Cats girls soccer slips by Simi

By Haley Sawyer

Last update: Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

West Ranch's Erin Meottel (13) celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the second half against Simi Valley High School at West Ranch. Dan Watson/The Signal

The West Ranch High girls soccer team had to chase a lead nearly the entire first half, but their patience paid off in a 3-2 home win over Simi Valley High on Wednesday afternoon.

The Simi Valley Pioneers (9-5-3) nabbed the first goal in the 12th minute of the game, but less than five minutes later, Aliyah Satterfield wrangled a ball from a midfielder and struck from about 18 yards out.

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Maddie Leonhardt followed up near the end of the first half with a left-footed goal to pull West Ranch (6-3-1) ahead 2-1.

West Ranch's Rheana Patterson (15) heads a pass away from Simi Valley High School defender Amanda Crawford (7) at West Ranch on Wednesday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
West Ranch’s Rheana Patterson (15) heads a pass away from Simi Valley High School defender Amanda Crawford (7) at West Ranch on Wednesday. Dan Watson/The Signal

On the other side of the half, Simi Valley knotted the score at two. West Ranch’s Erin Meottel struck immediately after, securing the ball after a cross and tapping it past the goalkeeper from inside the box for the game-winning goal.

The Wildcats haven’t had a consistent practice schedule as of late since the track around the practice field is in the process of being replaced. Coach Jared White said the difficulties impacted their play.

“Today was kind of a rough day because practice has been sporadic,” he said. “I was happy with the way they were able to fight back after each goal and get it back rather quickly. It was expected (to struggle a little bit) because practice was hectic, but to get a result against them is good.”

West Ranch next plays at Highland High of Palmdale on Friday before opening Foothill League play on Tuesday at home against Valencia.

About the author

Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and is the sports editor at The Signal.

West Ranch's Erin Meottel (13) celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the second half against Simi Valley High School at West Ranch. Dan Watson/The Signal

Cats girls soccer slips by Simi

The West Ranch High girls soccer team had to chase a lead nearly the entire first half, but their patience paid off in a 3-2 home win over Simi Valley High on Wednesday afternoon.

The Simi Valley Pioneers (9-5-3) nabbed the first goal in the 12th minute of the game, but less than five minutes later, Aliyah Satterfield wrangled a ball from a midfielder and struck from about 18 yards out.

MORE West Ranch: Boys basketball awakens in 2nd half vs. Granada Hills

Maddie Leonhardt followed up near the end of the first half with a left-footed goal to pull West Ranch (6-3-1) ahead 2-1.

West Ranch's Rheana Patterson (15) heads a pass away from Simi Valley High School defender Amanda Crawford (7) at West Ranch on Wednesday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
West Ranch’s Rheana Patterson (15) heads a pass away from Simi Valley High School defender Amanda Crawford (7) at West Ranch on Wednesday. Dan Watson/The Signal

On the other side of the half, Simi Valley knotted the score at two. West Ranch’s Erin Meottel struck immediately after, securing the ball after a cross and tapping it past the goalkeeper from inside the box for the game-winning goal.

The Wildcats haven’t had a consistent practice schedule as of late since the track around the practice field is in the process of being replaced. Coach Jared White said the difficulties impacted their play.

“Today was kind of a rough day because practice has been sporadic,” he said. “I was happy with the way they were able to fight back after each goal and get it back rather quickly. It was expected (to struggle a little bit) because practice was hectic, but to get a result against them is good.”

West Ranch next plays at Highland High of Palmdale on Friday before opening Foothill League play on Tuesday at home against Valencia.

About the author

Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and is the sports editor at The Signal.