Arce, Espinoza, Gartner on first team
Village News Reporter
The post-season meeting of the Valley League girls soccer coaches provided all-league recognition for six Fallbrook High School players.
Aaliyah Arce, Panther Espinoza and Rori Gartner were placed on the Valley League first team. The second team included Gianna Alvarezâ€‘Lindenmayer, Kaylie Diaz and Abby Petersen.
â€śThey really made a difference,â€ť Fallbrook coach Nico Guerra said. â€śThey did an outstanding job.â€ť
The 2022-2023 team finished 3-0-5 in Valley League play for second place, a point behind league champion Valley Center High School and a loss in the first round of the CIF Division III playoffs gave this seasonâ€™s Warriors an overall record of 6-5-7.
Arce is a sophomore and is Fallbrookâ€™s goalkeeper.
â€śSheâ€™s a great goalie. Technically sheâ€™s really good,â€ť Guerra said. â€śShe knows the game, and I just canâ€™t wait to see her this coming season.â€ť
Espinoza is a senior and was a defender for the Warriors.
â€śIâ€™m very, very happy with Pantherâ€™s performance overall,â€ť Guerra said. â€śTechnically really good and strong.â€ť
Last year, Espinoza was a second-team Valley League selection; the 2021-2022 Warriors were fourth among the six Valley League teams and had a 4-4-2 league record along with an overall 7-8-3 mark which includes a loss in the first round of the CIF Division III playoffs. Gartner was on the 2021-2022 first team as was 2022 senior Adrianna Madrigal. Espinoza and Gartner were both on the 2020-2021 Valley League first team; that season the Warriors placed third in the league standings at 4-3-3 and were 6-6-4 overall.
This year Gartner, who plays high midfield, is a junior.
â€śShe has really good ball control,â€ť Guerra said. â€śShe can defend, she can attack, she can pass the ball.â€ť
Alvarezâ€‘Lindenmayer and Diaz are both sophomores; Alvarezâ€‘Lindenmayer played center-midfield while Diaz had center back duties. Petersen is a junior and was both a midfielder and a defender.
â€śIâ€™m very thankful and happy for the team that I have. The team stayed together until the very end,â€ť Guerra said. â€śTheyâ€™re hard working. Theyâ€™re always determined.â€ť
Due to injuries and personal circumstances, three of Fallbrookâ€™s 18 players were unavailable for the CIF playoff game at San Diego High School.
â€śThey tried so hard,â€ť Guerra said.
Although the Warriors lost the playoff game by a 3-0 score, during the regular season they only allowed 10 goals. The Warriors scored eight times during league play while opponents only scored twice.
â€śThey always communicate with each other,â€ť Guerra said.
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