League game of the season for the Islanders. As a reminder, the six-team City League includes Clairemont, Coronado, Hoover, High Tech High San Diego, Mira Mesa and University City.

“Point Loma is always good,” Costaglio said. “This year they dropped out of Division I and they are one of the top teams in Division II. (Coronado competes in CIF Division III.) We didn’t adopt to their style of play very well. They play a very direct game, with pace and they play right down the middle of the field. Our center backs were a little overwhelmed. I knew it would be a tough game. No matter what we did, we couldn’t adjust. Sometimes the matchups just aren’t good. I wanted to add some Division I and Division II games to our schedule and we’ve stepped up to play some significant programs this year. We just licked our wounds after the Point Loma game and regrouped. We had a chat after the game that we need to prepare better, adjust and recognize what we are facing. It was a learning experience and we’ll build off that.”

The second game of the week was the 3-0 win over Mira Mesa. Costaglio said, “Last year we played Mira Mesa twice and the scores were 0-0 both times. Our team has built an understanding of the game and being organized over the past three years. We were down four starters against Point Loma, and we were still down three starters for Mira Mesa. That’s not an excuse because we have a crew of 20 and others have to step in and play. Amelia Hawley plays wing for us and she is a nice offensive player. We moved her from wing to outside backer and she played great defense for us. She’s been able to adjust, and she did a super job. We ask our wingers to play box-to-box. The other gal who makes me smile is Ella Worthy. She is an outstanding athlete, with a high work rate and good technical skills. She is my model center midfielder and she had a super game. Given the fact she is learning the position and coming along really well, we’re proud of her progress. And somebody I could mention every game is Riley McGrath, who is a warrior. She’s coming out to win and she serves as the motivation for everybody else. Riley plays up front and everybody playing behind her has to keep up. She plays with sheer energy, effort and determination.”

Goal scorers against Mira Mesa included Worthy, McGrath and Lucy Holland, who is a defensive back. According to Costaglio, Holland’s goal came on a 35-yard free kick. “Because of the rain, we didn’t switch our keepers at the half like we normally do, so Sydney Neibert played the entire game. I didn’t think it was fair to put Shelby Linde in the game because it was raining, and she hadn’t fielded a ball in the rain that night. Shelby will start in goal Tuesday night. You don’t want to put players in bad situations.”

Tuesday of this week, the Islanders will play High Tech San Diego at Robb Field. Thursday, Coronado plays Hoover on the road. The following Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Islanders host University City at home. The High Tech game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.; the Hoover game will begin at 5:30 p.m.; and the home game next Tuesday will start at 5:15 p.m.

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