SUNNYVALE – Talented Aptos footballer Jazmine Castaneda saw her 28-game regular-season streak with one goal end in a rout at North Salinas on Saturday.
In a non-league game against undefeated compatriot Fremont on Tuesday night, Castaneda started again. She scored two goals and an assist in the Firebirds 4-0 shutout.
âWe practiced finishing, working the ball, touching it, composing in the last third and that’s what we were able to do tonight,â Castaneda said.
It should be noted that in the match where Castaneda was held scoreless, she recorded three assists.
“It picks up exactly where it left off,” said Malia Kessler, a senior striker. “She’s always been a graduate, she’s always been a very strong player, so I can’t wait to see where it takes us, where it takes us all.”
The senior striker isn’t the only Mariner to light up the scoreboard. Since the start of the season with a draw against Sobrato on November 30, the Mariners (3-0-1) have outscored their opponents 10-1.
The Mariners are looking to continue their attacking path on Thursday, when they play Salinas (1-0-2) in a non-league game at 7 p.m.
âI feel like our game gets better as we get closer as friends and everything,â said Gwenyth Chapman, a senior Mariners forward.
Although the Mariners finished second behind Soquel in the Santa Cruz Coast Coast Athletic League last season, Mariners first-year coach Gina Castaneda believes her team will be in contention for the title after winning the crowns. league in 2014-18 and 2020. She believes her team is capable of winning a section crown as well, regardless of which division they are placed in.
“It’s the league and the CCS,” Castaneda said of the team’s goals. âThis girl group is probably the best to come out of Aptos in a long time, and so the sky is the limit for them. It’s really how far they want to go and how far they want it.
Jazmine Castaneda, who will sign a letter of intent to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, San Jose State or Chico State in the month, has four goals in the young season.
The Mariners also received goals from Kessler and Chapman. Sofia Rosa, Peyton Westjohn, Ava Hymes and Kelsea Ford also recorded assists, meaning a third of the Mariners’ outfielders scored a point.
“This team have incredible talent and they are probably the closest team I have ever played with,” Castaneda said.
Aptos’ back row, with Rowan Bowyer, Elizabeth Randolph and Rosa, hasn’t been tested much – neither has goalkeeper Kylie Nelson, for that matter. She made two saves, both coming early in the first half.
The Mariners counterattacked and kept the ball in their attacking third of the field for about 60 minutes.
âWe just wanted to play our game and make sure we started out strong,â Kessler said.
The Firebirds (3-1-1-), who play in the El Camino division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, faced two goalies. Hannah Miller made six first-half saves, including three in 30 seconds, before Castaneda finished off a Westjohn cross after getting a free kick from Rosa 40 yards in the 38th minute. Aptos were leading 1-0 at halftime.
“They definitely have some really good players,” said Firebirds coach Payam Hajjarian. âThey played really well as a unit. And they always played, whatever their strategy, they played it well.
Julia Ly made four saves for the Firebirds in the second half. All three second-half scoring came into play. Kessler made it 2-0 in the 48th minute, when she followed Hymes’ shot which deflected from the post and landed at her feet. . Kessler’s explosion was just as constant, even though the bullet was enveloped in an invisible arc.
“We train a lot in training, just getting closer to the goal,” Kessler said. âI wanted to make sure I kept it low because I’ve had a few instances where I’ve chipped it. So I think my instinct was to bend over the ball and push it in; you have the goal wide open, so go straight for the goal. ”
The last two goals came from attacks in the middle. Castaneda’s final goal was a 30-meter high camber shot that cleared the leaping Ly’s reach. Castaneda raised his arms in the air and was assaulted by his teammates.
Aptos 4, FrÃ©mont 0
Following: Aptos in Salinas
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.