Sunny but cool, the air was clear on Friday, February 7th as the Bonita Vista Lady Barons soccer team took the field against the Mater Dei Crusaders for their fifth win in the Metro-Mesa League.
The Lady Barons scored twice within the first 5 minutes of the game, leaving their goalie, Madison McFarland without much to do. Both offense and defense were working hard and keeping the ball away from their opponents. Junior forward Pascale Mardahl-Dumesnil assisted and lead a dominant offensive onslaught throughout the first half.
“I think Pascale is a very technical player, and knows how to be a team player. She deserved her commitment to Washington,”Jennifer Ballez, Captain and outside forward said.
Entering the second half with a score of 6-0, the game was already in their grasp. Having played Mater Dei before, the Lady Barons were prepared to take home the ostensibly “easy” win.
“We’re tough,” Bonita’s head girls soccer coach Ryan Marquez said. “We have fire power up top… we’re about equal in offense and defense.”
Though the team has not won every game they have played this season, they are working hard to keep their league record spotless. Their overall record is 15-3-2. With confidence gained from their streak, the Lady Barons powered through the second half, leaving the game with a 8-0 win.
Tuesday, following the Mater Dei win, Bonita dominated again against Olympian, winning with another 8-0 score.
“The game overall was relaxing to play in, but you never know what to expect from your competitors because of our streak, ” Ballez said. The senior forward scored three goals in the Mater Dei game and once in the Olympian game with two assists.
Dumesnil and freshman forward Natalya Romaine each scored twice, ensuring the team’s sixth win in league.
Coach Marquez, an approachable and calm coach, is impressed by the girls and their accomplishments both on the field and off of it. Two players have bright futures in college soccer. Ballez has signed with Point Loma Nazarene University and Dumesnil recently committed to the University of Washington.
“For us, our winning streak is big, because we want to be consistent. I’m proud of them. We have a good program and I’m not too worried about losing our senior players,” said Marquez.
“When he talks to the team, he doesn’t say much, but what he says is really meaningful. He never really yells at the team. The way he communicates shows the team how much he cares about us,” Ballez said.
Bonita hopes to end the league season with a 9-0 record. They play their last game against Otay on Friday, February 21st, at Bonita at 3 pm.