January 16, 2018

Costa Girls Soccer Sweeps Torrance 5-0

In a game last year, Nicole Westbrook dribbles the ball. On Dec. 6 Costa swept Torrance 5-0.

Kareena Dhillon

Sports Writer

Mira Costa’s girls soccer team kicked off their fourth game this season with school spirit at home in a performance that defeated Torrance High School today at home.

Costa defeated Torrance High School 5-0 in their first home game of the season. Originally the Mustangs were scheduled to play at home on Dec. 6, but the game was canceled due to poor air quality.

“The team played really well today,” sophomore goalie Ashley Naylor said. “We connected passes and played smart in the game. Everyone did a great job of communicating and playing hard throughout.”

Early in the game, freshman Sydney Saypack scored a goal for the Mustangs. Soon after sophomore Ashley Weaver was able to kick in another goal, the score 2-0. They played with great ball movement and worked together on the field while remaining aggressive said Weaver.

“I thought we did really well with keeping the ball and communicating as a team,” sophomore Chloe Hartley said. “I am really excited to start off the season strong, and continue the winning streak.”

Costa was able to score another goal by sophomore Sydney Miyasaki, and was then followed by a goal from junior Ava Vant’ Hof. The team was strong in their defensive line and continued to be solid the whole game said Miyasaki.

“We communicated really well today,” Miyasaki said. “Our offense struggled a little at the beginning of the first half, but we managed to put in goals after we got going.”

The game came to a close when sophomore Kiki Sussman scored, ending the game 5-0. Costa is planning to keep playing consistently and as a team, according to Weaver.

“It was so much fun to play at home for the first time,” junior Olivia Tuffli said. “We started playing really well as a team and put a lot of pressure on Torrance. We still have a lot to work on before season starts, but it was fun to get a good win before our tournament this weekend.”

The Mustangs, now 3-0 overall, will play on Dec. 13 in an away game at South Torrance High School. The team’s goal is to win the upcoming South Tournament, which will be played this weekend and next week.

“We can definitely work on and improve our first touches for when we play balls over the top,” Naylor said. “It’s important to continue the winning streak with competitiveness brought to each game by each player.”

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