Arlington girls soccer turns back Jurupa Valley

By in Press Enterprise on February 14, 2018

By Dennis Pope

RIVERSIDE >> Persistence is finally paying off for Arlington’s girls soccer team.

Senior Jennifer Medina forced in the game’s only goal as the Lions earned their first playoff victory in six seasons with a 1-0 shutout of Jurupa Valley on Tuesday evening in a CIF-Southern Section Division 5 wild-card round playoff game.

“We keep working and that’s how we got here,” Arlington head coach Lupe Moreno said. “We just have to stay focused and keep our eyes on the prize.”

Medina was in the middle of nearly every attack for Arlington (15-7-5 overall), which moves on to play at Hemet in a first-round game on Thursday.

“Right now I feel like we’re connecting and working as a team, working hard and communicating, and that’s important,” Medina said.

Placing third behind Riverside Poly (9-0-1) and Valley View (6-2-2) in the Inland Valley League, Arlington (5-2-3) was able to stay composed and earn its first playoff victory since 2012.

“The feeling to move on is just exciting,” Medina said. “This means a lot. This group has never won a CIF playoff game.”

Uncommitted but with an official visit to La Sierra University […]    

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