Pitman women’s football wins third consecutive league title

Pitman High’s women’s soccer team has already clinched a playoff berth, but with their win over Downey on Monday, Pride secured their third straight league title. The match was marked by a hat trick from Lillyana Rodriguez.

“The girls worked really, really hard,” assistant coach Alberto Perez said. “Those who replaced also helped a lot. We have played as a team all season. »

The first part of the first half was a defensive battle, but Pride started to play aggressively in attack and reached the goal consistently. The first goal was scored by Mya Sanchez in the 15th minute with a long long shot. The goaltender had her fingerprints all throughout this win, allowing the Knights no goals and contributing three assists with the goal.

Pitman’s Hannah Delay breaks free on a goal break (PAWAN NAIDU/The Journal).

The rest of the first half was dominated by Rodriguez, who scored in the 17th, 25th and 31st minutes to secure a first-half hat trick. The second changed position for this game and the Knights could not follow.

“She went from midfield to striker and they couldn’t adapt to that,” Perez said.

The second half was where the pride really locked on the defense and never gave the Knights a chance to enter the game. The few chances Downey had to push the ball into Pride territory were handled by Sanchez, who will play Division I football for the Oregon State Beavers next year.

Kiara Hernandez extended Pride’s lead in the 62nd minute with a clean strike. Tiana Karr put a bow on the game with the final goal in the 83rd minute. Pitman is now targeting the playoffs where they look to repeat their regular season success.

“We have to keep things as they are going into the playoffs,” Perez said. “Thank goodness everyone is healthy and there have been no injuries. We don’t have many girls at the moment, but we have no injuries which is good.

The Pride finished with an overall record of 17-2-2 and an 8-1-1 league record. Pitman will host the first round of the playoffs against Bear Creek at 6 p.m. Friday.

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