Ayziah Simmons kicked the final goal of the evening near the 75th minute mark at Huyck Stadium – but there was no winner or a loser between Lompoc and Dos Pueblos.
Because both girl soccer teams played to the 1-1 tie once the 80 minutes of play were up on Tuesday night.
There was no overtime period following the league contest as the Channel League doesn’t observe extra periods, Braves head coach Jason Cochrane said.
“They realized that the two 10-minute extra frames rarely yielded a winner but usually got you injuries,” Cochrane further explained. “I think the Northern County schools still do the two 10s but the Channel League has never. When we came in, they asked us to adopt the same thing and for us, that’s fine.”
Some players on both sides began to fall hard on the Huyck Stadium grass after drawing contact. Even with the game ending in a tie, Cochrane was honest in his assessment of how his team played.
“This was a rough and physical match. We didn’t play that well. We came out the first 8-10 minutes doing what we wanted to do, but then we started to get one dimensional,” Cochrane said.
One example Cochrane pointed out was how the Braves (6-3-3 overall, 2-1-3 in league games) kept feeding the soccer ball to Simmons – despite having multiple white jerseys surrounding her.
“We avoided the middle of the field and we kept going to Ayziah and Ayziah again. They had four to five girls around her,” Cochrane said. “We’re not sneaking up on anyone anymore. Everyone knows who No. 2 is in this county.”
Outside of Simmons, Lompoc received stellar defense one again from goal keeper Brenna Contreras and got backing from the likes of Monica Escalante, Alondra Banales, Katie Guzman and Amy Bommersbach on defense. The four helped break up potential scoring opportunities in Braves’ territory. Twice, Guzman stepped in front and sacrificed her frame to prevent DPHS goals while in front of an empty net.
Moving forward, though, Cochrane is aiming to develop a different offensive plan – one that won’t involve Simmons having the pressure of scoring all the time.
“We’ve been trying to develop some midfield possessions that allow us to play wide and then get Ayziah into spots inside the 18, but if we’re going to ask Ayziah to make 35-yard runs with three girls on her back, she’s going to get hurt or she’s going to be unsuccessful – one of the two. We can’t be so one dimensional,” Cochrane said.
The Chargers end the regular season series against LHS by going 1-0-1 against their new league rival. Dos Pueblos won the last contest 2-1 on Dec. 21 as Precious Nwosu scored both goals for the Chargers.
Lompoc will now head to San Marcos High but for its next league contest against Santa Barbara set for 7 p.m.
Cabrillo 1, Santa Barbara 1
Alexia Wilhite delivered the game-tying goal for the Conquistadores off of the assist by Lauren Pulido at CHS on Tuesday.
Wilhite’s goal arrived in the second half of the home league contest. It also prevented the Dons from sweeping CHS during their regular season series.
It’s the second time in five days that CHS (7-12-4 overall and 1-4-2 in the Channel League) ended its league contest in a tie. The Conqs tied up league leader Santa Ynez 3-3 on Jan. 17.
Cabrillo will travel to San Marcos for a 5 p.m. road league contest.
San Luis Obispo 4, St. Joseph 1
The Tigers snapped the Knights' two-game winning roll by blowing the game open in the second half.
Lyric Jones got the Knights on the board with her goal. Corby Burress was credited for the assist. The loss left St. Joseph at 11-10 overall and 2-6 in the Mountain League.
Valley Christian Academy 42, SLO Classical Academy 10
The Lions wanted to dedicate the Tuesday game to longtime supporter of VCA Larry Carney, who head coach Randy Stanford says is in bad health.
And VCA responded with the 32-point rout in a Coast Valley League matchup.
Grace Cose once again led the Lions (12-6, 8-3 in the C.V) in points with nine on the evening. She also collected a team-high 19 rebounds.
Lindsay Mikkelson chipped in eight points and snatched eight steals. Mayley DeBernardi scored seven points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists. Jenna Mason added six points and hauled down six rebounds. Heather Knudsen ended the evening with four points and grabbed six rebounds.
The Lions will take the rest of the week off and return next Tuesday, Jan. 29 against Dunn at Los Olivos.
Santa Ynez 36, San Marcos 20
The Channel League-leading Pirates surrendered 10 combined points after the first quarter to pull out the 16-point victory over the Royals on Tuesday night.
Grace Padilla led the night with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Malia Loos followed her with six points, both from 3-point land. Lita Wright scored four points, dished out three assists and stole the basketball three times.
The Pirates improved to 13-10 overall and 6-1 in league play. They host second place Santa Barbara on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Lompoc 46, Dos Pueblos 39
The Braves are now above .500 in the Channel League, improving to 4-3 in league games after holding off the Chargers.
Mya Mendoza scored 16 points to lead LHS. Kayla Taylor added 15 points. Raya Gonzalez added five points.
"We started off strong. We controlled the tempo of the game," LHS head coach Claudia Terrones said by phone on Tuesday night. "We got a little sloppy in the end, but a win is a win and we will take it."
Lompoc will now head to the north part of Lompoc Valley and take on rival Cabrillo at CHS on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Dos Pueblos 3, Lompoc 0
The Chargers scored all three of their goals against LHS in the second half.
Lompoc is now 6-13-1 overall and 1-6 in the Channel League.