Los Angeles Soccer: Ruby Leon
December, 5, 2010
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
SANTA CLARITA -- When star forward Evelyn Calderon went down with a knee injury just nine games into the season, San Bernardino Valley's women's soccer team could have given up.
Calderon's 25 goals had fueled the Wolverines' unprecedented run to a regional final last year, and as they set their sights on something more, she was expected to be the hero.
So SBVC's triumph in Sunday's state junior college title game -- a 1-0 decision over Santa Rosa at College of the Canyons -- had to feel awful special, right?
“Right now, this feels great,” Wolverines coach Kristin Hauge said. “Tomorrow, I start recruiting. Well, as soon as I get off the field, I'll start texting.”
Title-game MVP Crystal Sanchez (Bloomington/Bloomington HS) converted a 72nd-minute penalty kick to provide the difference in a defensive standoff that saw just one shot -- Sanchez's PK -- placed on target. Mariela Ortega (Desert Hot Springs/Desert Hot Springs HS) earned the spot kick, bumped down from behind by Santa Rosa's Lauren Romano after running onto a space-finding pass by Angela Young (San Bernardino/Cajon HS).
“I knew we were good defensively, but I knew they're very good defensively,” Hauge said. “We knew that one goal, whoever got it, had a real good chance of winning.”