Girls Soccer Faces Burlingame for a Tough Loss

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Danielle Balestra

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After coming out strong for the first half of the season, the girls varsity soccer team struggles to retain their momentum. Last Thursday the Bears suffered a heartbreaking loss to the San Mateo Bearcats in the last ten seconds as a result of an indirect kick outside of the eighteen yard box. They currently hold 3rd place in league with a 5-3-2 league record behind Burlingame and Woodside–who tied for first–and Carlmont.


Tuesday, the Bears traveled to Burlingame to challenge the first place seed, a team that the Bears tied during the first round of league. Unfortunately, they came into the game without a key offensive player, sophomore Sarah McCleod, who has been out for two weeks with an injury. The team has high hopes that she will return healthy and ready to play for their final league game next week against Woodside High.


The Bears took immediate dominance of the ball for the better part of the first half; however, the opponents seemed to be one step ahead of M-A’s already intuitive offense and scored. By the end of the first half, the score was 0-1 in favor of the Panthers.


Offense and midfield player, sophomore Miranda Simes explains, “In general they pressured a lot and were quick to the ball, forcing us to make errors.”


Although the Bears took over fifteen shots on goal, the Panthers’ defense prevented them from converting. The M-A’s defense made many great saves as well. Junior goalkeeper Jacqueline Foody prevented a likely third goal for the Panthers late in the second half. However, ultimately, despite tying with Burlingame in their last matchup, the Bears were unable to find the net, resulting in a 0-2 win for Burlingame.

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Girls Soccer Faces Burlingame for a Tough Loss