Senior Hannah Arcala scored in the first three minutes to give Lakewood an early 1-0 lead against Poly and the goal held up as the Lancers defeated the Jackrabbits to open Moore League play Tuesday afternoon.
The win marked the first time the Lakewood girls’ soccer team (3-2) beat Poly (0-4) in a league game since the 2010-2011 season.
“I was just happy that I could do that for my team,” Arcala said. ““This is a really good start. It was good to get a win against Poly since we haven’t beat them in a while and it’s a statement win and we just need to keep it going.”
After Arcala’s goal, both teams struggled in the first half to get anything going on passes.
“It was a sloppy game our girls had all the nerves,” Lakewood coach Luis Turcios said. “It was our first home game and our first league game and our team.”
Neither team would get clear shots on goal as Lakewood led 1-0.
The speed in the second half increased as both teams settled down and began to run their sets. In the 54th minute, Poly put the pressure on, but the shot was wide to the right.
“The biggest thing for us it we have a very young team and a lot of first-year starters,” Poly coach Chris Moraga said. “The biggest thing for them is they need to get accustomed to the physicality of the game.”
Both teams exchanged counter attacks, but neither was able to find the net as both teams went scoreless in the second half.
“Now that we got this first win, now we can just start to build on it,” Turcios said. “We just need to get rid of the nerves, and now we can start focusing on the game.”
Wilson 2, Peninsula 2
With a 2-1 lead with only a few minutes remaining in the game, Wilson (2-1-2) saw its win disappear after Peninsula scored on a penalty kick to tie the game.
Wilson will travel to take on Lynwood Wednesday at 6 p.m.