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Coronado Girls Soccer Team Off To A 2-0 Start On The 2019-20 Season

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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2019 4:33 pm

The Islander Girls Soccer Team under the direction of Head Coach Mike Costaglio is off to a fast start to the season, even after some initial challenges posed by the calendar and the club soccer season. “We lost a few possible play dates between Thanksgiving and Christmas because Thanksgiving was so early. We only had one practice session before our first game against Hilltop and one more before the game versus Olympian. We had tryouts the week before the first game and we lost a practice date for rain and another for uniform distribution. We went into both games relying on what we did last year and primarily on our players from last year. Both teams we played were in the same boat. Also we have players coming off their club soccer season, so it’s not like they hadn’t played for two months. We have 20 players on the roster, but only 14 were available. Some had injuries from the club season. Anna Valades will be out for most of the month of December and she contributed a lot last year. And we didn’t have Daisy Cuthbert, who was out with a sprained ankle.”

Costaglio has toughened up his schedule this season. As an example Tuesday, Coronado was scheduled to host La Costa Canyon, a Division I team at 5:30 p.m. And Thursday Escondido comes to town for another 5:30 p.m. game. Other non-conference games this season will be played against La Jolla, Francis Parker, Mission Bay and Point Loma.

Nov. 19 Coronado defeated Hilltop 1-0 on a goal scored in the last 30 seconds of the game by Ella Oden. The game with Olympian was two nights later, with Coronado winning 4-0. Goalies Sydney Neibert and Shelby Linde each played a half in both games.

Costaglio has seven seniors on the team this year including Nadia Quijano, Paloma Borbon, Neibert, Julia Williams and Lucy Holland. There are two senior newcomers Rebecca McKenna and Abi Whittemore. Costaglio said, “Abi is a Developmental Academy player and will probably be one of our to starting center backs. Rebecca transferred to Coronado from OLP. Our junior class this year is the freshman class I started with and they have developed in the last two years. They all got better, and they will all contribute. They were winners even when we didn’t win. The key for them is not to be satisfied. These same kids made it to the CIF Semi-Finals last year. We added a junior Ella Worthy who used to live in Coronado and her Dad was reassigned here. She played as a youngster for the Coronado Soccer Club. She is new to the program and is a nice player. Our sophomores are up from last year’s freshman team. Lana Allari-Smith had to step in against Olympian and play defense and she had a superb game. Rose Cuthbert is still finishing her club season and she will be a nice player.”

Coronado will be in the City League this season, along with Hoover, Clairemont, Mira Mesa and High Tech San Diego. And they will be in CIF Division III. “Costaglio added, “I thought we would have been moved from Division III to Division II. Had it not been for losing a couple of players to injury in the CIF Semi-Finals last year, we would have done better.”

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