Cabrillo boys soccer hadn’t lost a home regular season match at CHS since December 8 of last year.
Righetti wound up snapping that nearly yearlong streak, edging the Conquistadores 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon.
Warriors head coach Rob Golden was all smiles with realizing what his team just accomplished underneath a chilly Vandenberg Village sky.
“This is a good feeling,” Golden said. “We have some seniors on the team who have been here for four years and they’ve never beaten Cabrillo — especially here. So this is a good feeling. They (Cabrillo) are a great team that plays well.”
Before the game, CHS second-year head coach Oscar Torres preached starting off fast to the Conquistadores — encouraging that they score in the first five minutes of the first period to help set the tone.
Unfortunately, Cabrillo misfired on nearly 10 shot attempts — including one on a fast break opportunity that was blocked.
Brian Rivera netted the first goal for RHS (3-3) from the left hand corner. After several tries, Cabrillo (4-3) finally got on the scoreboard with Jeremiah Lamar kicking his goal in from the right hand side.
Righetti Junior Myles Baro broke the 1-1 tie with his sprint to the ball — accelerating past two Conqs and pounding the ball in with his kick, making it 2-1 early in the second period. Righetti kept the intensity up on defense for both periods, as captain Jose Juarez helped energize the Warriors there.
“This win is a boost in confidence, obviously,” Juarez said. “But we still got a lot of things we need to work on. We’re a little bit edgy on our transition game and with finishing. But this is practice with the preseason and getting things done. Hopefully things look good for us.”
Juarez, who is one of the four-year varsity lettermen on the RHS roster, added the win over the Los Padres League’s second place team from last season is a major plus for the Warriors.
“Cabrillo is very athletic. They’re fast, strong and agile. This was a definite good one for us,” Juarez said.
As for Torres, he dealt with a dejected Cabrillo bench after the game as a majority of his team had their heads down following the loss, which snapped a nine-game home regular season streak for CHS. Torres, though, was honest about the performance.
“The team is missing intensity and depth,” the former CHS soccer player Torres said. “The whole team is hurting a bit. We have a small bench and any adjustments we make throughout the whole game, we end up being weak on one side and we fix that — but then we become weak on the other side. We’re trying to adapt with what we have and develop a system that will carry us through the season.”
Torres had to add two players from the junior varsity team to help cement the Conqs’ depth. He tipped his hat to the performance of the Warriors especially on defense.
“They held their own. They played what looked like a 4-4-2 — so they were defending pretty well,” Torres said. “We attacked one side but then had to swing it up to the other side. They shifted as a whole team, though. They were playing great.”
Cabrillo travels to San Luis Obispo on Thursday, which was the last team to beat CHS during the regular season at CHS’s stadium. Righetti hosts Lompoc on Thursday. Both games have 5:30 p.m. start times.
Orcutt Academy 3, Coast Union 0
Orcutt Academy’s Joshua Dyson scored all three of the Spartans’ goals in a shutout victory over Cambria’s Coast Union in a non-league match at the Rice Ranch soccer fields in Orcutt.
Tyler Zafiras assisted on Dyson’s first two goals in the 22nd and 34th minutes of the first half.
Hayden Mathieu had the assist on Dyson’s third goal in the 51st minute of the second half.
Orcutt Academy dominated the action, putting 11 shots on goal while keeping Coast Union from getting many good scoring opportunities.
Mika Sanchez had one save for the Spartans in the first half. Zafiras moved into the net for the second half and also had one save.
The Spartans (1-1-2) next play at Pioneer Valley on Thursday.
Pioneer Valley 4, Morro Bay 2
Pioneer Valley won on the road in a non-league game at Morro Bay.
Edgar Zacarias put the Panthers up 1-0 on a penalty kick in the 36th minute of the first half.
Morro Bay tied the game at 1-all early in the second half.
Jesse Morales, off a Josue Chavez assist, put Pioneer Valley up 2-1 before Morro Bay tied the game in the 69th minute.
But that tie was short-lived as the Panthers’ Rigoberto Maldonado scored a minute later off a Josh Perez assist to take the lead for good.
Joe Fuentes then put the game on ice with a goal off another Perez assist.
Jorge Mendez and Osvaldo Andrade each played one half in goal for Pioneer Valley (2-1).
On Thursday, the Panthers host Orcutt Academy in their next game.
St. Joseph 4, Santa Maria 0
Senior Blanca Diaz accomplished the hat trick on the soccer field on Tuesday night: Scoring three goals in the four-point win.
Corby Burress had two of the assists on Diaz's goals. Kaylee Dillard and Katie Adler also had assists for the Knights. St. Joseph head coach Al Garcia praised the effort of the Saints after the game.
"I want to give props to Santa Maria," Garcia said by phone. "It's the best team from Santa Maria High that I've seen here."