Lady Chargers Have Reason for Optimism Despite Disheartening 2019 Finish

Keeping the future in perspective, a trio of freshmen led the team in goals. Marlene Ortega, Ruth Quintanilla and Nicolette Janocha had 45, 39 and 27 goals respectively. A sophomore, however, led the way with 32 assists: Andrew Corrigan. The contributions from a relatively youthful roster provide more than enough optimism heading into 2020.

The Chargers were getting help from all across the board throughout the season, but it wasn’t enough to carry them through the playoffs despite a 4-1 home record.

In 20 games, the team finished with a 12-9 overall record as well as 2-4 in conference play. After clobbering Orange Coast in the Orange Empire Conference Championships, the Chargers’ season ended with a trio of losses — two of which were at the hands of Golden West.

The way the Chargers’ season ended is a far different tune from what they were showing early on in their 2019 campaign, stringing together six consecutive wins into the month of October.

While it’s worth noting that they only played in five conference games as opposed to 15 outer-conference this season, their numbers were down in those five meetings when they needed to be at their highest. They averaged 7.80 goals per game in conference as opposed to 10.85 in their other meetings, an 86.7 shooting percentage to 135.6 and a 40.2 save percentage to 47.3.

Cypress finished fourth in the Orange Empire Conference standings, trailing the aforementioned Golden West team, Riverside and first-place Fullerton who rounded out their season with a 32-3 overall record.

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