Anzar High's Erika Eberhardt tries to keep the ball away from a Marina defender during the first half of their game Tuesday afternoon at Barragan Field at Anzar High. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA — Visions of a high-scoring game came into the Hawks’ minds. Instead, they were left to ride a roller coaster battle against visiting Marina High.
The Anzar High girls soccer team improved to 3-0 in the Coastal Athletic League with a 1-0 win against the Mariners on a chilly Tuesday afternoon.
Anzar’s nonleague campaign was rough, as they went 1-8. But the squad is sparkling in the CAL, as they haven’t allowed a goal yet in three games.
It’s the team’s first three-game winning streak since a three-game stretch on Dec. 20, 2011, and Jan. 12 and 17, 2012. In those three games, the Hawks didn’t allow a goal.
But a 1-0 ending didn’t seem like a possibility after Ali Bautista broke through in the third minute for a goal.
Marina tightened up the defense, not allowing Anzar to get too many great looks in the final 77 minutes. However, the visitors in blue had their own trouble scoring and just couldn’t get the equalizer.
In the 26th minute, a Marina forward crept out in front of everyone and sprinted toward the goal after the ball was passed to her. With two Anzar defenders on her tail, the Marina forward couldn’t pass the ball to anyone, and she was stopped before she could get the ball away.
Three minutes later, Bautista raced down the left sideline with the ball. The Marina goalkeeper crept out just far enough to get the ball before Bautista could try to add to her goal total.
The Hawks thought they had a penalty kick chance after Erika Eberhardt was thrown to the ground in the 31st minute. But the foul, called on a Marina defender, happened just a couple of feet outside of the box. The Hawks got a free kick instead. The ball sailed high, and the Marina goalkeeper leaped to get it near its apex.
Anzar came out of the intermission and raced to the goal. Emely Jauregui was in the middle of a pack trying to emerge with the ball and did for just a moment before a Marina defender came in and broke up a shot opportunity.
In the 45th minute, Valerie Perez was left all alone at midfield, and she nearly went 45 yards untouched as she hurried with the ball toward the goal. But she was stopped by Marina’s goalkeeper.
Three minutes after that, Monica Medina was on the left sideline trying to shake off an opponent. She was led to the corner before she suddenly spun free. She hit a cross, but the Mariners were there to corral the ball.
The Hawks continued to have their chances, as they didn’t let Marina have a lengthy opportunity with the ball.
But then came the final two minutes, and Marina had the ball and numbers on Anzar. The Hawks pecked away at the ball, hoping to clear it from their side of the field. Marina didn’t budge.
The Mariners got a free kick in the 80th minute from about 20 yards away. But the ball went right at an Anzar defender, who finally sent it out as the referee ended the contest.
Anzar will go for its fourth win in a row Thursday in Santa Cruz when it faces Pacific Collegiate. The last time the Hawks won four in a row was when it won six straight to end the 2011 regular season and capture the league championship.
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