GSoc: First league win eludes Carpinteria

Carpinteria put in a strong effort but couldn’t come up with its first Tri-Valley League girls soccer win on Wednesday.

The Warriors drew 0-0 with Grace Brethren.

“It was really too bad. The girls deserved the win,” Carpinteria coach Charles Bryant said. “Except for a stretch of 15 minutes, we outplayed the Lancers. We did a solid job of controlling the game in the midfield and had quite a few good chances but we just lacked the finishing.”

Bryant praised the defense of Megan Garcia and Erin Durflinger, and the midfield play of Natalie Saito. Kelsie Bryant shut down Grace’s leading scorer and controlled the tempo of the game. Alexa Benitez was a workhorse at outside midfielder.

“It was a huge difference from the last time we played, where we put out one of our seasons poorest efforts and lost 3-0,” said coach Bryant. “Today we were patient both offensively and defensively and even transitioned well, something we have had a harder time doing lately. I was pleased with our efforts and was hoping that the girls would get their first league win. They deserved it.”