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Islander Girls Soccer Advance in CIF Playoffs After Beating La Costa Canyon 2-0

Updated 02/19/2024

On Wednesday, February 14, the Coronado Islander girls soccer team took on La Costa Canyon (LCC) Mavericks in the first round of Div. 1 CIF playoffs. The Islanders went into the game having an overall record of 5-10-1 and LCC had a record of 6-9-1. Being relatively close in matchup, this was bound to be a good game. With that being said, the Islanders defeated LCC 2-0 thus moving on to the second round of playoffs.

Final score Islanders vs LCC

As to be expected in a CIF playoff, the game was played with a lot of aggression on each side. This caused many mistakes but also offered possibilities for each team to capitalize in a positive way. As the ball was played a great deal on the Islanders’ side in the first half, goalie Sydney Flanagan did not flinch when it came time for her to make plays. She had countless saves throughout the game, and many in crucial moments. Flanagan had to have her best night in order to beat LCC and she did just that, shutting down their offense and allowing zero goals for the night.

Goalie Sydney Flanagan

Going into the second half, the score was stuck at 0-0. However, within minutes, freshman Breck Dunn changed that. Dunn scored the first goal of the game for the Islanders which gave them momentum. Her quick ability to weave between defenders worked and put the Islanders ahead.

Breck Dunn

Now up 1-0, the Islanders took control. They kept pressure on LCC and stayed in possession of the ball, looking for a way to extend the lead. When the Islanders got an opportunity for a throw-in from close to the corner of the field, Lindsey Balsley launched the ball into the box towards the goalie. The goalie struggled to gain possession and she deflected it off her body. Sydney Dunn saw that and attacked the ball, sending it into the net, extending that lead to 2-0 with around 12 minutes left to play.

Sydney Dunn goes after the ball.

All the Islanders needed to do was keep possession and burn out the clock for the remainder of the game. They did just that and pulled off the win 2-0. 

Now moving on to the second round of playoffs; the Islanders will be facing off against Carlsbad High School at Carlsbad, at 5pm on Saturday, February 17. 

Updated Feb. 19, 2024. The Islanders beat the Carlsbad Lancers 4-3 on Feb. 17.

Graham Bower
Graham Bower
Graham Bower is a proud "Navy kid" and a student at CHS, class of 2024. He is a captain of the football team and plays multiple positions, including quarterback. Graham has always had a passion to create and share content, starting in the sixth grade making videos at the skatepark in Naples, Italy. From there, it kicked off and became a huge interest. After taking video production, digital media, and photography classes from 2018-2021, he finally got a professional camera in November of 2021.He started creating sports videos for the school and sharing them on Instagram. Since then, he has continued to create videos not only for many sports and activities, always being open to new ideas and opportunities to grow his experience. Graham plans to study film and photography and play football in college.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]

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