Freshman Siena Urzua scored four goals on Tuesday and her sister Alina Urzua added two as Bishop Diego used a big second half to rout Dunn 7-2 and claim its first win of the season in a non-league girls soccer match in Los Olivos.
The Cardinals (1-3) broke a 2-2 halftime tie with five unanswered goals in the second half.
Siena Urzua scored the game’s first goal in the 11th minute. The Earwigs tied it up in the 25th before Siena Urzua notched goal No. 2 on a beautiful through ball from her older sister, junior midfielder Alina Urzua. With five minutes to go in the first half, Dunn got the equalizer again to make it 2-2.
Alina Urzua got her second goal in the first seven minutes of the second half.
“The second half started with the Cardinals taking total and complete control over the game, stringing together a combination of beautiful sequential passing and movement all over the field which led to a stunning goal by Alina Urzua over the head of the Earwig goalkeeper,” said first-year head coach Nana Akyen. “Siena Urzua completed her hat trick shortly afterward. At that point, we started to dominate the possession and keep it in the Earwigs’ half of the field.”
Freshman Kayla Desjardins scored the next goal to make it 5-2. “Kayla is a speedy young lady who’s found herself in the starting lineup of three consecutive games,” said Akyen. “Her speed and ability to blow by players combined with her beautiful crosses from the left, provides the team with many scoring opportunities.”
Siena and Alina Urzua scored the sixth and seventh goals, respectively, giving them four and two goals on the day.
“As a coach, there is nothing that makes you more proud than seeing the desire, not just in the eyes of your players to succeed, but most importantly seeing your players support one another, push one another and giving their all to accomplish a common goal,” said Akyen. “I was very impressed with the way team captains Emma Carty and Julia Gregson led by example: running, battling and scrapping from midfield to defense, basically playing box to box and demonstrating what it takes to succeed. This is what set the tone for everyone.”
Bishop returns to action on Thursday with a 3:15 p.m. game at Thacher.