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APPLE VALLEY • “We played a good 55 minutes,” said Lady Aztecs head coach Frank Maldonado.
The rest of the match, however, belonged to the Lady Cougars. Granite Hills scored six times in the last 25 minutes and took a 6-1 win from Barstow, in Desert Sky League soccer action on Tuesday.
The victory keeps Granite in first place in the conference.
The Lady Aztecs controlled the first half. The only tally during the first 40 minutes came from the visitors, as Barstow was awarded a penalty kick after a shove in the box in the 24th minute. Lexyss Aviles made good on the shot, and Barstow led, 1-0, at halftime.
The Lady Aztecs started the second half well, but in the 58th minute, Granite took control and didn’t let go. The Cougars’ Maria Lara got her team’s first goal, to tie the game. She would get two more before the clock ran out, Ashlenn Bradbury connected twice, and Sarah Ellars had one tally, for the 6-1 final.
“Once they scored that first goal, I don’t know what happened. We couldn’t find an answer,” said coach Maldonado. “I think our youth caught up with us. I told the girls, if you want to win, you play your position and you play for 80 minutes.”
Barstow keeper Yessica Morales made eight saves, while Lady Cougars goalie Noelle Hele saved four shots.
“I’m not disappointed in the girls at all. There’s lots of season left,” said Maldonado. “We’ve still got time. We’ll be ok.”
Barstow (9-6-4, 6-2-2) will be at Burroughs on Thursday. Maldonado is bracing for another battle.
“I don’t expect anything less on Thursday,” he said. “Burroughs is going to come at us. Two times they’ve played us, and they’ve brought it.”