Pacheco girls soccer team falls in WAC opener

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comMarch 15, 2013 

Pacheco's girls soccer team opened Western Athletic Conference play on Tuesday with a 6-0 home loss to Central Catholic.

But the Panthers aren't judging themselves based on that one loss.

"It's the toughest team in the league," said first-year girls coach Daniel Elizalde, who coaches the school's boys team. "I think we have an improved team compared to last year. The girls are coming together."

Together or not, the Panthers had no answer for Central Catholic sophomore Chloe Peepgrass, who scored four goals -- with a hat trick by the end of the first half.

Pacheco managed to put just a pair of shots on target, both of which were covered by CC goalkeeper Caitlyn Duval. Pacheco's Magii Morales blocked 10 shots, but let a few trickle in. She also endured a collision more typical of a linebacker when CC forward Annalicia Luis misjudged her on a fastbreak late in the game.

Pacheco midfielder Maritza Govea's speed stopped a few shots before they developed when she swept in for the steal on what looked like fastbreak possessions.

"I would definitely say we have more effort than any of the years before," Govea said. "This is our first year with all seniors and juniors, and our first full year. I think especially we want to make a mark and we want to make a standing point for the rest of the years that come. This is the year that counts."

Starting with Central Catholic wasn't the ideal way to start league play for the Panthers, but it gave them an idea where they stand against a league favorite.

"This year our goals are to improve as a team, obviously. We want to win some games," Elizalde said. "We're just going to go out there and do our best."

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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