Yellowjackets tie up Spartans in second half to remain undefeated

Team struggles to capitalize on scoring opportunities despite dominating the ball in the second half


Annaleigha Garcia

Laura Yanez scored a goal and had an assist in Colton’s 2-2 tie against Jurupa Hills.

Colton, CA—The Colton girls soccer team had a challenging match last night against the Jurupa Hills Spartans, ending in a 2-2 tie. This game was a constant back and forth battle as the opponents seemed evenly matched. 

Jurupa Hills drew first blood, scoring the first goal, but Colton struck back quickly with a goal by senior Laura Yanez on an assist from Tiffany Abril, tying everything up at 1-1.

The remainder of the first half was all about the defense as Jurupa Hills began dominating the time of possession and aggressively attacking the net. Goalkeeper Joleena Silberman had several blocks, keeping the Spartans from finding the back of the net.

In the second half, Yanez came out strong, attacking the net with multiple shots. However, Jurupa still scored the third goal of the game, going up 2-1 on a corner kick during one of their few trips into Colton territory.

Finding themselves playing catch-up again, Colton went on the immediate attack and contained the ball in Spartan territory. Sophomore Cambria Duron scored the tying goal on a dribble drive from midfield.

Center midfielder Samara Barbosa was not satisfied with the tie. “We could have played better as a team,” she said. “We had some good moments where we were really connecting passes and taking many shots, but our downfall was a lack of communication and that we couldn’t capitalize on the chances we had.”

Colton hits the road later today for the second of a back-to-back in Riverside against Notre Dame.