Regular season comes to an end for girls soccer

Tom Cormack
Coach’s Submission

The Lady Broncs wrapped up their league season this past week.

On Jan. 28 Kern Valley traveled to Edwards Air Force Base to face the Desert Lady Scorpions for the second time in a makeup match that was rained out the first time.

Arika D’Amico started off the game quickly scoring the first goal 1:36 into the game off of an assist by Rachel Driskell. Jordan Allen added a second goal 11 minutes later, again assisted by Driskell.

The Lady Scorpions, while not developing much of an attack, delivering only four shots on goal for Lexi Baker to save, and earning three corner kicks, put the brakes on the Lady Broncs attack for the rest of the match, allowing Kern Valley only six more shots on target and four corner kicks leaving the final score 2-0 in Kern Valley’s favor.

The following day, the Lady Broncs celebrated their Senior Night as they hosted the Cal City for the final game of the High Desert League season. Graduating this year and playing in their final home game were six seniors and one coach:
Genesis Hope, Kanchan Dhillon, D’Amico, Abigale Goulding, Abby Achorn and Driskell

The Lady Broncs beat Cal City with Achorn scoring the first goal at the 16 minute mark off of an assist by Dhillon. D’Amico contributed another goal 21 minutes into the second half off of an assist by Hope. Allen rounded out the scoring for the Lady Broncs with a goal 57 minutes into the game off of an assist by Hannah Ocampo. The Lady Ravens scored a goal with nine minutes left in the game to leave the final score 3-1 for Kern Valley.

The Lady Broncs traveled to Bishop on Jan. 31 in third place, with a slim lead over Frazier Mountain. While this was to be the last of Kern Valley’s matches, many in league, including Frazier Mountain, had games remaining the following week. Kern Valley could sew up third place with a win over Bishop. Barring that result, Frazier Mountain could still tie Kern Valley by beating both Desert and Bishop.

The two teams battled hard in the midfield for the first 27 minutes when Bishop scored from 25 yards. Two minutes later, they scored again. The Lady Broncos scored one more time with five minutes remaining to leave the score 0-3 at halftime.

Kern Valley regrouped, and was determined to shut down the outside shooting in the second half and develop scoring opportunities of their own.

While not allowing any more goals, the Lady Broncs were unable to develop any goals until a foul with four minutes left in the game gave them a free kick at 38 yards off the right corner of the penalty box. Allen delivered an excellent kick into for a goal. The final score was 1-3 at the end of the game.

Kern Valley developed three shots on target one from Achorn, one from Allen, and one from Driskell. Baker had 13 saves in the game. Both teams will travel when they begin the CIF playoffs.