Vasquez pulls hat trick, girls win first round

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It was a big win for the Winters High School girls soccer team and a great comeback story for Karina Vasquez who pulled the hat trick after missing the last nine games due to an ankle sprain. The Warriors hosted Williams on Thursday, Feb. 15, in the division III Northern Section first round playoff game and pulled off a 7-2 victory.

Winters put five in the net during the first half and then matched the Yellow-jackets two goals in the second for the win. Vasquez led all scorers with her three goals.

Camryn Hamilton scored a goal and had an assist. Abby Delao had two assists. Moore scored a goal.

Hannah Flores and Lizette Bermudez each scored a goal, while Corinne McKenna, Cara Baker, Amy Pizano and Ivett Arellano each had an assist.

Winters will travel to Colusa on Tuesday, Feb. 20, for round two with hopes of advancing to the championship game on Feb., 24, and hoping to stay healthy through the next week.

“This has been a challenging season,” said coach Kim Olivas.

“We lost our leading scorer from last season, Elina Perez seven games into the season. She just had her cast removed and is learning to walk again.

“We’ve had several starters with concussions missing several games.

“Losing Karina to a sprained ankle for the majority of league games was an added blow.

“On Tuesday, we lost one of our strongest defenders; who is also a scoring threat, Keeley Stone, to a fractured wrist. There is more parity in this league than we’ve seen in a while. Colusa has a coach who has stabilized the team and given them a sense of security.

“Live Oak has a freshman phenom who is leading the entire section (D1-3) in goals. But, with that being said we feel like the team is playing beautiful soccer and peaking at the right time.

That blow-out victory over Williams was especially sweet as they knocked the team out of the playoffs last year.”

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