Kristen Campos Qualifies for CCS in Golf; Volleyball Defeats
The physical play of North Salinas disrupted the Gilroy field hockey team’s usually fluid style of play and even earned the Mustangs a couple yellow cards.
But it didn’t cost Gilroy the game.
The Mustangs beat North Salinas Tuesday at home on Senior Day 2-0. Gilroy (13-1-2) is now 11-0 and in first place in the Mission Trail Athletic League with one league game to go, at York Tuesday.
“It was a pretty rough and physical game. There were a lot of fouls, which helped (North Salinas) ,” said co-head coach Adam Gemar. “So the flow didn’t go to our advantage because of the stoppage of plays.”
Gemar said the team’s main goal of the game was to shut out North Salinas. But the Mustangs did even better than that by not even allowing any shots on goal. On the other end, Gilroy peppered the Vikings’ goal with 17 shots.
Both of Gilroy’s goals came off short corner opportunities. In the first half, Gilroy’s original short corner shot ricocheted off the North Salinas goalie. But senior Karlie Sandoval was in front of the goal to put away the rebound.
Midway through the second half, Player of the Game Erin Magill scored on a short corner of her own. Sandoval and fellow senior Heather Link assisted her on the play.
“(Magill) had a wonderful game,” Gemar said. “Even though she was hit up a few times, she was pretty good about not retaliating.”
In addition to Sandoval and Link, goalie Brittany Simpson was the third senior honored before the game. She shut out the Vikings in the first half while in goal.
“They are true leaders,” Gemar said of the seniors. “Their character on and off the field is one of reasons they’re carrying us through (the season).”
Before York Tuesday, Gilroy will get a good pre-CCS tournament test Saturday from St. Ignatius, a perennial CCS power. That game will take place at 10am at Garcia-Elder Sports Complex.
The JV Mustangs also beat North Salinas Tuesday 2-0. The JV girls finished 10-0 in MTAL.
Campos qualifies for CCS
With a 91 at the Corral de Tierra course Monday at the TCAL girls’ golf finals, Gilroy senior Kristen Campos sealed her return trip to the Central Coast Section girls’ golf finals.
Campos beat the cutoff mark of 97 by six strokes and will compete Monday at the finals at Rancho Canada.
Robert Louis Stevenson and Santa Catalina tied for first place as a team with scores of 332. Santa Catalina ended up winning the league and will move on to be the TCAL’s representative at CCS.
Finishing behind Campos for Gilroy were Rowena Tablias (108), Annie Cockerill (115), Carla Navarro (118), Stephanie Walker (134) and Katie Kishimura (144).
“It was a pretty good year,” said Gilroy head coach Kari Williams. “Carla had a hole-in-one, everyone made a birdie in competition and Kristen qualified for CCS. The girls improved and it was a pretty good time.”
Volleyball goes 1-2
in three matches
Over the past week, the Gilroy girls’ volleyball team fell to Santa Teresa and Notre Dame, but beat North Salinas at home Wednesday, bringing its season to 6-18 overall and 3-7 in the Tri-County Athletic League.
Against North Salinas, the Mustangs won in three games, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20.
Outside Jessica Groppe continues to be a solid attacking force for the Mustangs. She was the match’s kill leader with five.
Vanessa Wilkins (3 kills, 3 down blocks), Isabelle Szucs (2 kills, 3 down blocks) and Kayla Meazell (3 kills, 3 aces) also made significant contributions to the win.
“They played really tough. They were really fired up about playing this game,” said Gilroy head coach Sue Grogan. “I’m anxious to see how they’re going to play against Salinas (Tuesday), especially with it being Senior Night.”
The team was without setter Katherine Hussey, who went down with an ankle injury against Live Oak last week. Gilroy head coach Sue Grogan said the senior tore three ligaments in her ankle and will definitely be out for the rest of volleyball season and probably the beginning of basketball season.
Filling in for Hussey was Sarah Griffis. She and Jennifer Smith had eight assists apiece.
The Salinas game, which starts at 6:30pm, is Gilroy’s last home game. The Mustangs close out the season next Thursday at Sobrato.