Moorpark Raiders women’s soccer team scores late to take back victory against El Camino at home

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Moorpark Raiders women’s soccer team scores late to take back victory against El Camino at home

Monica Bernardino competes with Moorpark player, sophomore Megan Chandler during the home game against El Camino College on Friday, Sept. 13. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

Monica Bernardino competes with Moorpark player, sophomore Megan Chandler during the home game against El Camino College on Friday, Sept. 13. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

Monica Bernardino competes with Moorpark player, sophomore Megan Chandler during the home game against El Camino College on Friday, Sept. 13. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

Monica Bernardino competes with Moorpark player, sophomore Megan Chandler during the home game against El Camino College on Friday, Sept. 13. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

By Robert Gonzales

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The El Camino Warriors scored the equalizing goal with only 13 minutes remaining in the Sept. 13, 2 p.m. women’s soccer game. The Warriors consistently pressured the Moorpark Raiders in the second half and finally rallied around Monica Bernardino‘s equalizing goal.

It seemed as if the home-field Raiders would walk away with a disappointing draw despite holding the 1-0 lead for most of the game, but Moorpark freshman forward Jaclyn Brown had other plans.

“Personally, I felt that that goal was my fault because I let them split me and go pass me,” Brown said. “So I felt angry and wanted to win and come back from that.”

With less than eight minutes remaining, Brown’s number was called during a set-piece corner kick, she was ready to shine and avenge the goal she felt responsible for.

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Freshman Jaclyn Brown blocks a defender while dribbling the ball towards El Camino's goal. The Raiders won their home game against El Camino 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 13. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

Brown booted the ball into the back of the net and gave the Raiders a 2-1 victory over El Camino.

Head coach Jayro Martinez said, “It’s a good thing to see as a coach, it’s good to see that when the players get scored on they can respond back and push more. It’s a 90-minute game and the players understand we got to work all 90.”

The women’s soccer team has been resilient in all four victories this season. The (4-0) start is already much improved compared to the (5-14-1) record the team had last year.

Every player is pitching in for each victory, including a goal from back up goalkeeper Erika Sanchez, who instead played on the field in this game.

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Freshman Erika Sanchez, 14, fights for the possession of the ball against sophomore Jennifer Villarruel, of El Camino, during the home game against El Camino College on Friday, Sept. 13. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

“It’s a good mindset, going to keep it up and practice harder than we already are,” Sanchez said. “I’m a freshman so I really don’t know what challenges [are ahead], but [we’ll] take any challenge that comes our way.”

After playing three home games in their first four games, the Raiders play on the road the next two games. Moorpark starts their road trip against the (2-1) College of the Canyons soccer team that has scored seven goals and allowed zero over their last two games. The game begins Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at College of the Canyons.


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