Four members of this year's Saddleback women's soccer team earned all-conference recognition by the coaches of the Orange Empire Conference following the season.
Freshmen Jericho Baichtal and Marissa Pickett earned first-team all-conference honors while sophomore Catie Scheid and freshman Jessica Tellez earned second-team status.
Baichtal, a forward, tallied five goals during the season, all coming during the conference schedule, while Pickett, a midfielder, accounted for three goals and seven assists on the year with all three goals and four of the assists coming against conference opponents.
Scheid and Tellez were both defensive players for the Gauchos.
Scheid was credited with five assists on the season (three in conference games) and Tellez was the team's stopper this season. She scored one goal this season but was invaluable as the last line of defense against opponents' attackers.
Saddleback finished the season with a 4-12-5 overall record and finished seventh in the conference standings.
Saddleback sophomore Catie Scheid has been invited to participate in the Sophomore Showcase, an exhibition game for those student-athletes not playing in the weekend's state soccer tournament. The game will be played on Saturday, December 6, starting at 2:00 p.m. on the College of the Canyons campus in Santa Clarita and is usually well-attended by four-year college coaches and scouts.
Scheid, a 5'10" defender from Mission Viejo HS, had five assists this season on the way to earning all-conference honors.
The women's soccer state semifinals will be held on the College of the Canyons campus starting on Friday, December 5, with San Diego Mesa facing Santa Rosa at 4:00 p.m. followed by Cerritos and Modesto squaring off at 7:00 p.m. Saturday is an off day for the tournament teams, allowing for the men's and women's sophomore showcase events. Sunday will be the soccer championship finals with the men playing at 10:00 a.m. and the women playing for the title at 2:00 p.m.
Saddleback closed out the 2008 soccer season by posting a 3-3 tie at home against visiting Golden West College on Friday afternoon.
Golden West drew first blood when Brittany Whittemore collected a ball deflected by Saddleback goalkeeper Kat Pegg at the top of the penalty box and rolled it into an empty net just five minutes into the contest. Saddleback was able to answer about 30 minutes later when Cheryl Moore scored on a penalty kick to knot the score at 1-1 at halftime.
The teams traded goals in the second half. Golden West took the lead just eight minutes into the second period as Whittemore received a pass from Yessenia Ocampo and found the back of the net again. But Saddleback answered just one minute later as Gracie Wilkins collected a centering pass from Marissa Pickett, turned, and fired past the Golden West keeper.
The score did not stay tied for long as Ocampo was able to score on a direct free kick from just outside the penalty area to give Golden West a 3-2 with about 30 minutes to play. Saddleback was able to tie the score again with just eight minutes to play as Catie Scheid's long pass found the feet of the speedy Jericho Baichtal who was able to get off a clean shot past the Rustler keeper.
Saddleback took 17 shots during the match while Golden West took eight shots. Veronica Helguera had five saves for the Rustlers while Pegg had four saves for Saddleback.
The game concluded the season for both Saddleback (4-12-5, 3-11-2) and Golden West (4-11-4, 2-9-3).
Saddleback’s Marissa Pickett turned in some fancy footwork in the second half to help the Gauchos overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit and beat district rival Irvine Valley 2-1 on Monday in a make-up game.
Last week’s game with the Lasers was called off when overnight rains made the fields unplayable. That, coupled with a bye in the schedule, left Saddleback with no games last week and three this week as Orange Empire Conference play concludes.
Pickett moved the ball at will in the center of the field, sending clean passes left and right during the entire second half. Jericho Baichtal caught up with one of those passes and knocked it into the net to tie the score at 1-1 just 17 minutes into the second half. Pickett had one of her passes returned to her and she made the most of it, knocking in the game-winning goal with just 15 minutes remaining in the match.
Saddleback outshot the Lasers 16-1 in the second half. Lupe Jimenez accounted for seven saves for Irvine Valley while Kat Pegg had two first-half saves. One of Pegg’s saves was deflected out into the field of play where it was collected by a Laser and kicked toward the goal while Pegg was entangled on the ground with the original attacker. That shot was deflected by a Saddleback defender and Leguizamo was able to flick the loose ball into the net from five feet away to put Irvine Valley on the scoreboard first.
Monday night's rainfall has caused Rancho Capistrano to close its athletic fields, thereby cancelling today's women's soccer match against Irvine Valley. The make-up date will be on Monday, November 10, starting at 3:00 p.m. at Rancho Capistrano
In a Halloween afternoon futbol match, the Gauchos were outdueled by Orange Coast College in a 2-1 loss at OCC. Saddleback allowed an early goal to the Pirates, then played solid defense for the remainder of the first half and most of the second half before allowing a second goal at the 70 minute mark. Saddleback cut the lead about 10 minutes later when Jericho Baichtal scored on an assist by Madeline Horner but the Gauchos couldn't put a second shot past the Pirate keeper.
Saddleback keeper Kat Pegg posted eight saves.
In a women's soccer game which saw six yellow cards distributed, the Gauchos were edged by Fullerton 3-2 on the Hornets' home turf. Jennifer Smith and Marissa Pickett scored goals for the Gauchos while Catie Scheid added an assist. Goalkeeper Kat Pegg had seven saves for Saddleback.
Each team drew three yellow cards, including a double-yellow, in the tight contest. Just four games remain on the regular-season schedule.
Saddleback’s Marissa Pickett rolled a ball through the middle of the Santa Ana defense and Maile Gannon was the first to reach it, racing past the Dons’ defense to collect the ball just inside the penalty area and rolling it past a charging Santa Ana goal keeper to score the game’s only goal 11 minutes into the second half.
The physical game saw Santa Ana control much of the offense in the first half, taking nine shots on the Saddleback goal. But Saddleback’s defense improved in the second half, not allowing the Dons to get any shots off while the Gauchos took six shots of their own.
Three yellow cards were handed out, including two to Saddleback’s Courtney Ledford which caused Saddleback to play with one less player for the final 26 minutes of the game. Cortnee Kleidon recorded six saves for Santa Ana while Saddleback’s Kat Pegg had three saves to record her fourth shutout of the season and the second shutout against Santa Ana.
Despite a great second-half in which the Gauchos controlled the ball for most of the period, Riverside was still able to hold on for a 3-2 Orange Empire Conference win Tuesday at Rancho Capistrano.
The Tigers were up 2-0 at halftime and added a third goal just seven minutes into the second half before Saddleback kicked its game up a notch to play less defensive soccer and more offensive soccer. The plan worked as Courtney Ledford put the ball past the keeper on an assist from Jennifer Smith at the 63rd minute mark and Marissa Pickett was able to drive a shot into the back of the net from near the penalty shot mark after receiving a long pass into the middle from Cheryl Moore to make the score 3-2 in favor of Riverside with 17 minutes to play.
The Gauchos had four more prime scoring opportunities, including a center pass from Lauren Duarte right in front of the net that Smith nudged just wide and an empty net opportunity when the Tigers' backup keeper slipped while chasing a ball outside the goal box. Two shots from just inside midfield later in the half were equally exciting as one sailed just over the crossbar
and the other one was snagged by the fingertips of the Tiger keeper to prevent the tying goal. Saddleback keeper Kat Pegg recorded seven saves in the game.
Saddleback fell to Cypress, 4-0, on Friday in an Orange Empire Conference contest. The Gauchos allowed a goal just four minutes into the contest as the Chargers' forward beat the Saddleback goalkeeper to a loose ball at the top of the penalty box and softly rolled it in. The Chargers add a couple of strange goals midway through the period as a high, towering kick from the right corner of the penalty box came down just out of the reach of the Saddleback goalkeeper for the second goal and a shot to the right side hit the right post, caromed across to the left post, grazing the back half of the round post and trickling into the net.
The Gauchos played much more spirited in the second half, keeping the Chargers scoreless for 40 minutes until Cypress scored with just about five minutes to play. Kat Pegg had six saves for the Gauchos.
Saddleback settled for a 1-1 tie at Irvine Valley making the fourth tie of the season for the Gauchos. Jericho Baichtal settled a loose ball on the right side of the field and launched a 25-yard shot into the top left corner of the net midway through the second half to give the Gauchos a 1-0 advantage. It nearly stood up as the game winner but an IVC attacker beat Saddleback keeper Kat Pegg to a loose ball at the top of the penalty box and sent it into the net to tie the score. Pegg had six saves in the game.
Saddleback was solid in the second half of this game, outshooting its Orange Coast counterparts by an 11-1 margin and keeping the ball in the offensive end for a majority of the period. However, the Gauchos gave up five goals in the first half and fell to the Pirates 5-0 at home on Tuesday.
The Gauchos' defense was stellar in the second half, keeping OCC away from the net until nearly the 85th minute when the Pirates got off one long shot which sailed high over the net. Meanwhile, Saddleback was getting off several great scoring opportunities, including a penalty shot and three direct kicks. None of them found the net as Pirate keeper Caitlin Schott made eight saves in the second half.
Saddleback (2-5-3, 1-4-0) will travel to Irvine Valley College to face the Lasers on Friday (Oct. 3).
Saddleback played an extremely strong first half against Fullerton on Friday afternoon at the Rancho Capistrano field, scoring in the first five minutes of the game and controlling the ball for much of the first 45 minutes. But the Hornets made some adjustments in the second half which resulted in two quick goals to open the period and Saddleback fell to Fullerton, 2-1.
Cheryl Moore scored on a pass from Marissa Pickett through the defense in the middle of the field as the Gauchos made the game look easy at the five minute mark. But Fullerton was able to flood the Saddleback defense early in the second half to score twice. The tying score coming on an errant pass back to the goal keeper that Kenya Torres was able to toe in just five minutes into the second period. The winning goal then followed eight minutes later as Breyana Ajamian found Sarah Larsen open on a run to the goal.
Saddleback will host Orange Coast on Tuesday (Sept. 30) at 3:00 p.m.
Saddleback dropped the Orange Empire Conference opener to Santiago Canyon College on Tuesday, 8-0. Saddleback freshman goalie Kat Pegg was credited with 21 saves as the Hawks outshot the Gauchos 35-3.
Saddleback will try to even out its conference record on Friday when the Gauchos travel to Riverside to play the Tigers (2-1-1).
Saddleback (1-1-3) forced another tie this season as Ashley Novack scored in the 87th minute to knot the score at 1-1, helping the Gauchos keep pace with San Diego City College on the Knights' home turf.
It was Saddleback's third tie in five games and adds another point to its RPI rating for the season. The Gauchos have missed the playoffs the past three seasons by just a fraction of a point.
Goalkeeper Kat Pegg was credited with seven saves.
Saddleback's roadtrip to the Central Coast of California produced a win and a tie against college teams from Northern California and gave the Gauchos (1-0-2) a solid start to the season.
The Gauchos defeated Evergreen College (San Jose) on Friday, 4-0, at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo as Jennifer Smith scored twice while Ashley Novack and Madeline Horner added single goals. Marissa Pickett and Catie Scheid each picked up a pair of assists while goalkeeper Kat Pegg only needed to make one save in goal as the defense shut down Evergreen.
On Saturday, Saddleback found itself down 2-0 to NorCal powerhouse Diablo Valley College before mounting a comeback. Jessica Tellez scored on an assist by Pickett to get the Gauchos on the scoreboard and Novack added the game-tying goal as the Gauchos settled for a 2-2 draw. Pegg was credited with six saves.
Saddleback had to settle for a scoreless tie in the 2008 season opener against visiting Palomar on Friday (Aug. 29). Despite having a decisive advantage on shots on goal, the Gauchos couldn't put the ball past the Comets' goal keeper.