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Mustangs top Hawks in key EYL girls soccer contest

Dominguez scores three goals to lift TW

12:00 AM, Jan. 15, 2013 EST

Tulare Western's Anyssa Dominguez heads the ball over Mission Oak's Paloma Torres in an EYL girls soccer match Tuesday at Tulare Western. / Ron Holman

The Tulare Western and Mission Oak girls soccer teams have two of the elite strikers in Tulare County and even the entire Central Section -- and neither one is going anywhere anytime soon.

The Mustangs are led by sophomore Anyssa Dominguez, and the Hawks are led by sophomore Liz Cui.

Both players displayed their speed, athleticism and ability to score the soccer ball in a key East Yosemite League showdown on Tuesday night at the Tulare Western soccer field.

In the end, it was Dominguez who helped lift the Mustangs to a 3-2 victory to remain unbeaten in EYL play.

The Mustangs improved to 3-0 in league and 11-2-2 overall. The Hawks fell to 2-1 and 8-5-2 overall.

Dominguez got the Mustangs going early with her first goal coming in the second minute.

Trailing 2-1, Dominguez scored in the 48th minute to tie the game, and she scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 57th minute.

"She's an elite player and elite players want to be challenged," Tulare Western coach Osama Hamid said of his striker. "Mission Oak is a great team that challenged her. Great players elevate their game more when they do get challenged."

Dominguez now has 28 goals scored this season with eight of them coming in league play.

Cui helped account for both of Mission Oak's goals.

She set up teammate Malaine Ribeiro on the team's first goal with a cross in the 27th minute.

Cui then took a pass from from Andrea Gutierrez and took advantage of a one-on-one with the goalkeeper to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead in the 30th minute.

Pimentel didn't have his season stats available, but said Cui has scored at least 20 goals this season. She has eight in three league matches.

"There's not too many players in the Valley that can keep up with her speed," Mission Oak coach John Pimentel said about Cui. "She's a good ball handler and one of the best strikers in the Valley."

Even though the Hawks had just come up short in a game against a crosstown rival, Pimentel was pleased with his team's performance. The game went back and forth with the game-winning goal being scored on a penalty kick.

"We were a little tense in the first five minutes," Pimentel said.

"Other than that, I told the girls to hold their head up high. It was a tough game. We have another tough one against Tulare Union coming up. Like I said before, it is going to be about who who shows up, who gets a little luck and who's healthy."

The Hawks host Tulare Union at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Mustangs will look to keep their winning ways going with a road game at Monache.

"We like our record to be 1-0 after every game," Hamid said. "The game we're playing is always the one we're concerned about. I'm proud of my girls. Mission Oak is a great team. We have come to respect them a lot."




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