Highland goes back-to-back

first_imgHighland High might have been the first girls’ soccer team from the Antelope Valley to clinch a league title this season, but the Bulldogs might not be the only champions by the time the week is over. Paraclete and Desert Christian also are in contention for league titles heading into Thursday’s regular-season finales. Highland (19-2-3 overall, 10-0-1 Golden League) for the first time captured back-to-back Golden crowns, securing its second with Tuesday’s 7-0 romp over Palmdale. The Bulldogs, who finished 11-1-0 in league last season, increased their Golden League unbeaten streak to 21 games. They play today at Lancaster (17-1-4, 8-1-2). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I’m so happy for the girls, because everybody was coming after them the entire year, but they stepped up to the challenge and accomplished what they set out to do,” said Highland coach Juan Paolo, who improved to 41-5-4 overall, 21-1-1 in league games, in his first two seasons. “We wanted to wrap it up before we went to Lancaster. Now we want to try to finish without a (league) loss.” Highland defeated Lancaster 4-0 on Jan. 19, atoning for a 2-0 setback to the Eagles in the Dec. 29 championship game of the Lancaster tournament. Lancaster needs at least a draw against the Bulldogs to secure at least a share for second place in league with Quartz Hill (11-5-4, 7-1-3), which plays host to Antelope Valley (7-15-2, 2-7-2). Lancaster and Quartz Hill tied both meetings, with a scoreless draw Friday. Still work to do: Desert Christian coach Deann Lewis will become a big Mammoth of Mammoth Lakes fan today when the Huskies take on Bishop in a High Desert League finale. Bishop (15-2-2, 12-0-1) can clinch the league title with a tie or a victory, leaving Desert Christian (15-1-1, 11-1-1) in second. “If (Mammoth) can pull it through, I’d be really happy,” said Lewis, whose team plays host to Frazier Mountain of Lebec at the Lancaster National Soccer Center. Regardless of their finish in league, the Knights are focusing on a deep run in the Southern Section Div. VI playoffs, and they could have sophomore forward Robyn Estrada back for postseason. Estrada was sidelined more than three weeks with a fractured bone in her left foot, but the cast was removed Monday, and she could be ready for Desert Christian’s postseason opener Feb. 18. “Her foot’s feeling fine, it’s just a matter of getting some of that calf strength back,” Lewis said. She was out there (Tuesday) kicking the ball around, and I’m hoping her enthusiasm will help pick up our intensity as we head into the playoffs. “We’re playing pretty well right now, but we’re not always playing to our potential. I’m trying to (create a playoff atmosphere) every game, but in our league, it’s easy to become lethargic.” Estrada had 15 goals and 16 assists in the Knights’ first 10 games. Desert Christian has outscored opponents 129-3, and it posted its 14th shutout in a 6-0 victory Tuesday over Rosamond. Haylie Oakleaf leads the Knights with 30 goals, and Megan Couch has 21 goals and 23 assists. Spirits soaring: Paraclete (16-6-3, 8-0-1) clinched at least a share of the Alpha League title with Tuesday’s 2-2 tie at Whittier Christian of La Habra. A victory today over Archer School of Los Angeles – the Spirits won 9-5 in the first meeting – would secure the championship outright. Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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