The Chaparral Lady Pumas (10-3-2), under new head coach Heidi Solis, was 4-1-1 in league play on Monday and tied with Temecula Valley (17-2-2, 4-1-1) for the Southwestern League lead. The two faced off on Tuesday, February 4th for sole possession of the lead. Chaparral won 2-1 on goals by Madori Spiker and Kristina Alvarado. Alvarado was named Chaparral Player of the Game. In their last meeting (January 16 at Temecula Valley), the match ended in a 2-2 tie.
The Lady Pumas had previously allowed only five goals in league play; twelve all season, while scoring 17 goals in league and 43 overall. The Lady Pumas are led by Maegan Gibson (8 goals, 4 assists); Spiker (7 goals, 5 assists); and Jordan Sanders (6 goals, 5 assists). Junior goalie Makayla Presgrave is credited with 49 saves and eight shutouts. She had three in the win over TVHS; teammate Arianna Wesley had four.
Temecula Valley was ranked #8 in the state and #15 nationally (maxpreps.com). They had scored 83 goals while holding opponents to only seven. Previously, their only league loss – and only the second of the season — was last week to a tough Vista Murrieta team 2-1. The Golden Bears are led by freshman Christine Maurer (22 goals, 9 assists); Purdue-bound senior Nicole Roberston (11 goals, 7 assists); CSU San Bernardino-commit Payton Nicciolo (11 goals, 4 assists); Sydney Magnin (9 goals, 7 assists); and the Ziff sisters – Angela and Jourdan – who have accounted for 6 goals and 15 assists.
Chaparral travels to Great Oak (7-7-2, 2-3-1) on Thursday. Temecula Valley is on the road at Murrieta Mesa (11-4-1, 2-3-1).