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Eagle girls blown out of playoffs

February 20, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

Southwest High's girls soccer team had the misfortune of facing University City High of San Diego on a bad day.

The visiting Centurions took out their anger on the Eagles, winning 9-0 in the first round of the CIF San Diego Section Division III playoffs Tuesday.

"They were too strong of a team for us," Southwest coach Sal Acevedo said.

The Centurions also were looking to vent some frustrations.

"The girls had something to prove," University City coach Jerry Fox said, noting he missed the playoff-seeding meeting and as a result, "they graciously seeded us 13th."

Fox noted the Centurions had been ranked second in Division III for most of the season and they considered the 13th seed an insult.


"The girls were a little mad," Fox said. "They felt they got (cheated)."

To worsen matters, Fox said, University City has to play the No. 5 seed today.

"And if we win that game, we play again Friday against probably the No. 4 seed," he said.

While the Centurions were mad and took out their aggressions on Southwest, Fox had nothing but praise for the Eagles.

"They are a class team," he said. "They gave us a good game. They never gave up. They battled the whole game long."

University City scored the game's opening goal in the first five minutes when Michelle Russel headed the ball into the open net. Midway through the first half Lauren Segars scored with a shot into the upper right corner of the goal.

Mackenzie Ooms made it 3-0 with a shot from the right side that slipped inside the left upright. Just before halftime Alison Landholt scored from in front of the goal.

University City scored its fifth goal early in the second half when Katie Snyder bolted up the middle. Moments later Erin Baldwin scored off a header.

Midway into the second half Rochelle Roloff scored for the Centurions. Jessica Girdner scored the final two goals.

"We passed the ball well," Acevedo said. The Eagles just didn't get that many scoring opportunities.

In the first half Racquel Rogel got off a shot that was deflected by the Centurion defense. Moments later, Diana Lopez took a shot on goal that went wide.

Southwest's best chance for a goal came when Melissa Frausto took a direct kick. The ball sailed just over the crossbar.

In the second half Yesenia Rogel got the Eagles' lone shot on goal; it sailed wide.

With the loss, Southwest ends the season with a 9-13 record.

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