By Josh Levine
Despite a wet field and some late second-half hail, visiting Lowell High School managed two early goals in its 2-0 victory over Balboa High School on Tuesday, to remain undefeated in AAA play.
The Cardinals, without leading forward Alejandra Sanchez, controlled the game, taking 20 shots on goal. Hannah Matranga scored the first goal in the 15th minute and Annie Corkery scored in the 20th minute.
“We tried to play a defensive game against Lowell today,” said Balboa Head Coach Rocio Ramirez. “The girls came out and played their hardest. It was a tough game for me since Mr. Feibusch is retiring and this is his last game here.”
Ernst Feibusch, head coach for Lowell, is retiring after this season. Assistant coach Marcos Estebez has been running the team for Feibusch, although Feibusch still attends the games.
“We played well today,” said Estebez. “The field conditions were kind of rough, but we should be used to that when we play at Lowell. But really, we are trying new things out, and with Alejandra out we needed to try something new.”
In the 72nd minute, the Cardinals took out most of their starters and put in the substitutes, mainly to keep their starters away from injuries that could happen on the wet field.
“I was getting worried those last ten minutes,” said Estebez. “[Balboa] gave our second stringers a great effort. Coach Ramirez and the players at Balboa should be very proud of themselves.”
After the game, Ramirez and Feibusch exchanged an emotional hug.
“I’ve known Mr. Feibusch for a long time,” said Ramirez. “He has been a mentor to me and we are losing a great coach when he retires. I am sad he is leaving us here.”