The Islanders Girls Soccer team seems to be hitting their stride at just the right time. Going into last Thursday’s, Jan. 6, match-up, the Islanders had won two in a row and held opponents’ goalless for their past five contests. The streak continued in their 4-0 road victory over Division II foe La Jolla Country Day.
The Islanders controlled every aspect of Thursday’s match. On the attack, the Islanders continued to use their physicality and finesse in the middle, as Riley McGrath and Katelyn McGrath peppered shots at the Country Day net, with Riley McGrath recording two goals herself.
The green and white girls also dominated the offensive wings, most namely Ella Oden. In just 53 minutes of play, the senior tallied two goals of her own, an impressive individual offensive showing. As a whole, the Islanders were efficient as anyone could ask for, as 80% of their shots were on goal.
In the midfield, Samantha Christie and Lana Allari-Smith did a great job controlling the tempo and distributing balls to the Islander forwards as both Seniors recorded assists.
On the backline, the Islanders continued to show why they are perhaps the best defensive team in the county. As they have done time and time again, the Islanders suffocated any attacks by Country Day.
Zoe Searles led the way with four steals, and following right behind was Ava Worthy with three steals. The defense also received strong efforts from Giana Quijano and Jocelyn Jenkins, both of whom used their speed to close on any threatening balls down the wing.
As well, in goal, Cadence Palmer yet again turned in a clean sheet. The senior goalie was a perfect 4/4 in save attempts.
With the win, the Lady Islanders extended their winning streak to three, extended their streak of holding opponents’ goalless to 5, and found themselves the No.2 ranked team in Division II. Currently their overall record is 6-1-2.
A mighty fine spot to be in as they approach their league play. The Girls Soccer team will return to action this week, where they will look to make it four in a row when they take on Our Lady of Peace on Tuesday, Jan. 11, score unavailable at press time, before returning home to play Mission Bay this Thursday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m.