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Eastlake keeper weathers rain of Carlsbad shots

03/01/2013, 10:42pm PST
By Craig Malveaux

Titans make history with school's first girls soccer championship.


Eastlake's Ang Boyd (left), who scored the game's only goal, and Janelle Prado celebrate their team's victory over Carlsbad for the Division I girls soccer championship.

She balked at the number, eyes bulging as her hands rose to her face, blanketing her mouth in disbelief.

“Are you serious? You’re kidding right?” JoJo McCaskill asked. “Seventeen saves?”

Indeed.

Top-seeded Carlsbad (14-3-6) fired off a barrage of shots, but Eastlake’s senior goalkeeper fended off each and every attempt as Ang Boyd scored the game-winning goal to propel the Titans past the Lancers 1-0 for the San Diego Section Division I girls soccer title Friday night at San Diego Mesa College.

“(JoJo) was outstanding,” Titans coach Scott Burress said of McCaskill, who claimed her eighth clean sheet of the season. “She makes it look easy and has spent all season being in the right place.”

So was Boyd. The senior forward’s first-half goal provided the Titans with their first section girls soccer title.

“We’re making history every step of the way,” McCaskill said.

Eastlake (15-2-6) took only seven total shots — about a fourth of what the Lancers tried — but capitalized.

McCaskill and the defense preserved the cushion as time ran out.

The Titans’ victory avenged last season’s semifinal loss to Carlsbad, the defending champion.

“It could have gone either way,” Burress said. “We had plenty of effort, great goalkeeping play, great defense the entire night and tried to stay organized. I’m so proud of them.”

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