Temescal Canyon's Hali Oakes, kicks the ball up field as Paloma Valley's Jackie Armijo tries to block during their game Thursday at Temescal Canyon High.
LAKE ELSINORE Temescal Canyon High’s girls soccer team has had an emphasis this season on getting off to fast starts.
Thursday was no different.
Hannah Bojorquez scored the game’s only goal in the eighth minute, as Temescal Canyon defeated Paloma Valley 1-0 in a Sunbelt League contest.
“Our goal was to come out early, find our open spots, and put pressure on their defense,” Temescal Canyon head coach David Cox said. “It worked and it opened up space for us.”
Bojorquez was in “the right place at the right time” to score the goal, as the ball landed right at her feet after a deflection.
Instinctively, the senior quickly flung the ball on net and was rewarded with the game’s only goal.
“We knew coming in that (Paloma Valley) doesn’t allow many goals,” Bojorquez said. “But we were confident in our offense and knew that it would be to our advantage if we could get that first goal.
“This win puts us in a good place, but it’s going to make us work harder because we have a target on our back now.”
It is a good place for Temescal Canyon (7-4-6, 3-0-1), as they now reside at the top of the Sunbelt League table a half-game ahead of Paloma Valley (5-4-2, 2-1-1).
The Titans controlled the ball for nearly all of the first half, and the Wildcats struggled to get past the midfield line.
“We have been working on keeping possession,” Cox said. “With possession comes momentum.”
Added Paloma Valley coach Marie Dillon, “We were really rattled, they pretty much dominated us in the beginning, and it didn’t allow us to play our normal game.”
Paloma Valley answered the bell in the second half. It played a more aggressive game but still failed to score.
With 10 minutes remaining, the Wildcats earned three consecutive corner kicks but could not covert on the attempts.
“We were trying to punch one in there at the end, but we just couldn’t seem to get a head or a body on it,” Dillon said.
Paloma Valley keeper Christina Rodriguez kept the Wildcats in the game with nine saves, while Temescal Canyon keeper Maegan Araiz made three.