Girls’ soccer: Toga party for ECR in finale

first_img“In the second half we had a bit of a letdown, but we take this as a lesson and we look to continue to improve. All year long our defense has been rock solid and (Thursday) was no different.” ECR, which is unbeaten the past seven years at home, or Marine League champion San Pedro (17-6, 12-0) is expected to receive the top seed in the City playoffs when the pairings are determined Saturday at Van Nuys High. The Conquistadores are looking to add to their City record with a seventh consecutive title. Chatsworth, which played ECR to a 1-1 draw Jan. 23, finished in a second-place tie with Granada Hills (10-7-5, 6-3-1). Both schools figure to be seeded among the top six teams Saturday. ECR, which has won 26 consecutive playoff games, would be in line to play four more home games en route to the March 3 final at East L.A. College, since the higher seed in the 32-team draw is always designated as the host team. “Whether we’re No. 1 or No. 2, either way you’re going to have to come to play us,” Choi said. “Eventually you’ll have to come to ECR.” erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Toga and sophomore Sasha Scott gave their teammates the best possible present on ECR’s senior day, teaming up to complete a passing sequence that helped the Conquistadores (15-2-4, 9-0-1) extend their league unbeaten streak to 30 in a row. Scott received a ball in Chatsworth’s defensive third and switched the point of attack to the left side to Toga, who struck a 16-yard, left-footed volley off the crossbar and down across the goal line. “I was just hoping it would go in,” Toga said. “I expected a physical game, but I was mentally ready. I brought what I had.” Chatsworth (6-3-1 in league) increased its pressure in the second half, three times firing shots at ECR senior goalkeeper Ashley Menin from 20 yards, but two sailed over the goal and one hit off the crossbar. Menin denied a few other opportunities in the final 10 minutes en route to her 11th shutout. “In the first half, I thought we played really well,” said Choi, whose team increased its unbeaten streak against City opponents to 45 straight entering the postseason. What began as a celebration for the eight seniors on El Camino Real of Woodland Hills’ girls’ soccer team Thursday turned into a gala affair for junior Rebecca Toga by halftime. Toga’s goal in the 39th minute was all the offense the host Conquistadores would need in a 1-0 West Valley League victory over rival Chatsworth, which saw its winless streak against ECR reach 14 in a row since 2002. center_img “She’s only scored two goals, but she’s played well all year long,” ECR coach Eric Choi said of Toga, who also produced the Conquistadores’ lone goal in a Dec. 16 victory over Harvard-Westlake of Studio City in the Mater Dei of Santa Ana tournament. “In the past, we might have relied on one person to score a lot of goals, but now we have six or seven weapons that can hurt you.” last_img read more