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Webb wins again claiming Division 5 regional title

by Andrew Alonzo | aalonzo@claremont-courier.com

Vivian Webb girls’ varsity soccer snagged a twofer, defeating Arrowhead Christian Academy, 3-2, to claim the Division 5 CIF Southern California Regional tournament title on Saturday at Faculty Field in Claremont.

This was the second time in just a week that the Gauls edged past the Eagles to claim a CIF title. Junior forward Abbey Cook was again the star of the show, this time nabbing herself a brace — 2 goals — along with an assist in the championship game.

“I couldn’t have scored without it going through 10 other girls on the field. I think everything just worked out the way it was supposed to,” Cook said after the game. “In the game there were several other chances, at least in my mind, that I should have finished but I’m grateful those misses didn’t end up biting me.”

In just two regional tournament games, the number one seeded Gauls scored 12 goals, nine of which came during their semifinal game against number four seeded Mount Miguel High School.

To say this was a successful season for the Gauls would be an understatement. The Gauls won a treble, grabbing the San Joaquin League title, the Division 6 CIF-Southern Section title, and now the Division 5 regional title. In addition, they completed a perfect season, going 20-0 overall, 8-0 in league.

“Not many teams can say they went undefeated all season. For me personally, I’m just happy for them, they’ve been working hard all season,” said Head Coach Malick Mbengue, who has been with the team for five seasons. “They knew they were a good team, but still had to prove it on the field, and they did.”

Since it was the final game of the season, Coach Mbengue said the team will focus on rebuilding for the future. Though they will lose a few seniors, including goalscoring threats like forward Taren Duffy, Mbengue said the core of the team will still be there next season since many of the current players are sophomore and juniors.

 

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