The Warrior girls soccer team lost 4-1 in their season opener against the Santa Paula Cardinals on Tuesday, March 23. Coach Lucy Carleton said that the game was much closer than the score conveys, noting that Santa Paula is a seasoned team while the Warriors were prohibited from training and conditioning until very recently.
Sophomore Ariana Lounsbury, the starting varsity keeper last year as a freshman until a bad concussion cut her season short, returned on Tuesday to make half a dozen saves, coming off her line fearlessly. Sophomore Ashley Verduzco scored the only goal, tying the game 1-1 early in the second half. However, Santa Paula was able to respond, and CHS gave up two more goals in the last 10 minutes of the game.
The Warriors only have three returning varsity seniors, and they each performed outstandingly, Carleton said. Zahea Hamadi led the charge on offense, while Kenna Mayer and Clarissa Ramirez anchored the defense. The team also had seven freshmen make their debuts: Mia Alvarado, Mariana Arredondo, Samantha Cruz, Luna Galvan, Yuliza Garcia, Emma Miller and Isela Zamora. “Overall, I was very pleased with the team’s performance,” Carleton said. “It was pretty amazing how well they did despite having never played together.”