The Juan Diego Soaring Eagles defeated the Corner Canyon Chargers 12-10 in the Division II championship game. Juan Diego started off the game with great offense and solid defense. Juan Diego seniors Ryan Stolfa, Lexi Moratalla and Gabby Horner had a strong first half with Stolfa and Moratalla scoring 3 goals each while Horner added a goal as well. Juan Diego took a big 7-3 lead with 3 minutes left in the first half, but Corner Canyon showed heart and hustle to close the gap to 7-5 at halftime.
Juan Diego was controlling the game by securing the draws and controlling possession. However, Corner Canyon surprised Juan Diego by coming out strong in the second half as Kiah Muramoto scored two quick goals to make the game 7 apiece. Both teams continued to trade goals to as we found ourselves tied at 9 goals each with 10 minutes left in the game.
Juan Diego proved to be too much for Corner Canyon as Ella Candage scored a couple of late goals that Corner Canyon could not answer.
Juan Diego won the game 12-10 giving the Soaring Eagles their second Division II title in the last 4 years.
Juan Diego coach Sage Johnson was proud of how her players played, especially the seniors. “With the leadership and examples from our senior class, our team left their hearts out on the field which I feel earned us the win. In the end, we were so proud of the way we played as a team and everyone contributed to the success.”
Lexi Moratalla led the way for Juan Diego with 4 goals, while Ryan Stolfa had 3 goals and an assist. Also scoring for Juan Diego was Ella Candage and Gabby Horner with 2 goals each, and Chloe Redican with a goal and an assist.
Juan Diego coach Sage Johnson knew it would be a tight game and it would come down to who could secure possession of the ball. “I thought when we lost possessions in the midfield and on the draw, the momentum shifted a little bit in Corner Canyon’s favor going into halftime and to start the second half.”
The Draw was a tale of two halves. Juan Diego won the first half securing 9 of the 12 draws for a 75% draw percentage. Corner Canyon was equally as dominate in the second half winning 10 out of 11 for a 91% draw percentage. Juan Diego scored 12 goals on 17 shots for a 71% shooting percentage while Corner Canyon scored their 10 goals on 17 shots for a 59% shooting percentage.
Corner Canyon’s Maddie Andrews, Simone Parker, and Kiah Muramoto had 3 goals each while Sofia Chieco had a single goal. Maddie Andrews, Alexia Davis and Talia Anderl each had an assist for the Chargers.
Corner Canyon coach Bergan McArdle was pleased in how her players competed. “Although we didn’t win,” Coach McArdle said, “I am so proud of my girls for how far they have come this year. It was an intense game and well played on both ends. Great way to end the season.”