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Campolindo and Miramonte battle in DFAL soccer openers

By scarney
Thursday, December 11th, 2008 at 10:30 pm in Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports.

The Campolindo and Miramonte varsity boys soccer teams each entered their DFAL opener Wednesday night at Campolindo with thoughts of defending a title. Miramonte was DFAL champion a year ago, while Campolindo won last year’s NCS 2A playoffs.

Despite a fast moving game that featured four goals, both teams went home disappointed as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Campolindo fell behind early as they lost senior captain Alika Okamitsu when he received a red card. Miramonte made it worse for the Cougars a minute later when Joe Clark opened the scoring.

Justin Chew of Campolindo tied the game on a free kick and then gave the Cougars the lead less than 10 minutes later with a high chip over Miramonte’s goalie. It looked like the Cougars would pull it off until a last minute goalie mistake by Campolindo turned into an open net shot for Miramonte’s Jordan Myers who tied the game at two with little time left on the clock.

The Campolindo and Miramonte girls varsity teams squared off at Miramonte Wednesday night where the Matadors fielded a senior-heavy roster who took home the DFAL and NCS titles last season.

The Matadors made a statement early as Kendall Pegan gave Miramonte the lead only nine minutes in, which would be all Miramonte would need. McKenna DeBack extended the lead 25 minutes in, and the Matadors held on from there, beating Campolindo 2-0.

Both Campolindo junior varsity teams won their games against Miramonte. The boys won 3-1, while the girls won 2-1.

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