Aragon gets their revenge —

9 02 2011

I got an email yesterday morning from my GIA in my Creative Writing class at SFSU. To make a long email short she announced that my Tuesday evening class was canceled because my professor has the flu. Night off! Whew! Yay!

But instead of taking the afternoon off, I decided that I wanted to work. Yeah, that’s me, Mr. Workaholic. To be honest, I’m glad I did because the soccer game between San Mateo and Aragon was well worth it. The first time the two teams met, it was a classic, story book finish. This time around, Aragon wanted to make sure Julio didn’t write another one of those kind of stories. Great game, ladies. Pictures below belong to the Daily Journal and my boss, Nathan Mollat.

Dons closing the gap
By Julio Lara, Daily Journal Staff

Three weeks ago, when the San Mateo girls’ soccer team recorded an emotional 1-0 win over Aragon, the rematch became a must-see event.

Told you so.

Aragon and San Mateo waged another battle on the soccer field Tuesday afternoon and this time the Dons played like a team possessed, scoring three beautiful goals to avenge their January loss 3-1.

“I feel pretty happy,” said Aragon midfielder Kat McAuliffe. “We came into the game, wanting to win. We were just really pumped. We were kind of embarrassed by what happened last time so we wanted to come at home and show them they can’t mess with us.”

Aragon has played like a completely different team since the last time they saw San Mateo — since that time, the Dons haven’t loss, going 7-0, jumping two slots in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay division standings. With their win Tuesday, they are only two points behind the Bearcats with three game to play.

“That (game) got stuck in our craw — going over to their place and losing in the last 10 minutes,” said Aragon head coach Will Colglazier. “The captains just organized us at the end of that game and they said ‘This is unacceptable.’”

Whatever was said in that pow-wow has really been taken to heart by the entire Aragon team. And that focus showed in the round two against San Mateo.

The Dons seized the momentum early by going right at one of the best defenses in the county. Five minutes in, Kimi Petsche was fed a spectacular through ball and just beat the offside trap. With the entire back line closing in on her, the junior skillfully finished past a charging Karyn Jacobs for the early 1-0 lead.

“We wanted it so bad,” said Aragon goalkeeper Ashley Lentz. “The before-game talk was, ‘We need to get it back. We should have won the first game.’ It was all positive.”

With all the energy on Aragon’s side, the Bearcats showed some moxie in scoring the equalizer. A great hustle play by Tarryn O’Mahoney in the Aragon defensive zone started it off. After O’Mahoney intercepted a pass, she found Kelly Ghiorso on the right wing, who immediately lobbed a pass into the Aragon penalty box. After a bounce, the deadliest striker in the league, Katelyn Turtletaub controlled the ball, cut to the inside and with her left foot beat Lentz for the equalizer with 16 minutes left in the half.

“We have a great defense,” Lentz said, “(And) our plan was to stop her. We put people on her, and we stopped her (but it was) easier said than done.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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