League victory against visiting Hoover on Thursday.
CV (11-9-2, 5-1 in league) completed a three-match series sweep of
Hoover (5-11-3, 1-4-1). The Falcons needed Villa's efforts in what
proved to be the most competitive match against the inexperienced
Villa, who scored with one second remaining to carry CV to a 1-0
nonleague victory against host Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy on
Dec. 20, took a low shot that bounced off the post and past Hoover
senior goalkeeper Rebecca Wingett.
"I didn't want to celebrate until I knew it went in," Villa said.
"I celebrated earlier in the match when I thought one of my shots was
going in the net.
"I got a great [pass] from Naomi Ehrlich and I wanted to
capitalize. I don't know why I've scored at the end [of matches]."
Rigamat closed out the scoring about 40 seconds later.
The teams played evenly in the first half, something Hoover
second-year Coach Brett Vorster noticed.
"[Thursday] showed us what we can do," Vorster said. "We stayed
focused for about 90% of the match, and CV capitalized twice because
we stopped running.
"We got caught ball-watching on their goals, and we didn't
capitalize on our chances.
"I'm hoping we can now see that we can compete against the good
programs, and maybe [Thursday] showed us that we can."
Hoover's best scoring opportunity came in the 10th minute when CV
goalkeeper Emma Dearman made a diving save on a close-up shot by
forward Catrina Flores. Dearman had five saves.
Wingett, a first-year soccer player, finished with seven saves.
She also caught a break in the 28th minute when Hannah Green's header
ricocheted off the crossbar.
"[Wingett] did a great job, so give her credit," CV first-year
Coach Cesar Hildago said. "Sometimes we aren't consistent, but we
were patient until the right moment."
The Falcons outscored the Tornadoes, 11-0, in the season series.
CV handed Hoover a 5-0 loss in a pool-play match of the Hart
Tournament on Dec. 27.
The Falcons then responded with a 4-0 league victory on Jan. 12
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