Before we went on Thanksgiving break, the Field Hockey team was making a name for themselves as the newest “CIF CHAMPIONS.”
They entered the game seeded #1 and were fortunate to host the finals in front the Eastlake community. They beat #10 Mt. Carmel, 2-1 in the Division 2 finals.
Alesia Casillas scored 2 goals as the Titans capture the school’s first CIF banner for Field Hockey. Sportsmanship award went to senior, team captain, Marissa Garcia.
KUSI highlights – https://www.kusi.com/all-sports-report-saturday-november-17-2018/
TIME 4:23 in 5:08 end
Lastly, here’s an article from the CIF Final game:
NOTE: Alesia Casillas was named, “97.3, The Female Athlete of the Week, Presented by Lolitas.”
2018 San Diego Section
Girls Field Hockey Championships
Saturday, Nov. 17 at Eastlake High School
Open Division I: (2) Scripps Ranch 1, (4) San Pasqual 0
Division I: (3) Canyon Crest Academy 2, (1) Vista 1
Division II: (1) Eastlake 2, (10) Mt. Carmel 1
Highlights: Eastlake’s Alesia Casillas scored the opening goal in the match but Mt. Carmel’s Sarah Roach tied the score. Casillas scored what proved to be the game-winner with about seven minutes left in the game.
Eastlake girls field hockey team to play in CIF Division II title game
By Phillip Brents, CV Star News
It might be a year later than expected but the Eastlake High School girls field hockey team is finally venturing into previously uncharted territory.
The Titans, the top-seeded team in this year’s San Diego Section Division II playoffs, defeated fifth-seeded San Marcos, 2-0, in Wednesday’s semifinals to advance to Saturday’s division championship match.
Eastlake will play host to the Division II final at 11 a.m. The Titans will be out to capitalize on their first trip to the championship round when they meet 10th-seeded Mt. Carmel for the division title.
“It was great to play at home with our fans behind us,” EHS head coach Robert Blas said in regard to Wednesday’s history-making semifinal victory. “The girls are not finished yet, one more Saturday.”
The Titans also received the No. 1 seed in last year’s Division II playoffs but failed to get past the semifinals despite owning a 20-0 record at that point of the season.
The 20-1 finish obviously motivated the returners on this year’s squad.
Alesia Casillas and Taylor Tropp led Eastlake’s offensive attack in the semifinal win over the Knights (14-11-1). Casillas scored in the early moments of the match and Tropp doubled the score at the 20-minute mark on a long shot from the outside.
Goalkeeper Kailey Uribe had two saves to record the shutout win.
“A first for any field hockey team at Eastlake,” Blas proudly noted.
Eastlake (18-1) takes an unblemished 2-0 playoff record into Saturday’s championship round after blanking ninth-seeded Granite Hills, 6-0, in Monday’s quarterfinals.
Scorers include Casillas (two goals), Arianna Lorenzana (two goals), Noelle Ertzner (one goal) and Paulina Gonzalez (one goal).
Fallon Straub recorded the shutout win.
There’s not one “true” field hockey player on the Eastlake roster, but the girls now are all field hockey champions.
With a squad full of two- and three-sport athletes, the top-seeded Titans (20-1) captured the school’s first San Diego Section title in the sport by downing Mt. Carmel 2-1 in the Division II final Saturday at Eastlake High.
“All but three of our starters play soccer, the rest softball, so it brings a lot of athleticism to the team,” said Eastlake coach Robert Blas, who deploys Barcelona’s 4-3-3 soccer formation.
Of the 18 girls on the Titans’ roster, seven are three-sport athletes, while the others all play two. None of them play club field hockey.
Playing in the Barcelona formation creates width and spacing, opening up room to operate in front of the goal.
That worked to perfection as junior Alesia Casillas was able to drive home a pair of second-half scores, including the winner with just over seven minutes left to play.
“We’re so passionate in the sport and communicate so well together,” said Casillas. “I feel so amazing.”
After Casillas’ first score, scrappy Mt. Carmel freshman Sarah Roach scored on the only shot of the game by the No. 10 Sundevils (10-14), which came midway through the second half.
Farmer is a freelance writer.