EL CENTRO- On a chilly Thursday evening, Feb. 7, the Central Union High School girls varsity soccer team hosted the Southwest Eagles for the final match of the season that resulted in the Spartans controlling the pace for a swift victory of 5-0.
Opening up the 15 minutes of play in the first period, the Spartans quickly found space on the pitch for a goal. The possession began with a recovered ball by Central and a pass to Victoria Proctor, who dribbled the ball into the box for a shot on goal that cruised passed the goaltender, making the score 1-0.
With time winding down in the first half, the Eagles pressed down the field for a chance that shocked the crowd as they were deflected out by Spartan goaltender Ashley Quiroz. Despite the growing pressure from Southwest, Central found themselves in a position for one more shot before the half.
With possession at the Spartans, Quiroz sent the ball into play with a goal kick. After receiving the ball, the Central drove down field for a pass received by Jocelyn Flores. Flores positioned herself far outside the box for a rapid shot that slipped by the goaltender's fingers for another goal. It was 2-0.
Moving through the remaining minutes of the first half, the Eagles missed a close chance, allowing the Spartans to close out the first half with a comfortable two-point lead.
As the clock started in the second half of play, Central continued their charge with two quick additional goals, making it 4-0.
Utilizing speed to keep possession of the ball, the Spartans gained one more successful shot at the goal. With Central passing down field, the ball was placed in front of Melissa Dayleth Palacios who promptly shook her defender. Palacios maneuvered into the box for a shot that glided through the air and passed the goalie for the fifth goal of the evening.
With this victory, the Spartans bumped their record to 14-3-1, and league record to 11-0-1 for the season. The Lady Spartans now move on to face off against Mission Bay High School February 13 for their first playoff game.