The Northwest Lady Jaguars are gearing up for a playoff run. Last year, the Jags lost in the quarterfinals of the regionals to Whitman at Wootton High School, and ended the season with a 10-6-1 record. This season, the Lady Jags are on a similar pace, and last night’s 8-1 victory over Seneca Valley improved their record to 5-2-1, with four more games remaining in the 2015 regular season.
Seneca Valley has struggled in recent years to beat Northwest. The Jags have not lost to the cross-town rivals in a least five seasons and this season was no exceptions. The Lady Eagles have a very young team, with just one senior and two juniors on the roster.
The Jags junior midfielder Samantha Sekscienski put the Jags up early in Tuesday night’s meeting, scoring on a pass from fellow junior Daniela Galvez. Northwest continued to pressure, keeping the Seneca Valley defense on their heels all game.
Northwest would score three more goals in first half. Sophomore forward Leanna Choo would find the back of the net, off an assist from junior forward Kerry Slingluff. A few minutes later junior forward Daniela Galvez would score, and Choo would take a pass from senior midfield Miren Chevenert to make the score 4-0.
Seneca Valley would get on the board with a goal from sophomore midfielder Melissa Munoz, to go into halftime down 4-1.
Despite some good saves from sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Vigezzi, the Jags were able to bring the ball past the Seneca Valley back line and get four more goals, in a relentless fifteen minutes of the second half.
Sekscienski scored her second of the game, on another assist from Galvez, who finished the game with two assists and one goal. Senior defender Brooke Wallmark got on the board to extend the lead to 6-1, off a pass from senior midfielder Andrea Rodriguez.
Rodriguez would later find the back of net for a goal of her own, thanks to Chevenert’s second assist of the game to make it 7-1 Northwest. Senior forward Kelly Miller would end the scoring with some nifty moves to get the ball past the Seneca Valley defenders and in to the net.
The young Lady Eagles continue to search for their first win of the season, while the Lady Jags improve to 5-1-1 in division play, behind 6-0 Damascus. The Jags will face some tough competition in the final two weeks of the season. On Thursday, they will travel to Sherwood to face the 8-0 Warriors. On Saturday they will travel to face 5-4 Springbrook, and end the home regular season against an unbeaten Whitman team on Wednesday night, Oct. 21. The regular season will end on the road against Black on Monday, Oct. 26.
Seneca Valley on the other hand enters perhaps the easiest part of their schedule, as they face 2-5-2 Wheaton, and two home games, the first against a Kennedy team which is also looking for its first win on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and they will end the regular season with 1-7 Watkins Mill, on Friday, Oct. 23.
Meanwhile, less than two miles away the Northwest boys soccer team played the Seneca Valley boys team. Northwest took the victory 5-2 to improve to 6-3 on the season and continue to be in the playoff hunt as the season winds to a close.
While the Screaming Eagles got on the board first, the Jags senior Henry Gomez was able to score on a pass from Suaymin Jeng to tie the game. However the winless Eagles were able to score again, and again it would be Gomez who got the equalizer, of a corner kick by Santiago Alzate.
In the second half, Gomez would compete his second hat-trick of the season on a ball from sophomore Gavin Shirley. It would be Alzate who would make the score 4-2 Jags. The scoring would end with Shirley scoring a goal off an assist by Bobby Sood. The Jaguars have a division record of 5-2, 6-3 overall, which is a close second to Damascus which is 5-1 in the division, and 6-3 overall.
Seneca Valley boys continue for search for their first win of the season and losing to Northwest, they fall to 0-8-1.
EDIT NOTE: An earlier version of this article stated that last year the Jags lost in the first round to Wootton. It has been corrected.
Top: Northwest’s senior forward Kelly Miller (6) get a shot on goal as Seneca Valley’s sophomore goalkeeper goalkeeper Stephanie Vigezzi steps up to attempt to make the stop.
Next: Lady Jags Miren Chevevert (25) and Samatha Sekschienski (9) converge on the ball, as Seneca Valley’s Alyssa Delgadillo (9) attempts to clear the ball from the Screaming Eagles third of the field.
Next: Northwest’s senior midfielder Andrea Rodriguez (17) had an assist and a goal in Tuesday night’s 8-1 victory.
Next: Seneca Valley senior Alizza Niedzielski (4) moves the ball upfield during Tuesday’s game versus Northwest.
Next: Seneca Valley’s goalkeeper Stephanie Vigezzi (1) challenges Northwest forward Kelly Miller (6) as Seneca Valley sophomore Samantha Bailey (6) defends.
Next: Northwest’s sophomore defender Mackenzie Schrantz (21) carries the ball up the sideline into Seneca Valley territory.
Next: Northwest’s senior forward Henry Gomez (10) works the ball deep near the Seneca Valley Goal, he is defended by freshman Emerson Orellana (15) and senior Jonathan Benitez (4). Gomez would have a hat trick in the 5-2 victory.
Photo by Germantown Pulse.