The ball traveling quickly down the sideline in the possession of senior, Darian Miller; she gets to the end line, cuts inside, it’s a bad angle; there's a shot, tips the post, and Mesa’s girls current varsity team scores within the first five minutes of the game.
Costa Mesa high school’s girl’s varsity soccer team has never, in the history of mesa, lost an alumni game; and that’s not about to change this year.
The game took place at 11:00am at Jim-Scott stadium this past Saturday. As the girls got there an hour before hand to warm up, many were throwing around words like “nervous” and became more and more intimidated each time a different mesa graduate walked through the gates of the stadium. This was mostly because a few of these girls played college soccer, and one even for LA’s Lingerie football league; otherwise the majority of the girls hadn’t played since high school and were a bit rusty.
First half, varsity was pushing hard to the 50/50 balls, and scored within the first five minutes; while the alumni were still trying to get a feel for the game again. Varsity was playing their passing game that they’d been working on since day one, keeping the ball on the alumni’s side of the field for the greater part of the half. Varsity had several breakaways, but was unsuccessful in finishing until about midway through the first half, when Darian Miller received a ground ball, took a few steps, and shot for the second goal of the game. Then, right as the alumni got in the groove of things and got a few shots off, the 40 minute half came to an end.
Second half, the alumni kicked off. Pushing hard to each ball, they seemed determined to make a comeback. Doing much better than when in the first half, the alumni kept the ball on varsity’s side for much of the second half. Varsity’s defense stayed strong with sweeper Citlaly Gomez. Despite the improvement in the alumni’s game, they were still unable to score when the second half came to an end, resulting in the end score of 2-0 varsity’s lead.
After the game, senior Cindy Mejia said, “I think today’s game showed how much potential we have to grow as a team, we could change season around. It was a well fought game; we just needed to finish our shots.”
Photos by Angel Fisk.
Last Wednesday, Mesa’s Boy’s Varsity Basketball team faced the Garden Grove Argonauts and defeated them at home.
As the game began, both teams played competitively. Throughout the eight minutes in the first quarter, the Mustangs were able to score 16 to the Argonaut’s 6. Mesa had one foul and Garden Grove had three.
As the second quarter began, the fight between the two teams was apparent. Both teams fought for each rebound and successfully crashed the boards. Jordan Walden scored several 3 point shots. During this quarter, Mesa was able to score another 10 points to accelerate the score to 26 and Garden Grove scored 11, bringing their score to 17. Mustangs had 3 more fouls and Argonauts had another 3
Throughout the course of the third quarter, the game got more aggressive. Mustangs got three more fouls and Garden Grove received two more. Mesa scored 11 more points and the Argonauts scored an impressive 13.
In the 4th quarter, as the clock winded down, Garden Grove fouled the Mustangs to save time and take the Mustangs chance at the free throw line. Unfortunately for them, Nick Dawson scored the last two points of the game with his free throws, making the final score 52-41. Overall the game was very fast paced as players ran to both sides of the court during each possession. The game was very physical, as referees blew their whistles constantly to the game sending players to the free throw line. The Mustangs’ next home game is against the Godinez Grizzlies on January 11th.
Photos by Mitchell Grandia.