Millikan Girls' Soccer

Millikan girls soccer is making its living in the second half of Moore League matches this month. The Rams scored three goals after halftime on Tuesday to beat Wilson 3-0 on the road. Millikan also scored three times in the second half at Poly last week for a dramatic draw.

“Things start to develop when you keep doing the right things,” Millikan coach Tino Nunez said. “We want to play soccer and when you believe its a matter of time until you break down (the opponent with possession) and put the ball in the back of the net.”

After a relatively even first half, Millikan (9-4-4, 3-0-2) took the lead in the 46th minute on a cracking free kick goal from 30-yards out by Elizabeth Mendes. The Rams were reduced to 10 players on the field after a 53rd minute red card, but junior Gabi Reyes scored two class header goals in the 56th and 59th minutes to secure the victory.

Wilson (8-5-1, 4-1-0) is still in first place but struggled after halftime with a limited number of substitutions. The Bruins were without a handful of starters due to injury.

“Even if we had all of our players those goals still go in,” Wilson coach Dalton Kaufman said. “Millikan took it to another gear in the second half.”

Reyes missed a header off of a corner kick early in the second half before her goals.

“The (coaches) told me to send (the header) back the other way,” Reyes said. “So that’s what I did.”

Reyes scored her first header off of a perfect cross from Ariana Jorge and her second came off of a free kick from Mendes.

Wilson maintains its hold on first place despite the loss while Millikan moves into a second-place tie with Lakewood and Long Beach Poly. The Bruins face the Lancers on Monday at 5 p.m. in a rescheduled game.

LAKEWOOD 3, LONG BEACH POLY 3

A last-minute goal from Hannah Arcala pulled the Lancers (9-4-3, 3-0-2) even in this exciting Moore League match. The Jackrabbits (5-7-2, 3-1-2) took a first-half lead and junior Emily Knous scored a wonder strike in the 78th minute to give Poly a 3-2 lead. Jordan Barber scored the first goal for Lakewood in the 45th minute and Arcala’s first goal made it 2-1. The Jackrabbits equalized at the hour mark.

JJ has covered Long Beach sports for more than a decade. He's written for multiple newspapers in Southern California, produced professional event videos and won numerous awards for his writing and community service.

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