Lady Cards soar on Senior Day

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By Dave Kavanaugh

In girls’ soccer action this past week, Robertson outshot Moreno Valley 27-1 en route to a 7-0 shutout on Senior Day at RHS Field.
But the Lady Cards fell 4-3 in overtime to Taos Saturday in a match that decided the district championship.

“We had a slow start in the first half (Wednesday) trying a new formation in the lineup,” said RHS coach Ray Parks.

Multi-sport standout Kassandra Tapia, who has played primarily at goalkeeper in this, her only season of varsity soccer, scored twice. Tapia’s second goal came on a header assisted by Belen Romero.

Starting keeper Ashley Jaramillo also got to play in the field, netting a second-half goal off a Caitlin Diefendorf pass.

Parks played his seniors for the duration of the match.

Giavanna La Ferriere took a feed from Romero to net the first goal four minutes in.

Tapia, assisted by Kristen Montaño, made it 2-0 five minutes later.
In the second half, after Tapia’s second goal, Lexus Jaramillo scored back-to-back goals, assisted by Tori Gallegos and Amber Yara. Jaramillo assisted Montaño on a goal in the 64th minute. Then Jaramillo scored in the 76th.

Late in the match, Gallegos — the third-leading scorer for RHS — suffered a knee injury that could sideline her indefinitely. “We hope for the best for her,” Parks said.

LaFerriere, a senior, also left with a knee injury but could be back for postseason play.

Penalty kicks decided Saturday’s loss to Taos, the second time that’s happened in 2010.

Tapia had six saves for the Lady Cards, who lost two more players to injury.

Both RHS girls’ and boys’ teams were to learn their postseason fates on Sunday.