Downey High gave league-leader Enochs a better fight than the first time their girls soccer teams met on the pitch this season, but in the end, the Eagles were too fast, too skilled and just plain too good to be denied.
With the 4-2 victory, Enochs remained undefeated and clinched its sixth consecutive Modesto Metro Conference title Thursday at the Mary Grogan Soccer Complex.
In the first game, a 6-0 Eagles victory, the Knights spent 90 percent of the game in their half of the field, according to Knights coach Daniel Ornelas.
“Our defense reduced that amount today,” said the Downey coach, whose team is still alive for one of the league’s three playoff spots. “That was the goal … to step up and make sure we made hard challenges and take advantages of our opportunities.
“But we knew coming in here that they were the powerhouse in the MMC. Our goal was to be competitive.”
For the most part, the Knights were that. But it takes more than being competitive to stop Enochs, who had 22 shots on goal to just three for Downey.
“Obviously, we got the job done but we’re not finishing like we’re used to,” said Enochs coach Josh Handley. “Maybe they were a little complacent today, or maybe I’m expecting too much. I’m not sure.”
The Eagles got on the board first midway through the first half when junior Kim Kiep headed in Jessica Jauregui’s corner kick for the first of her two goals.
“That’s was a very good ball into the box,” said Enochs coach Josh Handley. “And that was a good finish by Kim with her head.”
In the 27th minute, the Eagles made it 2-0 when Caleigh Hufana scored the first of her two. Eight minutes into the second half, Hufana got her second to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
After a long clearance by an Enochs defender got past the Knights’ back line, Hufana won a foot race to the ball. When she noticed goalie Adrianna Lopez leave her line, Hufana moved right and slipped the ball past a Downey defender and into the net.
The Knights’ Madeleine Souza scored to make it 3-1 and keep the crowd interested, but Kiep put the game away in the 70th minute with a 40-yard bomb that caught Lopez by surprise.
“In the first game, I scored a goal with my head and kicked in a long one,” said Kiep. “I was able to do the same today.
“I just thought I had the shot.”
Hannah Souza scored three minutes before the whistle, providing the game’s final margin.