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Midseason changes boost Southwest

03/05/2016, 2:36pm PST
By Ed Wehde

Addition of key players helps Raiders win San Diego Section Division IV championship

— The San Diego Southwest girls soccer team took an abrupt U-turn midway through the season.

After winning just one of their first eight games, the Raiders won 11 of their last 14, including three straight in the playoffs, culminating in a 1-0 victory over Sage Creek in the San Diego Section Division IV finals at Olympian High on Saturday.

With the win, fourth-seeded Southwest (12-9-1), the Metro South Bay League champion, won its first ever title in its first appearance in the finals since 1985.

“It’s awesome,” Raiders coach Guillermo Medina said. “Especially the way the season turned out with lots of ups and downs. To achieve this feels great.”

Medina said the season turned when the team added some players who had been ineligible and others who weren’t playing.

“It was only really two or three, but they were two or three essential players,” Medina said. “That changed all the dynamic.”

Junior Sylvia Rojas’ 34th-minute goal from a bad angle on the left wing stood as the winner.

“It just went in,” Rojas said. “I was just trying to put it in the box, and it went in.”

No. 2 Sage Creek (7-10-2), with no seniors on the roster, reached the finals in its first varsity season.

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