West Ranch High girls soccer’s playoff run ended earlier than the Wildcats wanted it to for the fourth straight year.
But this one, a 3-0 loss on the road to Temecula Valley on Tuesday, felt different.
“(After the game), it was more of a reflection on the positives of the year and the history they made as a team,” said coach Jared White.
The Wildcats (12-5-6) won a playoff game for the first time in program history last week, escaping Agoura High, 1-0, at home.
Tuesday’s 119-mile trek to Temecula didn’t go as well. The Golden Bears (22-3-2) surely made the day seem longer, scoring off three set pieces, two in the first half.
Temecula Valley scored off a free kick in the 20th minute, then came through on two long throw-ins.
Still, White said West Ranch has a lot to be proud of.
“Everybody is going to be sad for the seniors whose careers are over,” he said. “But I think having won that playoff game and making history was a big relief off their shoulders.”
Next season, West Ranch will return freshman goalkeeper Allison Jacobs, junior center back Emilie Cisneros and junior center midfielder Perla Lorenzo.