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Legionnaires need seven games to exceed last year's soccer win total

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

A 2-0 victory Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Ocean View Christian High School gave Bonsall High School’s soccer team a 2-3-2 record, providing the Legionnaires with more wins in their first seven games of this season than for the entirety of last season.

“We’re continuing to build,” Bonsall coach Ennis Pipe said. “I think we’re far more competitive this year than we were last year.”

The 2022-2023 Legionnaires had a season record of 1-16 and were 1-9 in Patriot League games. Last season’s team was outscored by a cumulative 88-11 margin with five of those goals occurring in the team’s final three games and four of those goals being scored in Bonsall’s only victory.

Last year Bonsall had a combined two goals during the Legionnaires’ first five games. This season began Nov. 17, with a 2-2 tie against Borrego Springs High School at Ingold Sports Park in Fallbrook. After a 5-0 loss, Nov. 28, at home against Guajome Park Academy, the Legionnaires hosted Army-Navy Academy Nov. 30 and obtained a 5-5 tie against the Warriors.

“It was a strong performance,” Pipe said.

Bonsall’s December 2022 game at Army-Navy was a 9-0 Warriors win, and that month’s game between the two teams at Ingold Sports Park had a 5-0 score in Army-Navy’s favor.

Pacifica Christian/Orange County is in Newport Beach. Bonsall had a Dec. 5 game on the Tritons’ field. The Tritons leveraged a 3-0 halftime lead into a 3-2 triumph. Bonsall’s Dec. 7 game at Army-Navy had a 2-2 halftime score before five Warriors goals in the final 40 minutes created a 7-2 final score in Army-Navy’s favor.

The 2021-2022 Legionnaires were 6-7-2 overall and 4-1-1 in Pioneer League play. Before Bonsall’s two December 2023 games against Ocean View Christian the Feb. 4, 2022, home game against King‑Chavez Community was Bonsall’s most recent shutout win and that 8-0 contest was also the most recent time the Legionnaires scored at least six times in a game.

Bonsall’s 2023-2024 home game Dec. 8, against the Patriots was a 6-2 Legionnaires win which was Bonsall’s first victory of the season.

Current junior Tomas Sanchez, who scored twice in the February 2022 shutout win over Ocean View, scored the first goal in the Dec. 12 game. Bonsall scored once in each half, and the second-half goal by freshman Miguel Chavarin was his first in a high school game.

The goalkeeper shutout was recorded by freshman Carlos Ramirez.

“He had a couple of strong saves,” Pipe said. “He has improved significantly.”

Chavarin, who began the season as Bonsall’s center defender, played midfield Dec. 12. Jesus Jaime, Miguel Pedro Lucas, Fernando Ibarra Ponce and Luis Villagomez were the starting defenders who contributed to the shutout. Bonsall’s previous road shutout win was an 11-0 match against River Valley Jan. 27, 2022.

“We’ve had a couple of very strong results,” Pipe said. “We’re well beyond where we were last year.”


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