Lancaster High joins roster of soccer teams hampered by injuries

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card A collision ensued between Drenner – who was on the ground attempting to grab the ball – and Lopez, resulting in the Lancaster player’s left leg being bent at an awkward angle, before she collapsed to the ground in obvious pain. “I heard it crack,” Drenner said. “It was horrible.” The game was stopped for nearly 30 minutes as Lopez lay on the ground at Lancaster High while being attended to by coach Rick Acuna, the school’s athletic trainer and eventually the paramedics. Lopez’s left leg was placed in a splint and she was carried off the field on a stretcher before being transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. “I feel terrible for that poor girl,” Highland coach Juan Paolo said. “You never want to see that happen.” Although Paolo hasn’t had to deal with anything as serious as Lopez’s injury this season, the path to back-to-back league titles hasn’t been completely smooth for the second-year coach, who was without Krystal Perkins (right knee) and Kaylee Sandefer (runner’s knees) for Thursday’s game. Finding a way to battle through injuries is nothing new for the elite girls’ soccer teams in the Golden League, which have relied on their depth to survive the rigors of the 12-game league schedule in preparation for the upcoming Southern Section Division II playoffs. Quartz Hill and Highland have both juggled their lineups on several occasions to compensate for the loss of starters who have been sidelined with injuries. A week before the opening round of the playoffs, Lancaster might now be faced with the same challenge. In the 52nd minute of Thursday night’s regular-season finale against Highland, Lancaster junior forward Jennifer Lopez was attempting to run on to a ball in the penalty area, which was saved by Bulldogs goalkeeper Kellie Drenner. Fortunately for Paolo, Cynthia Argote and Terry Solis proved to be strong replacements, helping Highland defeat Lancaster, 1-0, to remain unbeaten in its past 20 league games. The Bulldogs (20-2-3, 11-0-1) are 22-1-1 the past two years in league competition. Quartz Hill had to compensate for the absence of two of its top offensive players, Shannon Cox and Aja Mandrell, for most of the first half of the season. Cox was recovering from a broken fibula and tibia last May, which caused her to have a 14-inch rod placed in her shin. Mandrell had a nonmalignant tumor pushing up under the nail on her left big toe, resulting in surgery that kept her sidelined for almost six weeks. The absence of Cox and Mandrell allowed players such as Stephanie Galarze to take on added responsibility in the midfield. With its full lineup together, Quartz Hill (11-5-5, 8-1-4) finished in a second-place tie with Lancaster (17-2-4, 8-2-2). On a roll: Paraclete of Lancaster (17-6-3, 9-0-1) clinched the Alpha League title with Thursday’s 3-0 victory over Archer School of Los Angeles. The game, which featured goals from Merakka Augenstein, Chelsea Kelly and Liz Ottersen, was a sharp contrast from the first meeting between the teams, a 9-5 Spirits victory Jan. 24. Paraclete will play host to a first-round home game in the Southern Section Div. V playoffs Feb. 18 against an opponent to be determined Monday. So close: Desert Christian of Lancaster (16-1-1, 12-1-1) defeated Frazier Mountain of Lebec, 6-0, in Thursday’s regular-season finale, but the Knights’ bid to share the High Desert League title with rival Bishop Union came up short. The Broncos (16-2-2, 13-0-1) recorded a 1-0 victory over Mammoth of Mammoth Lakes to clinch the title outright. Desert Christian won the league title last season with a 13-1 record, ahead of Bishop, which finished 12-1-1. With its six-goal output, Desert Christian finished the regular season outscoring opponents 135-3. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card A collision ensued between Drenner – who was on the ground attempting to grab the ball – and Lopez, resulting in the Lancaster player’s left leg being bent at an awkward angle, before she collapsed to the ground in obvious pain. “I heard it crack,” Drenner said. “It was horrible.” The game was stopped for nearly 30 minutes as Lopez lay on the ground at Lancaster High while being attended to by coach Rick Acuna, the school’s athletic trainer and eventually the paramedics. Lopez’s left leg was placed in a splint and she was carried off the field on a stretcher before being transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. “I feel terrible for that poor girl,” Highland coach Juan Paolo said. “You never want to see that happen.” Although Paolo hasn’t had to deal with anything as serious as Lopez’s injury this season, the path to back-to-back league titles hasn’t been completely smooth for the second-year coach, who was without Krystal Perkins (right knee) and Kaylee Sandefer (runner’s knees) for Thursday’s game. Finding a way to battle through injuries is nothing new for the elite girls’ soccer teams in the Golden League, which have relied on their depth to survive the rigors of the 12-game league schedule in preparation for the upcoming Southern Section Division II playoffs. Quartz Hill and Highland have both juggled their lineups on several occasions to compensate for the loss of starters who have been sidelined with injuries. A week before the opening round of the playoffs, Lancaster might now be faced with the same challenge. In the 52nd minute of Thursday night’s regular-season finale against Highland, Lancaster junior forward Jennifer Lopez was attempting to run on to a ball in the penalty area, which was saved by Bulldogs goalkeeper Kellie Drenner. Fortunately for Paolo, Cynthia Argote and Terry Solis proved to be strong replacements, helping Highland defeat Lancaster, 1-0, to remain unbeaten in its past 20 league games. The Bulldogs (20-2-3, 11-0-1) are 22-1-1 the past two years in league competition. Quartz Hill had to compensate for the absence of two of its top offensive players, Shannon Cox and Aja Mandrell, for most of the first half of the season. Cox was recovering from a broken fibula and tibia last May, which caused her to have a 14-inch rod placed in her shin. Mandrell had a nonmalignant tumor pushing up under the nail on her left big toe, resulting in surgery that kept her sidelined for almost six weeks. The absence of Cox and Mandrell allowed players such as Stephanie Galarze to take on added responsibility in the midfield. With its full lineup together, Quartz Hill (11-5-5, 8-1-4) finished in a second-place tie with Lancaster (17-2-4, 8-2-2). On a roll: Paraclete of Lancaster (17-6-3, 9-0-1) clinched the Alpha League title with Thursday’s 3-0 victory over Archer School of Los Angeles. The game, which featured goals from Merakka Augenstein, Chelsea Kelly and Liz Ottersen, was a sharp contrast from the first meeting between the teams, a 9-5 Spirits victory Jan. 24. Paraclete will play host to a first-round home game in the Southern Section Div. V playoffs Feb. 18 against an opponent to be determined Monday. So close: Desert Christian of Lancaster (16-1-1, 12-1-1) defeated Frazier Mountain of Lebec, 6-0, in Thursday’s regular-season finale, but the Knights’ bid to share the High Desert League title with rival Bishop Union came up short. The Broncos (16-2-2, 13-0-1) recorded a 1-0 victory over Mammoth of Mammoth Lakes to clinch the title outright. Desert Christian won the league title last season with a 13-1 record, ahead of Bishop, which finished 12-1-1. With its six-goal output, Desert Christian finished the regular season outscoring opponents 135-3. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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