Progressing to quarterfinals

After winning the league for the second year in a row, Diamond Bar High School girls soccer team has made it past the second round of the CIF championships.

“I feel like we have a really good shot at going far in CIF if we stay focused and play as a team,” senior team captain Marissa Vasquez said. “We just need to play our game.”

During the first round of CIF, the Brahmas defeated Eastside 3-0 with sophomores Isabella Montelongo and Alexis Fuller and senior Madison Bernardino scoring a goal each. Montelongo also assisted a goal while senior Marissa Vasquez assisted the other two.

With a score 2-0, DBHS won against Oak Park in the second round of CIF. Bernardino and Vasquez were the scorers while Lisak and Bernardino assisted.

Today, they will be playing the quarterfinals against Chaminade Prep High School.

“Main thing I want the girls to do is be healthy for CIF,” coach Matt Franco said. “There isn’t anything special I need them to learn other than to continue to play with confidence and work together. That’s what got us to this point and we want to stick with it.”

On Jan. 30, the girls defeated Ontario, 5-3. Montelongo, Fuller and Vasquez scored one goal while Bernardino was one short of a hat trick. Freshman Janel Wilson, junior Emily Le and Bernardino assisted the goals.

In their next game, the Brahmas came out strong, winning 3-0 against Chaffey on Feb. 4. Fuller, Vasquez and Bernardino once again pulled through, with each scoring a goal. The goals were assisted by Montelongo and Fuller.

In the team’s final regular season game, on Feb. 6, Diamond Bar defeated  Don Lugo, 6-1.Vasquez and Fuller both scored two goals along with Montelongo and senior Alyssa Ramos scoring one. Vasquez, Fuller and sophomores Alina Valdez and Samantha Marcello each assisted one goal while Montelongo assisted two.

“Winning league feels like redemption from last year,” sophomore defender Shantell Luna said. “We did lose one game against Ontario [last year] and to come out as undefeated feels like we accomplished something we have been seeking for.”