Jackson, Oakleaf share MVP honors in all-star soccer game

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Natasha Jackson didn’t expect a goalkeeper to be recognized for her efforts. Haylie Oakleaf didn’t expect to be playing at such a high level three months removed from a serious injury to her left knee. So, it was only fitting the two standouts shared most valuable player honors Sunday at the fifth annual High Desert High School Soccer Coaches Association Senior All-Star game at Antelope Valley College. Jackson, from Vasquez of Acton, recorded 13 saves for the South team, including three stops on Oakleaf. But the Desert Christian of Lancaster striker managed to get her shot in the 72nd minute past Jackson to help the North force a 2-2 tie. “It was a blast,” said Oakleaf, a 31-goal scorer as a junior who had been sidelined since December. “It really was great being out there. I consider it an accomplishment (to be playing). I have to thank my (Desert Christian) teammates. They supported me a lot.” Oakleaf was joined on the North team by Nicole Richards and Jessica Wick, both instrumental in leading Desert Christian to its first Southern Section Div. VI title since 2003. Lancaster’s Patty Garcia, who created numerous scoring chances for the North team with her creativity in the midfield, chipped a ball into the penalty box, allowing Oakleaf to gather the pass in between two defenders a drill a shot in the upper-right corner of the net. Garcia and Lancaster teammate Jennifer Lopez both had chances to produce the winning goal in the final two minutes, but both shots drifted right of the net. Lopez tied the score in the 44th minute, burying a rebound following a shot by Quartz Hill’s Shannon Cox. Otherwise, Jackson shined in net, shutting out the North in the first half with eight saves. “I wouldn’t have even thought when I walked on the field that I would’ve won the MVP,” said Jackson, who lists Long Beach State, Princeton and Washington among her top college choices. “My defense did a great job. They were totally strong. I owe a lot of those saves to the defense.” Paraclete of Lancaster’s Merakka Augenstein, who, along with teammate Elizabeth Lambert, played March 4 in the 16th annual Senior High School All-Star game at Bell Gardens High, gave the South a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute. She assisted on a goal by Knight of Palmdale’s Analicia Chacon 10 minutes later to help the South regain the lead. “I’m glad I got the opportunity to play,” said Chacon, who, along with Breanna Benton, were the first players from Knight ever to compete in the event. “I knew quite a few of the girls (ahead of time), but it’s a fun game because you all get to know each other. (High school) went by real quick and this is the last game I’ll play in high school, so it’s closure.” Desert of Edwards’ Air Force Base goalkeeper Jacquelyn Hale recorded nine saves for the North team. Boys’ game: Paraclete’s D.J. Vigil scored twice and Highland of Palmdale’s Sharif Khatib recorded two assists to lead the South to a 4-1 victory. Highland’s Brandon Schram also scored for the South and Quartz Hill’s Brian Gardner produced the lone goal for the North. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 last_img read more