Second-half surge leads Charter Oak

first_imgCOVINA -It took the Charter Oak High School girls soccer team a half to get going, but once the Chargers did, they looked every bit like the team fans have high aspirations for this season. Visiting Los Altos led 2-1 at halftime of Tuesday’s Miramonte League opener for both teams before the Chargers stormed back with three goals in the second half to post a 4-2 win at Charter Oak High. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaBlock’s message clearly didn’t sink until after halftime. Jamie Stephens’ header gave Charter Oak a 1-0 lead in the first half. Then, Los Altos took over by dominating the last 15 minutes of the half. Jenna Hulion tied the score with a header off of a corner kick in the 36th minute. Rebecca Ramos gave Los Altos the lead moments later with a low line drive that got past Charter Oak goalie Natalie Bailey. The Conquerors controlled possession as fullback Ariel Chen and midfielder Manya Nevarov never let a Charter Oak attack materialize, a stark contrast to what happened in the second half. “I was definitely frustrated at the end of the first half, trying to get them to understand it wasn’t over,” Block said. “We needed to pull together. It was hard to watch them score two, back-to-back goals.” Whatever Block said at halftime worked, because the Chargers played like a team possessed in the second half. Elizabeth Higgins tied the score early in the second half with a cross-field shot that hit in front of Los Altos goalie Yolie Castro, bounced over her head and went in. Minutes later, Diana Costello rocketed a shot that Castro dove for, only to have it go under her and trickle in for a 3-2 Charter Oak lead. “I had been telling them all week that we’re only going to have a few opportunities against a good team like this, so you need to take advantage of them,” Block said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I told these girls from the very beginning that we had a chance to win the league,” first-year Chargers coach Marisa Block said. “This is the most talented team this school has ever seen. This game was going to set the stage for the whole season.” Charter Oak improved to 8-2-1 overall. Los Altos fell to 3-8-1. last_img read more

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