One streak ended and one was extended Wednesday night.
Orcutt Academy's Mecaelea Lopez ended the Santa Ynez girls soccer team's shutout streak in Los Padres League play at 10 games when she tallied in the eighth minute at Santa Ynez, but the Pirates scored five unanswered goals to take a 5-1 win.
Thus, Santa Ynez stayed perfect in LPL play for the season. The Pirates are 14-1-0, 11-0-0. The Spartans are 14-5-2, 7-3-1. Both teams have three league games left, and both have clinched playoff berths.
The Pirates are the defending league champions. They shared the title with Nipomo in 2016.
Santa Ynez controlled the ball for most of the first six minutes, but the Spartans made a surge in the seventh and a Lopez shot banged off the right post.
Orcutt Academy retained possession and Lopez, open on the left side, tried again. This time, her shot nestled into the right corner of the net in the eighth minute.
After that, "We kept our composure," said Santa Ynez coach Rob Cantrell. "In fact, I think we played more composed.
"It's hard to go a whole season without giving up a goal (in league play). Give Orcutt Academy credit, they got it off, but teams are going to possess the ball (against you), teams are going to get off shots. Those things are going to happen."
It didn't take long for the Pirates to tie the game after Lopez scored. Sarah Johnston connected with Monica Pizano on a crossing pass in the Spartans' penalty box in the 15th minute, and Pizano knocked the ball into the net in the 15th minute.
Pizano returned the favor in the 32nd, flicking the ball to Johnston on a cross, and Johnston scored.
Still, "At halftime, it was looking like a good game for us," said Orcutt Academy coach Brian Speer.
"We were getting off a couple quick corner kicks, a couple of quick shots."
The second half, both coaches said afterward, was a different story.
After the Lopez score, Santa Ynez freshman defender Olivia Torres headed off nearly everything the Spartans tried when they got across midfield. Orcutt Academy defender Grace Denton did the same to Santa Ynez, save the two Pirates' goals.
In the second half, the Pirates moved the ball side-to-side and side-to-middle more effectively than they did in the first, so Denton wasn't nearly as much of a factor on defense in the second half as she was in the first, though Kira Hopkins did head off some Santa Ynez drives.
The Spartans were never really in it, though, after Johnston knocked a left-to-right shot into the net in the eighth minute after the break. Orcutt goalkeeper Ally Britt made three solid saves in the first half, but she couldn't get to Johnston's shot in the eighth minute after the break.
Santa Ynez midfielders Pizano, Heather Rennie and Jazz Feeley controlled virtually everything in the midfield and the Spartans, looking worn down, simply couldn't stay with the Pirates' attack as the half wore on.
"Our midfielders did a really good job seeing the whole field, north-south, east-west," said Cantrell.
"We just wanted to simplify things, play the way we faced. We wanted to keep the ball moving. Lots of switches."
Cantrell said, "The field they play on isn't was wide as this one and we knew if we kept attacking, they'd get tired."
Aile Uribe headed in a Julia Pirtichard pass in the 14th minute after the break for the fourth Santa Ynez goal. Johnston finished her hat trick when she scored on a Katelyn Rennie pass at the 9:16 mark of the second half for her third goal.
Attacking relentlessly, Speer said, is just what the Pirates did.
"They're so fast and very aggressive. It's just hard for us to contain all that speed," said Speer.
Still, "We scored the first goal they've given up in league play. I thought we played well against them."
Britt had to leave about midway through the second half. Karli Lundberg replaced her.
"Ally jammed her thumb a little bit," said Speer. "We think she's going to be OK, though."
Santa Ynez will host Templeton at 5:30 p.m. Friday night. Orcutt Academy will play at Lompoc at the same time. Both games are league ones.