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First League Contest Goes In Soccer Win Column
Tuning up for Trans-Valley League play with a non-conference game on the road, varsity girls soccer coach Jamie Peoples was just happy to get out with everyone healthy.

A rainy, sloppy night greeted the Lady Cougars on March 13 when they traveled to Amador and they lost a 3-1 decision.

"We played in the rain, it was miserable," admitted Peoples.

Taylor Morrow put Escalon's goal in the net on a free kick.

"It was just a beautiful goal," Peoples noted.

Logan LaRossa had eight saves for Escalon.

On Thursday, back on the home field, the varsity girls opened up with a 4-0 shutout over visiting Riverbank to start the Trans-Valley League campaign 1-0.

With windy conditions and some intermittent rain falling, the girls had the game under control, with the visiting Lady Bruins unable to get much going offensively.

For Escalon, goals came from Alana Kualapai (2), Jackie Valeriano and Carlee Vest.

"Carlee has a great shot," Peoples said of the junior, adding that she hopes to see Vest gain some confidence and take more shots when the opportunity arises.

Morrow and Sabrina Luque each had an assist, with two assists from Jaylyne Serpa.

LaRossa, getting the start in goal, didn't record an actual save, with Riverbank failing to get off any legitimate shots. One goal that did go in was disallowed due to an offside call.

Escalon built up a 3-0 lead in the first half, with one more tally in the second.

The Trans-Valley League will be one team down this season, with Modesto Christian not fielding a girls soccer team.

"They just didn't have enough girls to build one, it's sad," Peoples said.

Escalon will be at Orestimba on Thursday and then host Hughson on Tuesday, March 27 at 4 p.m.