All season long, Orcutt Academy boys soccer had fallen into a habit of running out of gas late following a strong first half.
But that changed in a makeup game against a solid Lompoc High team on Monday at Lompoc's Huyck Stadium, as two late goals after the 70th minute keyed the 2-0 stunner.
Jose Sanchez scored the first goal off of a penalty kick in the 73rd minute, while Matt Baker added the other goal four minutes later through his PK.
"We have played great first half games all season, but we get gassed in the second. Yet, our guys kept pounding," Orcutt Academy assistant head coach Kevin Dyson said.
Goal keeper Tyler Zafiris finished his strong outing with five saves. The win makes the Spartans 5-12-1 overall and 2-9-1 in the Los Padres League.
The game was originally slated for Jan. 24 but was moved to another date due to rain.
Lompoc 2, Orcutt Academy 0
The Lompoc Braves and Orcutt Academy Spartans went back and forth but neither could score in the first half of Monday’s Los Padres League rain makeup match at Orcutt Academy.
Orcutt Academy controlled the action throughout the first half but Lompoc made some halftime adjustments to take control of the final 40 minutes.
The Braves broke the scoreless tie early in the second half when Ayziah Simmons scored on an unassisted rebound in the 43rd minute.
Monica Escalante scored an insurance goal in the 71st minute off an assist from Brianna Gaona.
Michelle Hill had two outstanding saves to preserve the clean sheet and Mayah Pico had another stellar defensive performance for the Braves.
Lompoc is at Morro Bay while Orcutt Academy hosts Cabrillo Tuesday as the final week of the regular season continues.
Girls Water Polo
Cabrillo wins one league, but struggles in Irvine
Cabrillo girls water polo battled elite competition and a late virus during the week of Feb. 1, as CHS won one more league game then took on the competition at the CIF Southern California championships held in Irvine. Due to several Conqs feeling ill on the tournament’s last day on Feb. 4, CHS decided to pull out of the tournament.
Here’s a recap of the games:
Cabrillo 18, Santa Maria 0
Delaney Scott and Jaquelyn Garcia-Mora combined for nine of Cabrillo’s 18 goals, as Scott had a team-high five goals while Garcia-Mora finished with four.
Mary Rhodes and Maddison Stangl each had three goals while Vanessa Rojas had two. Defensively, Jillian Larson finished with three steals and Rylan Scott blocked all four attempted shots on Santa Maria’s end.
CIF Southern California Championship Tournament
Santa Ana-Foothill 16, Cabrillo 4
Cabrillo started the Irvine tournament with the tall task of knocking off a Division I opponent in the CIF Southern Section. The end result was a 12-goal loss.
Despite the loss, head coach Scot Larson took the positive road.
“Overall, as a team we played very well with good communication and strong defensive effort, which is what we have been working on all season,” Larson said.
Rhodes led the way with three goals. Ashlyn Wiswall scored the other goal.
“We had several good opportunities to score, but had difficulty converting them into goals,” Larson said.
Arroyo Grande 13, Cabrillo 3
Arroyo Grande completed the hat trick against the Conqs: Beating them three times this season with the latest by 10 on Feb. 3.
Larson said the Conqs played tough and kept the game close in the first half, but Larson said “Arroyo Grande came out in the third quarter and hit some good outside shots that would be difficult for any goalie to block. The team fought back and made several attempts but just could not get the shots to fall.”
Scott finished with two goals while Rhodes added one.
Anaheim-Esperanza 10, Cabrillo 5
The virus bug hit the Conqs before the first swim against Esperanza, which forced Larson to sit several of his players and got down to one substitute reserve for the contest.
Larson, overall, was pleased by the effort from his short-handed team.
“The team really worked hard and played well especially considering the circumstances,” Larson said. “This game would have been very different if we were at full strength. We missed several shots we usually make and fatigue was a factor in the game.”
Rojas blocked seven shots and snatched one steal, as Larson said “she really stepped up for us and helped our team stay in contention in the game.”
Rhodes threw in a trio of goals while Maddison Stangl added two goals.
Larson said the illness bug forced CHS to head home early.
“By Saturday morning we were not able to field the minimum number of players due to the virus and had to pull out of the tournament and forfeit the last two games,” Larson said. “Despite the difficult circumstances, the team performed exceptionally well and I am very pleased with their progress. The team is recovering rapidly and this next week we go into the LPAL league tournament and look to finish strong.”