View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


Teams out to prove their worth

Saugus in uncharted territory in CIF Southern California Regional Division I game against Buchanan

Posted: March 10, 2009 1:38 a.m.
Updated: March 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Saugus' Jamie Molacek fights off the Harvard-Westlake defender last Friday at Warren High in the CIF-Southern Section Division I title game.

Today, Saugus and Buchanan of Clovis come into the first round of the CIF-Southern California Regional Division I Girls Soccer Championships with something to prove.

The Centurions (20-3-3), feeling slighted over their seeding in the tournament, are in uncharted territory.

"It is our chance to shine and prove some people wrong," said Saugus head coach Lisa Rollo.

The Bears (25-3-1) dropped two games to Clovis High in league play ending their three-year run as the CIF-Central Section Divisional playoff's top team.

"There was certainly a sense of something to prove," said Buchanan head coach Erik Farfan, in his fifth year at the helm. "First year in three years not going into divisionals as a No. 1 seed."

Both teams are peaking at the right time, however, and the Bears come into the match accustomed to postseason success.

Buchanan seniors Anisa Guajardo, Lisa Hensley, Lauren Kelly, and Sydney Johnson have led the team to their fourth straight division title.

Noting the importance of defense, Farfan believes his current talent pool lends itself to scoring.

"I think defense ties games, offense wins games," Farfan said, lightheartedly acknowledging that you can't give up too many goals either.

However, the point is statistically well-taken.

Hensley leads the team with 26 goals while Guajardo has scored 20 with 12 assists.

"I can say with some confidence that we have set the standard in our section," Farfan said. "It is a matter of going out and representing our area as best we can, and hopefully compete to our potential each game."

Amid the pressure, the Centurions have remained relaxed.

"They are in a great place," Rollo said. "I don't feel like they are feeling the stress and pressure, yet they know what they are going into (today)."

Led by the scoring of senior captain Erin Ortega and junior Jamie Molacek with 19 goals apiece, Ortega has put in three in the postseason to Molacek's two.

Yet it is Saugus' speed on defense that Rollo believes will make the difference.

Identifying senior Heather Pilch and Shasta Fisher, Rollo expects the Centurion back line to match the quickness of the Bears' attack.

"We are extra motivated," Rollo added. "It might sound too confident, but I feel like my team is ready to take on anyone who comes in their path. We've already proven a lot, and out job's not done."

At the point, even Saugus' road trip plays into the mental calm of the team.

Planning to leave at 10:30 a.m. for the evening match, the team expects to take the road trip in stride and enjoy the experience.


Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.

Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...