Yellowjackets soccer dominates Chaffey for first win of the season

Tiffany Abril leads the attack as three players score goals and the offense controls time of possession


Annaleigha Garcia

Tiffany Abril scores a goal to open the second half against Chaffey. Fun fact: Chaffey’s goalie is one of Abril’s teammates from a club team.

Colton CA—This year’s girl soccer season kicked off with a bang. 

Facing off against Chaffey High School, the Lady Yellowjackets took their first win of the season with a score of 3-1. 

Tiffany Abril led Colton on offense with 1 goal, 1 assist, and 10 shots on goal. Her aggression fueled a dominant Colton attack. Adelyn Moreno and Sandra Covarrubias also scored one goal each.

Colton controlled the match from start to finish, with the exception coming at the 30 minute mark of the first half when Chaffey kicked a perfect shot into the top right corner of the net just out of reach of goaltender Joleena Silberman. It was one of only 3 shots Chaffey would take all game.

After that wake up call, Colton’s offense kicked it into high gear. Adelyn Moreno scored in the 34th minute on an impressive run, dribbling the ball all the way from the 40 yard line and straight into the net.

In the second half, Colton continued to control time of possession, leaving their defense with little to do. Abril scored her goal in the 5th minute of the second half on a free kick to put Colton up 2-1. Sandra Covarrubias quickly followed in the 9th minute, when she scored on an impressive cross from Abril, who made an outstanding run down the line for the cross that let Covarrubias tap the ball into the net for the 3-1 advantage.

Abril was especially excited by her goal and assist in the second half because it was against a former teammate of hers. “What really motivated me to score was because I was going against my club team goalie,” she said, referring to Chaffey goalkeeper Michelle Garcia, who she playfully picked on after scoring in the second half.

Before the game, head coach Manny Flores was concerned about the upcoming season. Currently several key players, including star forward Anna Bailey, are out with injury, which he felt would have an impact on the team’s offensive production. In scrimmages, they had only managed to score on set plays. However, he was excited about what he saw from his team in against Chaffey.

“I liked the movement of the ball,” said Flores. “I like moving the ball from the outside to the back to the inside. We created a lot of opportunities with possession, and I think that’s the key: holding possession. I was pleased with three goals. There were many more we should have had.”

The 1-0 Lady Yellowjackets soccer team will play its next game on Thursday at La Sierra High School in Riverside.