The injury train for the girls’ soccer continued its way down the track in the May 3 home game against Cristo Rey.
Junior Avi Bhullar collapsed because of cramps, and junior Kaeleigh Valverde had a large collision, hitting her head.
Nevertheless, the Cavs still won 5-2.
As Western Sierra Collegiate Academy lost to Buckingham Charter on the same day, Buckingham (4-2-2) moved up to first place and Western Sierra (2-2-3) fell to third, leaving the Cavs (3-2-2) in second place.
In the first half, Cristo Rey scored first off of a penalty kick.
But the girls came back to tie the game, 1-1, on a corner kick by freshman Michaela Chen.
They scored again by freshman Lia Kaufman off a good cross by freshman Abby LaComb.
The Cavs had a rough game, as Cristo Rey was aggressive.
“I got knocked over like two or three times in the box,” LaComb said.
At the end of the half, the score was 2-1.
After halftime, Cristo Rey immediately scored off of a free kick, tying the game 2-2.
Kaufman then scored two more goals, one off of a penalty kick from Bhullar being fouled by Cristo Rey’s left back in the box.
The final goal was LaComb’s.
Despite the solid victory, the girls once again said they had trouble with the refs.
“They missed a lot of calls and made some calls that should not have been called.” LaComb said.
The Cavs also had trouble on defense.
“We would get beat, and then have a hard time recovering,” junior Shriya Nadgauda said. “Many players stepped up to help, especially (sophomores Nina Dym and Lea Gorny).”
But the girls did improve on moving the ball up the field and setting up shots.
The Cavs still have a chance for first, as they play Buckingham Charter at home, on Thursday, May 5, at 4 p.m.
—By Jack Christian