Girls Soccer: Lowell dominates from the start to win 14th straight AAA title

Lowell junior forward Alejandra Sanchez, blows by a Lincoln defender in the AAA championship game on May 7 at Boxer Stadium. (Photo by Stephanie Trapp)

Lowell junior forward Alejandra Sanchez (left), blows by a Lincoln defender in the AAA championship game on Saturday at Boxer Stadium. (Photo by Stephanie Trapp)

By Jeremy Balan

Like it has done for the entire season, Lowell High School left no doubt which team was superior in the Academic Athletic Association girls soccer championship against Lincoln on Saturday at Boxer Stadium.

Behind four goals from standout junior forward Alejandra Sanchez, the Cardinals won 6-0 in dominating fashion, sealing an undefeated league season and their 14th consecutive AAA title.

Lowell junior midfielder Adrienne Pearce holds off a Lincoln defender in the AAA championship game on Saturday at Boxer Stadium. (Photo by Stephanie Trapp)

The win wraps up a monumental and dominant league season for Lowell (22-3), which went 18-0 and outscored opponents 100-2 in AAA play this season.

“It’s an honor and it’s extraordinarily gratifying,” said Lowell head coach Marcos Estebez. “We have expectations and are proud upholding the tradition that this program has.”

Lincoln (15-4-2) held off the Cardinals for the first 11 minutes, but it was Sanchez that put Lowell on the board in the 12th minute. On a long, accurate ball from sophomore defender Anne Corkery, Sanchez outran the Lincoln defense, then snuck the ball past Mustangs goalkeeper Angie Mendoza.

“I was hoping to have one of my best games of the season, but I got so much help from my teammates,” Sanchez said. “We knew coming into the championship that we were the team that was favored, but we came through again.”

Sanchez struck again in the 23rd minute, taking control of the ball on the left wing, just feet away from the goal line. From 10 yards out and at a challenging angle, she buried a high and hard shot into the top half of the net.

Sanchez then completed the hat trick in the 35th minute and added another goal in the 61st, on a header that she bounced into the top half of the net.

“[Her performance] was magical,” Estebez said. “She was a young woman on a mission. She saves her broadest smiles for the pitch and her beam is just a little brighter than everyone else. The ball just seems to find her, and that’s what happens to great players.”

The Cardinals’ pressure was unrelenting and they constantly controlled possession, which limited the Mustangs to no shots on goal, let alone a scoring opportunity. Lowell also took 14 corner kicks and Lincoln attempted none.

“This may get lost in all of this, but our keeper [freshman Jennifer Kallenburg] is really good,” Estebez said. “Our stoppers our tremendous though, and they stop any damage before they become emergencies.”

Not much went well for Lincoln, but with a solid core returning, the Mustangs are focusing on the future.

“We just wanted to hang with them, and we did for the first 10 minutes, but they’re just a deep team everywhere on the field,” said Lincoln coach David McPherson. “I told them after the game that the seniors on the field worked hard to get us here, but it’s up to [the underclassmen] to get us back here.”

Scoring Summary

L: 12th minute – Alejandra Sanchez
L: 23rd minute – Sanchez
L: 35th minute – Sanchez
L: 41st minute – Mikela Waldman
L: 55th minute – Adrienne Pearce
L: 61st minute – Sanchez

Photo slideshow by Stephanie Trapp

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5 Comments on "Girls Soccer: Lowell dominates from the start to win 14th straight AAA title"

  1. A beautiful win from a beautiful bunch of girls with generous spirit. What most impresses me about this group is the way they play as a team.


    • SUPER TWAN TASTIC can beat Lowell with hisSUPER TWAAN TASTIC shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. The competition in AAA this year for girl’s soccer wasn’t fierce at all. Lowell should move to BCL west to get some real competition and have more fun instead of just steamrolling every team they play. Lowell has a great bunch of talented young players who would like to see more competition.
    Even though Lowell plays private schools in non leauge games, they should be in the private school leauge. They played Tam,Bay, University,Lick and beat all of these teams. And since there is no state competition for public school girl’s soccer after the city champs, Lowell has no way to display it’s talent on a bigger stage.
    THe rest of the AAA schools might have more fun too if Lowell weren’t in the Leauge because they would be at a more equal level with their competition.

  4. I agree. There is no fun watching Lowell win by a big margin. Lincoln and the other teams are really burnt out of hearing that Lowell dominates this girls soccer league. Get them on another schedule.

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