SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SOCCER COACHES ASSN. ALL-STAR GAMES : North Girls, Boys Sweep a Couple of 2-1 Games
It took a team of all-stars to give El Toro girls’ soccer Coach Kerry Krause his first loss of the season.
Krause, whose Chargers swept to the Southern Section Division 4-A title with a 29-0-2 record, coached the South County team in the Orange County High School Soccer Coaches Assn. Senior All-Star Game Friday night at Chapman College. The North won, 2-1.
The North team also won the boys’ game, 2-1.
“It’s an all-star game. Who cares who wins or loses?” Krause said. “My team was laughing and smiling after the game, so I told them, ‘This is how it feels after losing? It’s not so bad.’ ”
But Krause’s counterpart on the North County bench, Sunny Hills’ Kenn Gordon, took the game more seriously.
“When you look at the all-county teams the newspapers pick, it’s about 90% players from South County,” he said. “It’s disproportionate. I think this game showed that a lot of the North County players deserve more recognition.’
The North dominated the game, outshooting the South, 26-9. The North’s speedy forwards, Esperanza’s Lynn Murray, Los Alamitos’ Jenny Reyes and La Quinta’s Stefanie Stucker, constantly outsprinted South defenders to the ball and creating a seemingly endless number of scoring chances.
South goaltenders Laguna Hills’ Rima Saba and Marina’s Cristin Rossman kept their team close by making 14 saves.
Although Stucker beat Rossman for the first goal midway through the first half, Rossman--who will attend San Jose State on a volleyball scholarship--showed why she was one of the county’s top goaltenders by making five saves in a five-minute span late in the game.
But the Reyes-Murray combination finally beat her. Murray took a Reyes free kick and headed it past Rossman for the game-winner with less than two minutes to play.
The South’s only goal came on a penalty kick by the Times’ Orange County player of the year, El Toro’s Shawn Viloria.
While the girls had a number of scoring chances, the boys played a ragged match that showed the teams’ lack of practice time.
“The guys were pretty much on their own,” said Santa Ana Coach Sam Buenrostro, who coached the South with Mario Cuevas. “But I think they played well under the circumstances, and I think the crowd enjoyed the game.”
The North took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by Orange’s Justin Zayas in the first half. The South’s Steve Mastropaolo tied the game, 1-1, on a breakaway, beating Sunny Hills’ Ryan McCormick 12 minutes into the second half.
The North got the game-winner with 25:30 to play on a goal by Savanna’s Vince Flores. Flores stole a pass in the South penalty area and fired a shot that hit the left goal post. After Katella’s Armando Orizaba’s rebound shot was knocked down by South goalie Larry Nye, Flores put another rebound past Nye.
“The main goal tonight was for the guys to have fun,” said Katella’s Ray Smith, who coached the North with Orange’s Ed Carillo.