Falcons’ Girls Soccer Advances to the CIF Semifinals

Senior Chloe Ataya moves into position to challenge Buena for possession.
Photo by Roman INGUANZO

By Justin HAGER

The CVHS girls’ soccer team is headed to the CIF Southern Section Division 3 semifinals after a pair of nail-biting victories in the past week. Friday, May 14, featured a defensive clash when the Falcons took on the Laguna Hills Hawks. The match was tied 0-0 at the end of regulation and overtime but three goals on penalty kicks from senior Ashlin Cuesta and juniors Rachel Park and Sydney Esquival and 4PK saves by junior goaltender Isabella Galvan secured the victory for the Falcons 3-2 PKG.

Junior Rachel Park makes a move for the ball against Buena. Photo by Roman INGUANZO

Then on Tuesday, May 18, the Falcons faced off against the Buena Bulldogs. The Falcons may not have scored often, but senior Chloe Ataya did score early, giving the Falcons a 1-0 lead that they held onto for the rest of the match. The girls’ soccer team is now 12-1 overall with their only loss of the year coming in the season opener against Flintridge Prep. Their march through the CIF Division 3 tournament continues on Saturday, May 22 as they travel to Alta Loma for what may be the most evenly matched pair of competitors this season. CVHS is currently ranked 52 in California, 23 in the CIF Southern Section, and 5 in Division III. Alta Loma is ranked 62, 26, and 6, respectively.

The CV boys’ soccer team was eliminated from the CIF Southern Section tournament on Thursday, May 13 in a 5-1 loss to Roosevelt.