Islander Goalkeeper Olivia Schoettke ...

In recent varsity soccer action, senior goalkeeper Olivia Schoettke makes an incredible save to keep the Islanders on top of Point Loma, 2-0.

Win, wash, repeat. That’s all it seems like the Coronado High School girl’s soccer team does nowadays. 

After starting the season off with a convincing 3-1 victory in their season opener, the Lady Islanders added two more wins to the the win column with victories over both Patrick Henry High School and Otay Ranch High School to move their record to 3-0 on the young season. 

The Islander’s first matchup of the week vs. Patrick Henry was a performance that could be defined as a slow burn. As for much of the first 15 minutes of the match, Patrick Henry controlled and held possession in the attacking end, and even managed a few shots toward goal. 

But none would be too threatening thanks to strong defensive play by Zoe Searles and Giana Quijano, who both had critical clearances in the 16th and 18th minutes, fending off potentially dangerous balls. 

With the backline’s play sharpening, the Islander midfield and attack started to show signs of life. In both the 24th and 25th minute, the Islanders would fire off shots on goal, courtesy of Kate McGrath and Jocelyn Jenkins. While both would be saved, the shots showed that the Islander’s attack was slowly finding its rhythm. 

That aforementioned rhythm would continue late into the first half as Coronado would rip another shot on goal, this one again from McGrath. While it appeared destined to find the back of the net, the ball would clang off the far post and somehow stay out of the back of the net. Keeping things level at 0-0. 

However, the frustration of the missed goal would only last a matter of a few minutes. As in the 43rd minute, added time, the Islanders would find the back off the net to make it a 1-0 game and, just as importantly, take momentum into the half. 

Out of the half, that momentum would quickly show as Coronado would fire two more shorts on goal, one coming again from McGrath and the other from Xiomara McKenna. But neither would find the back of the net. 

While the offense was on fire, perhaps the biggest play of the early second half would come from the Islander’s backline. Following a Patrick Henry free kick, the Patriots would have a ball land right at their feet in front of the goal. An equalizer, perhaps? Nah. Islander Lindsey Balsley would put her body on the line, stay directly in front of the shot path, and deflect the ball away from the goal, stopping Patrick Henry’s best goal opportunity of the night. 

The play did a great job embodying how the Islanders won that night. They just wanted it more and were willing to do anything for it. 

With the defense making big plays, the Islander’s attack must have figured it was time to make another of their own. As in the 75th minute, Coronado would tally its second goal of the afternoon thanks to McGrath’s beautiful shot to the bottom left corner of the net to make it a 2-0 Islander lead with less than five minutes to play. 

Patrick Henry would find one goal very late, but it would prove to be too little too late as the Islanders took home the 2-1 win.

As mentioned before, the girls in green and white would pick up a 2-0 win over Otay later that week to move their record to a perfect 3-0. Just how you want to start your season. 

The Islanders girl’s soccer team will be back in action this week with two more pivotal matchups, both on the road vs. Eastlake and Westview High School.

VOL. 112, NO. 50 - Dec. 14, 2022

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