Torrey Pines put up a spirited fight but eventually fell 2-1 to defending champs Scripps Ranch in the CIF San Diego Section championship game on Saturday afternoon. At the start of the season, nobody picked either of these teams to make the final. But both of them managed to squeak out semifinal wins over superior opponents to face each other for all the marbles.
The coastal Falcons and the landlocked Falcons had faced each other twice already this season, head coach Katy Moyneur's Torrey Pines team taking the first game in overtime and Scripps Ranch winning the second in strokes. And once again is was a close affair, the momentum shifting back and forth throughout the 60 minutes of play.
Torrey got off to a fast start, earning two short corners in the first five minutes, neither of which resulted in goals. No doubt boosted by playng on their home field, Scripps took over after that, firing off several shots on goal that were blocked by Torrey keeper Grace Trupe and a flurry of short corners. It was on the fifth corner that they finally scored, Kelsey Dejesus dishing to fellow senior Mary Shelton for a quick flick that put Scripps up 1-0 with about 12 minutes to play until halftime.
But the Falcons came right back Just three minutes later, on a short corner, Shannon Yogerst tipped in a pass from fellow sophomore Gabi Jimenez to tie the game at 1-1. Scripps fought their way to three more corners before intermission, but a foot foul, a Trupe save and a Jimenez clear thwarted all three scoring attempts.
Scripps continued to pressure the Falcons defense early in the second half. But Torrey's defense held tight. Madison Cohen turned away a shot with a stick save, Farah Farjood ended another Scripps threat when she cleared the ball out of the bounds, and Trupe made another great save. Torrey nearly took the lead on a brilliant counterattack that started with Jimenez stealing the ball at midfield. She sent a long pass up the middle of the field to senior forward Mackenzie Pope in the Scripps circle. Charging out of the box, the Scripps goalie crashed into Pope, knocking the ball lose. It rolled to Yogerst near the top of the circle, who got off a rocket shot on the empty goal that looked like it was going in . . . until a Scripps defender made a lunging stick save to send it wide left.
But then the momentum shifted again, Scripps driving deep into the Torrey zone. Trupe blocked two shots in quick succession, the latter leading to a Scripps long corner. Taking the corner, Dejesus sent a hard pass right across the front of the Torrey cage. The ball hit a Torrey defender in the foot, the referee raised her arm for a short corner but didn't blow the whistle, waiting see who got possession. Scripps sophomore Christie Hansen pounced on the loose ball, knocking it into the lower right-hand corner of the Falcons cage to give Scripps a 2-1 lead with around 10 minutes to play.
Torrey tried its best to even the score in the closing minutes. And they had their chances. The Falcons' sixth short corner of the game was thwarted by a foot foul. With around five minutes left, Alie Zimmer intercepted a pass in the infield and dished off to Meaghan Donnelly streaking up the right side. But the Scripps defense closed in and shut her down. Inside two minutes, Torrey earned one last long corner. But Zimmer's pass into the circle was deflected out of bounds.
And suddenly the season was over. The Falcons may not have won the big prize, but they went further than anyone (including themselves) would have predicted, snatching the Palomar League title from favored Canyon Crest, upsetting favored San Pasqual in the semis and clawing their way into the championship game versus Scripps Ranch.
CIF championship photos by Anna Scipone -- http://www.scippix.com/Torrey-Pines-Field-Hockey-2013/CIF-Championship-TP-vs-Scripps
CIF championship photos by Steve Kent -- Post Game Ceremony
KUSI television report on CIF title game -- Torrey Pines vs Scripps Ranch
Game Notes: Falcon seniors Alie Zimmer and Argerey Stapakis were named to the San Diego All-County Field Hockey Team announced after the game . . . Stapakis also received the CIF Sportsmanship Award . . . Both Torrey Pines and Scripps Ranch started five sophomores in the championship game, setting up a rivalry that will no doubt last for years to come . . . Grace Trupe made seven saves in goal for the Falcons . . . Shannon Yogerst got off three shots on goal for the Falcons, followed by Alie Zimmer (2), Gabi Jimenez (2) and Mackenzie Pope (1) . . . Scripps Ranch had 12 short corners; Torrey Pines had seven.
Falcons Soar Into CIF Final
Meaghan Donnelly tipped in a pass from Shannon Yogerst with less than five minutes to play to give Torrey Pines a 1-0 semifinal victory over San Pasqual and a trip to the CIF San Diego Sdection field hockey championship game on Saturday. The Falcons will face defending champs Scripps Ranch, which beat Rancho Buena Vista 1-0 in the other semifinal game. Tipoff is schedule for 1 PM on Saturday in the Scripps Ranch stadium.
On an afternoon that features torrential rain and intense rainbows, it was the Falcons who ended up with gold rather than the host Eagles. No. 2 seeded San Pasqual went into the match as slight favorites over third-seeded Torrey. From the opening moments the game was a contrast in two very different styles of hockey -- the big, bad Eagles against the gutsy little Falcons. One team physical, confident and blessed with excellent technical skills; the other one smaller, faster and more determined in the closing minutes.
The Eagles started fast, attacking into the Torrey zone and earning three short corners in quick succession. A defensive stop thwarted the first one while Falcons keeper Grace Trupe -- playing one of her best games of the year -- knocked the other shots away. The Eagles squandered two more corners during the rain that drenched the closing minutes of the first half and the Falcons went into intermission feeling awfully lucky they weren't several goals in the hole. But often that's all it takes to turn a game around.
Rather than a team that had no shots on goal and zero corners in the first half, the Falcons took the field after halftime with growing confidence. And what seemed like fresh legs. Because they began to outrun the Eagles. Alie Zimmer stole the ball at midfield and sprinted 40 yards into the Eagles zone to draw a long corner. Shannon Yogerst raced 60 yards to beat a San Pasqual defender to the ball in the back corner. Callie Petrey-Juarez took another breakaway deep into the heart of the Eagles zone before she was run down by two defenders. Suddenly San Pasqual looked vulnerable . . . and Torrey Pines the team with more raw determination.
At the other end of the field, Trupe continued her goalkeepng gymnastics, making a kick save on an Eagles fast-break shot and using her pads to reject a quick flick right in front of the cage. Luck came into play too -- the Eagles inabiility to get their stick on a pass the dribbled right across the Torrey goal line. And conditioning came into play. Running out gas, the Eagles started to make mistakes, knocking shots wide right and wide left rather than on goal. And then inadvertently hitting the ball out of bonds on a pass-back to a defender.
It was that last play that started the Falcons scoring drive. Taking the out-of-bounds ball around the 40 yards line, Torrey worked it up the left sideline. Mackenzie Pope battled and beat an Eagles defender for the ball in the left corner. She flicked it along the endline to Yogerst, who twirled and passed to Donnelly charging in from the top of the circle. In a spilt second Torrey Pines suddenly winning a game that by all accounts that should have been out of already. A tense five minutes of defense followed, San Pasqual furiously attacking into the Falcons circle. But with everyone back, Torrey managed to clear the ball every time and earn their most improbable victory of the season.
Game Notes: Torrey Pines had only two shots on goal and zero corners . . . neither team earned a short corner in the second half . . . the Falcons last appearance in the CIF championship game was 2010 when they lost to Scripps Ranch in strokes after double overtime ended in a tie . . . Torrey and Scripps split their two games this season, the Falcons take the first game 1-0 in overtime at Falcons Stadium and losing in strokes in the championship game of the Serra Tournament . . . both Torrey Pines and Scripps Ranch have teams dominated by talented seniors and upstart sophomores.
KUSI television report on CIF semifinal game -- Torrey Pines vs San Pasqual
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Feisty Falcons Down Fallbrook
Sammy Cirino scored off the rebound of a Mackenzie Pope shot with four minutes to play to give Torrey Pines a nail-biting 1-0 win over Fallbrook in a CIF quarterfinals game at Falcons Stadium on Tuesday night. The Falcons advance to a CIF semifinal game on Thursday at San Pasqual, a 3-0 winner over Westview in another Elite Eight game.
The Falcons dominated much of the first half against Fallbrook, but didn't get that many good looks at the goal thanks to a stingy Warriors defense and a lack of calls inside the circle despite the very physical play. In fact, Torrey had just one short corner during the whole opening frame. The Fallbrook keeper mananged to get her pads on hard shots by Alie Zimmer and Shannon Yogerst. At the other end of the field, Madison Cohen single handedly shut down a Warriors four-on-two fastbreak and Grace Trupe blocked the only serious Fallbrook shot of the first half.
Torrey ramped up the offensive pressure after halftime, drawing a flurry of corners and gradually wearing down the Fallbrook defense. Finally getting their passing game in order, the Falcons created numerous scoring chances: Zimmer hit the left post with a rocket shot, while Cohen and Gabi Jimenez just missed on tip-ins. Meanwhile the Torrey defense -- Cohen, Argery Stapakis, Farah Farjood and Meaghan Donnelly -- was smothering the Fallbrook attack with one of their best performances of the season.
All of that hard work finally paid off in the closing minutes. Mackenzie Pope got her stick on a long cross from the right side, a shot that blooped off the goalie's pads and right in front of Cirino, who slammed it into the left side of the Warriors cage. Fallbrook finally put the goal in the Falcons cage off a short corner with no time left on the clock, but the ball was too high and the goal disallowed by the ref.
Fallbrook photos by Anna Scipone -- http://www.scippix.com/Torrey-Pines-Field-Hockey-2013/FH-CIF-QF-TP-vs-Fallbrook-11
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Torrey Takes Palomar Title
Torrey Pines capured the Palomar League championship outright on Wednesday afternoon with a resounding 3-0 win over Westview. How appropriate that on Senior Night all three Falcons goals were scored by seniors -- Madison Cohen, Madi Coughlin and Alie Zimmer. Another senior -- Grace Trupe -- got the win and the shutout in goal.
It wasn't nearly as easy as the last time the Falcons played the Wolverines. This time it was Westview that came out smoking, nearly taking the lead in the first two minutes on a shot that hit the left post. But Torrey settled down after that and within minutes had taken the lead themselves, as Cohen knocked in the ball from a scrum in front of the Wolverine cage after a short corner. The Falcons upped the margin to two goals shortly before halftime when Coughlin tipped in a rocket shot from Zimmer at the top of the circle. The Wolverines finally broke out around midway through the second half, a flurry of attacks and at least one great shot that Trupe knocked away with a great safe. Zimmer made it 3-0 in the closing minutes on a brilliant backhand reverse.
Game Notes: Torrey Pines earned 15 corners to 7 for Westview . . . the Falcons last won Palomar in 2010 when the team went 10-0 in league.
Westview varsity and JV photos by Anna Scipone -- http://www.scippix.com/Torrey-Pines-Field-Hockey-2013/FH-Senior-Night-11-13-13
The JV Falcons beat the little Wolverines 2-0 to finish off an excellent Palomar League campaign.
Falcons senior forward Madi Coughlin muscled in the deciding goal off a penalty corner early in the second half to give Torrey Pines a dramatic 1-0 win over Canyon Crest Academy on Friday afternoon. The result knocked the Ravens out of first place in the Palomar League and assured the Falcons at least a tie for the league title. A victory over Westview next Wednesday would give Torrey Pines the league championship out right.
If the Falcons last game against the Ravens was like an Edgar Allen Poe nightmare, this game was a text book example of how to turn things around and beat an opponent that seemed to have your number. CCA had defeated Torrey Pines three straight times going into Friday's match. including a decisive 3-0 win last month. But those who attended on Friday saw a much improved Falcons team on offense and defense and vastly different outcome. The "deer in the headlights" Falcons were gone, replaced by a team determined to upset both the Ravens and those who predicted they wouldn't beat Canyon Crest again until next year when the talented Ravens seniors are long gone from high school playing fields.
From the opening whistle the game was physical, fast and high energy. It was a back and forth affair, both teams deftly moving the ball up and down the field and into scoring position, only to be thwarted by tough defensive play. The stats show how evenly matched it was. Torrey Pines earned 10 short corners to CCA's nine. The Falcons had six shots on goal to five for the Ravens.
Senior co-captain Alie Zimmer and sophomore forward Shannon Yogerst contributed the bulk of Torrey's scoring chances, with three and two shots on goal respectively. But it was Coughlin's only shot of the game -- off a pass from senior co-captain Madison Cohen -- that proved the difference. In the Falcons cage, senior Grace Trupe chalked up another shutout with five saves.
The Falcons junior varsity also made amends for last month, tying their Ravens counterparts 0-0 in a game that was abondoned due to darkness (and a lack of lights at CCA's brand new field).
CCA varsity photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Falcons-at-CCA
Palomar League Standings
Torrey Burns Sundevils 8-0
Gabi Jimenez and Sam Miller scored twice each in leading Torrey Pines to an 8-0 win over Mt Carmel in a Palomar League game on Wednesday afternoon. Six different Falcons scored in an offensive blitz that saw Torrey outshoot the visitors 20 to nothing.
But it did take the Falcons a while to get going. Callie Petrey-Juarez and Jimenez notched the only goals of the first half, as Torrey took a slim 2-0 lead into the locker-room. But then the flood gates opened. Shannon Yogerst scored early in the second half to make it three-nothing, Sammy Cirino and Madi Coughlin added goals of their own, Jimenez scored again stretching the margin to six, and then Miller slammed home the first and second goals of her Torrey Pines career to round out the scoring. Grace Trupe earned the shutout in goal without having to make a single save,
Falcons Race for the Cure
Members of the Torrey Pines varsity and JV field hockey teams participated in the 17th annual San Diego Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure on November 3rd in Balboa Park. Left to right in the photo: Kim Hansen, Farah Farjood, Alayna Tomlinson, Alie Zimmer, Gia Silahian, Shannon Yogerst, Gabrielle Enriquez, Gaby LeRose, Jaden Watkins, Brynn Froelich and Michelle Buhai.
Torrey Bucks Broncos 4-0
Mackenzie Pope and Meaghen Donnelly scored their first varsity goals as Torrey Pines trounced Rancho Bernardo 4-0 in a Palomar League game on the road in RB. It was another dominating performance by the Falcons, who outshot the Falcons 20-3.
Sophomore forward Shannon Yogerst scored what turned out to be the winning goal with seven minutes left in the first half as she blasted a pass from Gabi Jimenez into the Bronco cage. Pope scored seven minutes into the second half and Donnelley increased the lead to three with 16 minutes left to play on another dish from Jimenez. Senior middy Alie Zimmer capped off the Torrey scoring with a late goal.
Game Notes: Grace Trupe made three saves and went the distance in goal . . . Torrey Pines chalked up 14 short corners to none for RB.
RB varsity photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Falcons-at-RB
Falcons Trample Poway's Pasture
Madison Cohen scored on a backdoor play in overtime to give Torrey Pines a 2-1 overtime victory over a gutsy Poway team on Wednesday afternoon. After getting blasted by the Falcons in their league opener, the Titans were determined to make a better showing at home. And they did, starting with the switch of surfaces from Poway’s stadium turf to a patchy grass field at the back of the school. But the grass only proved a partial equalizer. What Poway failed to take into consideration is the fact that Torrey is undefeated on grass this season, including an upset win over No. 1 ranked Serra.
The Falcons dominated the first half with repeated attacks into the Titan's circle that created multiple short corners and shots on goal. But the uneven surface and a series of great saves by the Poway keeper kept the Titans in the game. Poway capitalized on one of their rare ventures into the Falcons zone, scoring with 4:14 left until intermission to grab the lead. The Falcons pulled even with 12:13 remaining in regulation, as sophomore middy Sammy Cirino scored off a penalty corner. Cohen’s game winner in overtime also came on a short corner, as she tipped in a shot from Alie Zimmer at the top of the circle.
Game notes: Torrey Pines had 18 short corners to zero for Poway and outshot the Titans 18-4. . . The Falcons high-scoring sophomores led the offensive blitz with Cirino and Shannon Yogerst contributing five shots each, and Gabi Jimenez getting off three . . . Grace Trupe made four saves to earn the victory and shutout in goal.
Poway varsity photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Falcons-at-Poway
Torrey Tames Wolverines
Torrey Pines rebounded from its midweek loss with an impressive 4-0 win over Westview on Friday afternoon, a victory that propelled the Falcons into a three-way tie for the Palomar League lead with Westview and Canyon Crest.
This was a completely different Falcons team to 48 hours earlier, attacking with confidence from first whistle to the last and never letting up on the pressure. Senior Madi Coughlin and sophomores Gabi Jimenez and Shannon Yogerst applied the early pressure with a battery of shots and charges into the Wolvervine circle that drew 11 short corners in the first half. It was Coughlin who netted the first goal, on a feed up the middle from Jimenez. Minutes later, soph middy Sammy Cirino extended the lead on a shot into the upper left-hand corner of the cage off a pass from senior co-captain Alie Zimmer.
Torrey made it 3-0 early in the second half, as Zimmer slammed the ball into the Westview cage on the Falcons' 12th corner of the game. The final Torrey score came on a fast break with about 10 minutes to play as Cirino pushed a perfect pass to frosh forward Callie Petrey-Juarez wide open in front of the Wolverine cage. Westview made a late push, but a couple of blocks by senior keeper Grace Trupe and a terrific defensive save by soph defender Rylie Pope preserved another shutout for the Falcons. Kudos also to senior co-captain Madison Cohen, and soph defenders Farah Farjood and Meaghan Donnelly for holding the high-powered Wolverine offense scoreless during this critical league game.
The JV Falcons also rebounded from their only league loss with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the junior Wolverines.
Ravens Rip Falcons in Palomar Showdown
No. 7 ranked Canyon Crest Academy, the CIF Division II runner-up the past two seasons, defeated No. 4 ranked Torrey Pines 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon in a Palomar League showdown at Falcons Stadium. The result means the Ravens and Falcons are now tied (with identical 3-1 records) for second place in the league. Torrey Pines faces first place Westview on Friday at 3:15 pm, a game that will determine if the Wolverines stay in first place or drop into a three-way tie with CCA and Torrey.
The JV Falcons lost 0-2 to the JV Ravens in a showdown of the top two junior varsity teams in the Palomar League.
San Diego Section Rankings
Others: La Jolla (II) 12-5-1; Bishop’s (II) 15-4-1; Valley Center (II) 8-7-2; Cathedral Catholic (II) 11-9; Hilltop (I) 10-5-1.
Torrey Scorches Sundevils
Torrey Pines beat Mt Carmel 6-0 on Friday afternoon on the road on Rancho Penasquitos, a victory that kept the Falcons tied with Westview (and one game ahead of CCA) at the top of the Palomar League standings. In one of the best team efforts of the season, eight different Falcons collected scoring points and 12 different players got off shots as the visitors clicked into high gear against the Sundevils.
The Falcons scored on their very first short corner, Argerey Stapakis passing to Madison Cohen on the back post. Goals from Dani Jackel (off a Gabi Jimenez pass) and Callie Petrey-Juarez (off another Stapakis dish) made it 3-0 Torrey at the half. Right after intermission Shannon Yogerst scored two goals in less than three minutes, both of them off excellent feeds from Alie Zimmer. Madi Coughlin finished off the Falcon scoring with a solo effort about halfway through the second frame.
The JV Falcons defeated their Sundevil counterparts by the same 6-0 margin, as they also stayed a top the Palomar League junior varsity standings with three wins and zero losses.
Game Notes: The Falcons outshot the Sundevils 28-0 and earned nine corners to one for the home team . . .Grace Trupe earened another shutout in goal for Torrey Pines.
Mt Carmel varsity photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Falcons-at-Mount-Carmel
Falcons Fly Past Broncos
The Falcons scored on their very first corner, Zimmer slamming the ball into the cage on an insert from Madison Cohen less than two minutes into the game. Zimmer scored again 83 seconds later on a solo effort up the middle of the RB circle. Yogerst made it three-nothing with around eight minutes left in the first half as she slanted the rebound of a Gabi Jimenez shot into the upper left-hand corner of the Bronco cage. Torrey had 10 short corners in the second half but failed to extend the margin. Rancho Bernardo didn't get anything going on offense until the final minutes when they got off three shots against Falcons keeper Grace Trupe, who earned the shutout.
The JV Falcons bested the Broncos 6-0.
Game Notes: In other Palomar League games yesterday, CCA beat Poway 3-0 and Westview slipped past Mt Carmel 1-0 . . . The Falcons take on Mt Carmel tomorrow (Friday) on the road in PQ.
RB varsity photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/RB-v-Falcons-at-TP
Torrey Moves to 4th in Rankings
Torrey Pines has moved up one place (to No. 4) in the latest San Diego CIF Section field hockey rankings -- thanks to Vista's overtime victory over Fallbrook last week. The biggest mover of the week is Westview, which soared to No. 6 on the strength of the Wolverines' upset win at Canyon Crest on Friday. Three of the top eight teams are now from the Palomar League.
San Diego Section Field Hockey
1, Scripps Ranch (Division I) 10-2;
Others: La Jolla (II) 10-5-1; Cathedral Catholic (II) 10-8; Bishop’s (II) 8-4-1; Valley Center (II) 7-6-2; Hilltop (I) 9-5-1.
Torrey Takes Down Titans
Torey Pines kicked off its 2013 Palomar League season in fine form on Friday afternoon with a 5-1 over visiting Poway. The Falcons outshot the Titans 23 to 2 and earned 14 corners to just 2 as the Torrey offense kicked into high gear for the second time this week.
Shannon Yogerst opened the scoring in the 13th minute on a dish from Gabi Jimenez. Poway's keeper thwarted a number of other Torrey shots and the Falcons went into intermission with a slim one goal lead. But like they have so many times this season, the Falcons shifted into warp speed in the second half. Madi Coughlin made it 2-0 on a fast break pass from Yogerst. The Titans struck back, snatching a goal on a deflection off the foot of a Falcons defender that blooped up and over Grace Trupe's outstretched arms. That gave Poway a huge momentum boost. But Torrey quickly snuffed out the threat when Yogerst threaded a pass up the middle of the Titan defense to Alie Zimmer for the third Falcons score. Sammy Cirino expanded the margin to three goals on a beautful pass by Clare Young across the Poway goalmouth. Zimmer finished off the scoring when she slammed in a rebound off a Titan defender's foot with just minutes remaining till the final whistle.
The JV Falcons also won their league opener, 1-0 over the Titans.
Poway varsity photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Poway-v-Falcons-at-TP
Falcons Float Past Nighthawks
On a very rainy afternoon at Falcons Stadium, Torrey Pines beat Del Norte 7-0. Madison Cohen scored on a short corner in the first minute and that opened the floodgates for one of the Falcons best offensive shows of the season so far. Madi Coughlin popped in two goals while Sammy Cirino, Dani Jackel and Alie Zimmer notched one each. Freshman forward Callie Petrey-Juarez scored the first goal of her varsity career when she tipped in a shot by sophomore Gaby LeRose (who collected her first varsity assist) to finish off Torrey scoring in the second half. Zimmer had two assists, Gabi Jiminez and Shannon Yogerst one each. Grace Trupe and Katie Gitre shared the shutout in goal, with Trupe saving the only Del Norte shot of the entire game. The Falcoms outshot the Nighthawks 18-4 and earned 13 corners versus five for the visitors from 4S Ranch.
The JV Falcons also won, besting the Nighthawks 2-0.
Del Norte varsity photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Del-Norte-v-Falcons-at-TP
San Diego Section Field Hockey
Others: Cathedral Catholic (II) 9-8; La Costa Canyon (II) 4-6; Bishop’s (II) 10-5; Point Loma (II) 5-4; Valley Center (II) 6-5-2; Poway (I) 8-7; Hilltop (I) 7-4-1.
Longhorns Slip Past Falcons in Strokes
It was a strange game on a strange night that was once again decided not so much on what happened on the field of play but rather what the referees decided (or did not decide). At the end of play, No. 5 ranked Rancho Buena Vista had defeated No. 2 ranked Torrey Pines in strokes after regulation and overtime ended in a 1-1 tie. But it was so much more than that.
Depleated by illness and injury, Torrey went into the game without one of its top defenders and two of its leading scorers. Many were expected the Longhorns to stamped past the undermanned Falcons. But the game didn't play out the way. Showing more grit than maybe they have all season, the Falcons attacked over and over again. They dominated time of possession, hade far more shots on goal and earned 14 short corners to just two for visiting RBV.
But as it has in several other crucial games this season, the ultimate outcome came down to referee conferences at the top of the circle to discuss and decide the previous play. The first controversial play came around 13 minutes into the first half when a Longhorn defender cleared the ball out of the RBV zone with a shoulder-high ball that sailed through a group of players.The Falcons came to a screeching halt, figuring it was an obvious highball call. But there was no whisle. The ball ended up around midfield, where an RBV forward scooped it up, juked around the last Torrey defender and got off a shot that beat Falcons keeper Grace Trupe.
The ball was bottled up at the RBV end of the field for most of the second half. The Falcons finally tied the game on a pass from Alie Zimmer to Sammy Cirino with 6:52 to play in regulation. Torrey Pines also dominated overtime, earning six short corners to none for the Longhorns. On the first these the RBV keeper appeared to trap the ball beneath her body. Torrey was award another corner, but no penalty stroke. On the follow-up corner, Torrey middy Gaby Jimenez got off a shot that appeared to be the RBV keeper. The video show Longhorn goalie half inside the cage, her head turned backwards as she looks at what is presumably the ball. The Falcons jumped into the air in celebration of what they thought was a golden goal victory. But by the time the refs were in place to see what was happening, the RBV goal has pulled the ball back across the line. Can't blame her -- she was doing what it takes to win (or rather not lose) in this case. The refs conferred at the top of the circle again. And once again the call went against Torrey. No goal.
The Falcons went into the strokes session emotionally deflated and physically spent. RBV put four strokes into the cage, to just one (Farah Farjood) for Torrey Pines. And the Falcons were left with another bitter defeat that was decided not so much on how they played but referee interpretations of what happened on the field. Torrey has been impacted both ways this season -- both winning and losing games decided by controversial calls. Winning games in which they clearly did not domnate and losing games they clearly domnated. So maybe last night was a case of what goes around, comes around. But it would be nice if more games could be decided by good field hockey rather than confabs at the top of the circle.
Game Notes: Clare Young sparkled in the midfield against RVB, one of the main reasons the Falcons dominated time of possession . . . defenders Argerey Stapakis, Farah Farjood, Meaghan Donnelly and Rylie Pope did a fantastic job on the backline last night, holding the Longhorns to just two corners and only one shot on goal before strokes . . . All four Torrey defeats have come against teams ranked in the curent top six. The Falcons' record against teams ranked in the Top 10 is sevens wins against four losses.
The JV Falcons put up a spirited fight but dropped their game 0-2 to the visiting Longhorns.
RBV varsity photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/RBV-v-Falcons-at-TP
Photos by JV Team Dinner by Jeremy Hansen -- TPHS JV Field Hockey Dinner @ The Hansens
San Diego Section Field Hockey
Others: La Costa Canyon (II) 2-6; La Jolla (II) 9-3; Poway (I) 7-6; Valley Center (II) 6-4-2; Point Loma (II) 5-3; Hilltop (I) 6-4-1; Bishop’s (II) 6-4-1.
Torrey Takes Silver At Serra
On one of the best days for Torrey Pines field hockey in years, the Falcons upset No. 1 Serra on their home field and took second in the Serra Tournament via a hard-fought strokes loss to Scripps Ranch.
The Falcons started the day with a resounding 5-1 win over Vista as senior Alie Zimmer and sophomore Shannon Yogerst scored two goals each. The Panthers went on the attack early, Falcons senior keeper Grace Trupe making two great saves to keep the score tied. Torrey broke the deadlock with around 10 minutes left in the first half on a fast break that saw Madi Coughlin dish off to Zimmer for the score. Coughlin added another assist at the start of the second half, feeding Yogerst with a pass in front of the Vista cage. But Vista fought back, notching a goal of their own three minutes later off a short corner. Zimmer scored on a short corner about 15 minutes into the half and Yogerst made it 4-1 when she batted down a waist-high ball and pounded it past the Panther goalie. Sammy Cirino rounded off the Falcon scoring with yet another assist from Coughlin.
Top-ranked Serra got off to an early 1-0 lead in the semifinal against Torrey, scoring on a counterattack through the middle of the Falcons defence. The Conquistadors continued to dominate through the rest of the first half, but couldn't find the back of the cage. After intermission the momentum started to shift on Torrey's favor as the Falcons earned a string of short corners and Trupe made several spectacular saves to keep the game within range. The last of those short corners paid off, a sophomore combo that found the ball moving from Gabi Jimenez to Shannon Yogerst to Sammy Cirino for the goal that tied the game at 1-1 with less than two minutes to play. In the sudden death that followed, Jimenez, Yogerst, Madison Cohen, Farah Farjood and Alie Zimmer all hit teir strokes to send Torrey through to the championship game.
The final against Scripps Ranch was an intense back and forth affair that saw both teams dominating at times and fading at others after three hours of intense hockey. The Falcons were much improved over their last meeting with No. 3 Scripps, when the visitors from Tierrasanta were unlucky not to come away with the win. This time around both time of possession and shots on goal were a lot more even, neither team able to muster enough energy to grab any lasting momentum. Both Falcon goalies had terrific games: Katie Gitre in the first half and Grace Trupe in the second. Both of the goals in regulation came on short corners late in the first half. Scripps took the lead wth about 13 minutes to play until intermission. The Falcons responded seven minutes later as Madison Cohen knocked in the rebound of a Gabi Jiminez shot. The second half was a slugfest between two exhausted teams. It wasn't pretty hockey, but there were moments of brilliance -- Farah Farjood making a great defensive save on a Scripps corner and Torrey nearly taking the lead on a counterattack fastbreak, Shannon Yogerst slipping a pass to Clare Young whose shot just missed wide left. Rather than play a 10-minute overtime, the two coaches decided to go straight to strokes. The Falcons weren't nearly as crisp their shootout with Serra earlier in the day: Scripps hit its first three strokes, Torrey missed its first three and the trophy went to the defending CIF champs.
Still, the Falcons seemed more than pleased with their silver medal. They had gone further in the Serra Tourney than anyone (including themselves) had expected and knocked off four Top 10 teams along the way including No. 1 Serra.
Game Notes: Torrey blazed through the tournament with a record of five wins and only on loss. The Falcons outscored their opponents 21-3 . . . The second place was the highest Torrey has finished in the annual tournament since 2004.
Union Tribune story on Serra
Tourney championship game --
trophy stays with Scripps Ranch
Serra tourney photos weekend two by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Varsity-Tournament-Weekend-2
San Diego Section field hockey rankings (Sept 24):
Serra Slips Past Torrey in Top Three Showdown
In a battle of the No. 1 and No. 3 teams in San Diego County, Serra beat Torrey Pines 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon in a nail-biter on the road in Tierrasanta. The Falcons gave the top-ranked and undefeated Conquistadors all they could handle on their home turf, dominating long stretches of the game and earning more corners than the talented Qs.
Both teams had their chances in a very evenly played first half. The only score came with about 10 minutes left until intermission when Serra earned a short corner on a five-yard call against a Torrey defender. Serra came out smoking at the start of the second half, earning a flurry of corners. Falcons senior keeper Grace Trupe rejected several great Conquistador shots, but Serra eventually scored their second goal on a long rebound of a goalie stop about eight minutes into the half. Torrey answered with three short corners of their own, but couldn't score. With 13 minutes to play, Serra extended their lead to three with another short corner goal on a trick play.
The game seemed over at the point, with Serra cruising to an easy victory. But the gutsy Falcons wouldn't quit. Mounting a spirited attack, Torrey drew two consequtive short corners. The first one was thwarted by a Serra foul. On the follow-up corner. Sophomore Gabi Jimenez sent a rocket shot into the circle. The Serra keeper stopped the shot, but sophomore Shannon Yogerst was able to control the rebound. She faked right and passed across the goal mouth to freshman Callie Petrey-Juarez who tipped the ball to Madison Cohen on the back post for Torrey's first goal.
Less than a minute later, senior Alie Zimmer drew another corner when she was fouled taking the ball into the circle. Cohen inserted to Zimmer, who dished off to Jimenez for a blazing shot into the upper left-hand corner of the Serra cage. Suddenly it was a one-goal game and all of the momentum in Torrey's favor. The final nine minutes was exciting, all-out hockey from both sides. Trupe made two great saves on late Serra shots. But the Falcons could not get the equalizer.
The JV Falcons dropped a 0-6 decision to their Serra counterparts.
Serra varsity photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Falcons-v-Serra-at-Serra
Serra JV photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/JV-Falcons-v-Serra-at-Serra
Torrey Breezes Through Serra Pool Play
Torrey Pines went undefeated and easily won its pool at the first round of the Serra Tournament. Playing in Pool D, the Falcons beat Mira Mesa 10-0, Cathedral 1-0 and LCC 2-0 to book their ticket to the championship round. Even though the seniors provided the bulk of the scoring, it was a day on which the Falcons' talented sophomore class finally came into their own -- Dani Jackel recorded her first varsity goal, Gabi Jimenez perfected her reverse chip, Sammy Cirino morphed into a scoring machine, Shannon Yogerst proved incredibly adept at drawing short corners, Farah Farjood and Rylie Pope showed that underclassmen can also play awesome defense, and Katie Gitre continued to sparkle in goal.
Torrey Pines 10 Mira Mesa 0
Torrey Pines 1, Cathedral Catholic
Torrey Pines 2, La Costa Canyon
TP Falconer story on the first
round of the Serra Tourney --
Hockey Wins Three
Serra tourney photos weekend one by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Serra-Varsity-Tournament
Union Tribune Features Alie
Warriors End Torrey Win Streak
Fallbrook scored with ten seconds left in the game to give the Warriors a 2-1 victory over Torrey Pines. For the third time in four games, the refs played a major role in deciding whether or not something was a goal, and this time the call went against the Falcons as they lost their first game of the 2013 season.
Torrey Pines dominated ball control and had Fallbrook pinned in its own half for much of the game. The Falcons grabbed an early lead when Madison Cohen tipped in a Madi Coughlin pass about five minutes into the game. The Warriors tied it up on a short corner about 10 minutes into the second half. After a Torrey time out, the Falcons went on the attack again. Alie Zimmer, Argerey Stapakis and Shannon Yogerst got off good shots in the final 20 minutes that were either turned away by the Warriors keeper or just missed to right or left.
With the clock winding down, Fallbrook earned one last short corner. The initial shot was shoulder high and sailed through a group of three or four players before Falcons goalie Katie Gitre slapped it away. The rebound pinballed around the circle before the Warriors got off a second shot that hit the back of the cage. A moment of hesitation followed, players from both teams looking around at the refs to see what they would call. And when one of them finally signaled goal, the Torrey players protested, claiming the ball had entered the cage via a hole in the side of the netting. The two refs huddled at the top of the circle and discussed the matter for several minutes before once again signaling that the goal was good.
The JV Falcons lost 1-0 to the Fallbrook.
JV Wins Three Out of Four at Serra
The Torrey Pines Junior Varsity team won three out of its four games at the Serra JV Tournament on Saturday. The Falcons beat Cathedral 1-0, Mira Mesa 2-0 and Otay Ranch 2-0 before falling to Fallbrook 2-0 in the playoff bracket.
JV tournament photos by Jeremey Hansen -- http://www.hansenshideaway.com/pictures/tpfh/2013_Serra_JV_FH_Tournament/
Torrey Downs LCC in Overtime Thriller
Junior midfielder Clare Young scored two minutes into overtime to give Torrey Pines a nail-biting 2-1 win over archrival La Costa Canyon on the road in Carlsbad yesterday. It was a tail of two halves, the Falcons dominating the first 30 minutes and the Mavericks largely controlling the second half in a scrappy game that could have gone either way during regulation. Overtime was another matter all together. Much as they had against Scripps three days earlier, the Falcons shined in 7v7, going on the attack at once and creating several scoring opportunities.
All of the scoring in regulation came in the first and last minute. Torrey took an early lead on a short corner play, Madison Cohen scoring from the back post on a perfect pass from Alie Zimmer. The Falcons nearly scored again on another short corner 18 minutes in. They had another good chance on yet another corner right before the halftime whistle, a shot that went wide left. At the other end of the field Grace Trupe trned away the Maverick's only two shots of the first half.
LCC was a totally different team in the second half. Battling hard in the midfield and beating Torrey to nearly every ball, the Mavs went on the attack and had the Falcons pinned deep in their own zone for much of the period. Katie Gitre mad several spectacular saves to preserve the Falcons lead, but with so many chances it seemed just a matter of time before LCC scored. They appeared to tie the game with around five minutes to play, but the whistle had already blown for a short corner and the goal was nullified by the refs. In the final minute of regulation, the Mavs found the back of the cage again on a rebound off a dangerous high ball that nearly hit several Torrey defenders. The two refs conferred again -- and decided not to call a foul against LCC -- before signaling that the goal was good and the game tied.
The overtime was brief and totally dominated by Torrey. Zimmer got off an early shot that was blocked by the Maverick keeper. LCC tried to counterattack, but the Falcons stole the ball back at midfield and mounted a fast break that produced a Meaghan Donnelly shot on goal. Second later, Zimmer sent a pass from the right side of the circle to a wide open Young (in front of the cage) who zinged the winning shot past the LCC goalie.
The JV Falcons lost 1-0 to their Maverick counterparts.
LCC game photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Falcons-v-LCC-at-LCC
Falcons Claw Panthers for Third Straight
Sophomore midfielder Sammi Cirino scored twice in the first half to lead Torrey Pines to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Vista Panthers on Wednesday afternoon, the Falcons' third straight victory to start the 2013 season. Given Vista's tradition for tough defense and great goalies, everyone expected a close, low-scoring affair as Panther-Falcon games almost always are.
But Torrey was in attack mode from the start, drawing several quick short corners. They finally scored on a counterattack about 13 minutes into the game. Charging into the circle, Alie Zimmer sent a pinpoint pass to a wide open Cirino on the left post. The Falcons continued to rack up the short corners, scoring again in the 20th minute when Cirino knocked the rebound of a Gabi Jimenez shot into the back of the cage. The offensive blitz continued in the second half, a flurry of corners and shots by Zimmer, Clare Young and Shannon Yogerst that just missed. At the other end of the field, the Torrey back line of Madison Cohen Argerey Stapakis and Farah Farjood was holding the Panthers to a single shot on goal. The Falcons picked up their third goal and final score around halfway through the second frame, as Cohen tipped in a rocket shot by Jimenez off a short corner.
The JV Falcons dropped a 2-0 decision to the junior Panthers.
Game notes: The three-goal margin was Torrey's widest over Vista since a 4-0 win in 2007 . . . Torrey chalked up 16 corners to 6 for Vista . . . Grace Trupe and Katie Gitre shared the shutout in goal, with Gitre turning away the only Panther shot on goal.
Vista game photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Vista-v-Falcons-at-TP
Torrey Tops Scripps in OT Thriller
Senior midfielder Alie Zimmer scored five minutes into overtime and sophomore keeper Katie Gitre turned away 11 shot on goal as Torrey Pines beat defending CIF champion Scripps Ranch 1-0 this afternoon at Falcons Stadium. The win was sweet revenge for last year’s overtime loss to Scripps during the regular season and ended Torrey’s six-game losing streak against San Diego’s other Falcons stretching back to the fall of 2009.
Torrey got off to a quick start, earning two corners in the first three minutes. But the tide quickly changed in favor of Scripps, which took control of the midfield and kept play bottled up in Torrey’s end of the field for much of the first half. The visitors racked up nine straight corners. But a combination of Gitre’s goalkeeping, Madison Cohen’s solid defense and a little luck kept the game scoreless going into intermission.
It looked like Scripps was going to pick up right where they left off at the start of the second half. But several key events changed the flow of the game. Scripps was slapped with a green card (five yards) and had to play a man down for several minutes, during which Torrey mounted its first serious threat since early in the game. The Falcons didn’t score, but it gave them the confidence they had so lacked in the first half. Not long after, Gitre made a brilliant save on a breakaway by three unmarked Scripps players. Then came the real turning point: a controversial penalty stroke with about five minutes to play that Gitre also turned away. With just seconds left in regulation, Scripps hit the right post on another shot. And the game went into overtime.
The ball basically stayed in the midfield during the opening minutes of extra time, neither team getting off a shot or serious offensive threat. But around five minutes in, Zimmer found an opening and took the ball up the left side on a breakaway. A Scripps defender eventually caught up and interfered with Zimmer. On the ensuing short corner, Clare Young flicked a pass across the top of the circle to Zimmer, who got off a rocket shot on the café. A diving Scripps defender got her stick on the ball, which popped into the air and over the keeper’s head for the game’s only goal.
The JV Falcons played hard but eventually gave up a pair of second-half goals and lost to Scripps Ranch 2-0 in the warm-up game.
Scripps game photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Scripps-Ranch-V-Falcons-at-TP
Falcons Trounce Mustangs in Season Opener
Torrey Pines kicked off the 2013 field hockey season in fine style by trouncing Otay Ranch High School 8-0 on the road in Chula Vista. Five different Falcons scored in the offensive explosion – the most goals Torrey has scored in a game and the widest margin of victory since 2008 when the Falcons last won CIF. The flurry of goals was even more impressive given that the game was played on grass (much of it thick and uneven).
Otay Ranch started off on the attack, but the Falcons quickly turned the momentum in their own favor. Shannon Yogerst notched the game first goal off a nice flick pass from Gabi Jimenez about eight minutes into the first half. Five minutes later, Clare Young scored off a dish from Madison Cohen after a short corner to make it 2-0. Alie Zimmer tallied Torrey’s third goal off a looping pass from Yogerst and then added the fourth on a penalty stroke after a Mustang defender whacked the Falcon midfielder across the back with her stick and got ejected.
With the Mustangs playing a person down the entire second half (due to the ejection), the Falcons offensive show continued. Madi Coughlin scored off a Cohen assist on a short corner. Cohen then snatched her own goal on a pass from Jimenez shot. Yogerst scored her second goal on a rebound off the Otay keeper’s pads that she chipped into the upper left-hand side of the cage. And then Coughlin scored her second by deflecting a Zimmer rocket into the goal.
The JV Falcons beat their Otay counterparts 1-0 on a goal by sophomore Debbie Choi.
Game Notes: Senior keeper Grace Trupe and sophomore goalie Katie Gitre shared the shutout; Trupe stopped three Otay shots in the first half but the Mustangs did not get off a single shot (on goal or otherwise) in the second frame . . . next up for Torrey Pines is defending CIF Division One champion Scripps Ranch, who beat the Falcons twice last year (5-0 and 3-2 in OT). Scripps visits Falcons Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Otay game photos by Holly Coughlin -- http://thecoughlins.smugmug.com/Otay-Ranch-v-Falcons
Serra Scrimmage Photos
Holly Coughlin's photos of last week's varsity scrimmage against Serra are now available on SmugMug
Torrey Pines - California's Top Girls Sports Program for 2012-13
For the second time in three years, the Falcons get the nod in this category on the strength of winning five CIF San Diego Section crowns and one CIF state title. The state title came in golf, the five section titles in golf, tennis, volleyball, softball and swimming.
Read the full story at TP
is named the #1 school for Girls Sports in CA!
2013 Junior Varsity
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