MOORPARK – Westlake needed to win Wednesday at Moorpark to avoid going on the road in the opening round of the Southern Section Div. II playoffs. But the Warriors learned another frustrating lesson about how daunting the Marmonte League schedule can be, as their 1-1 tie not only eliminated them from title contention, but relegated them to a likely third-place finish despite suffering only one loss in 14 games. “I don’t remember the last time we won a game here,” said Westlake coach Frank Marino, whose team remained winless in its past four trips to Moorpark. “We can’t seem to get on this field and get a win.” Westlake’s last league road loss came last season, a 1-0 setback at Moorpark (5-4-8, 4-2-7). Since then, the Warriors (9-2-8, 7-1-6) are unbeaten in their past 10 league road matches, but Wednesday’s draw knocked Westlake into a second-place tie with Royal of Simi Valley (12-2-6, 8-1-4), which plays Friday at Thousand Oaks (17-4-4, 9-1-3) to decide the league title. Royal also holds the tiebreaker over the Warriors after snapping Westlake’s 21-game league unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory Friday. “We played seven games in (the last) week and a half and I think it caught up with us,” Marino said. “But I’m proud of the girls and I’m proud of their effort. We lost one game in league and two (overall) and now we’re getting ready for the playoffs.” Although it will enter the postseason as the league’s fourth-place team, Moorpark demonstrated that it has the potential for a successful playoff run. With Cal-bound junior Kaitlin Paletta returning to the form that earned her league defensive player of the year honors last season following a hamstring injury earlier in the season and a healthy Laura Spivack adding offensive depth, the Musketeers controlled the majority of the run play against Westlake. “They’re the No. 5 team in Div. II, so I think we proved we’re ready (for the playoffs),” said Moorpark coach Frank Paletta, whose team took the lead in the 15th minute when Ariana Martinez scored off Kaitlin Walters’ free kick. “We validated we can play.” Kylie McDonald tied the score in the 32nd minute, settling a pass from Kate Edwards near the top of the penalty box, turning on a Moorpark defender and burying a shot in the lower-right corner of the net. But the Warriors wouldn’t threaten again until midway through the second half, thanks in large part to Kaitlin Paletta controlling the back line by winning balls in the air and closing down several potential Westlake attacks. Paletta nearly gave the Musketeers the lead just before halftime when her 45-yard free kick appeared to be mishandled in the box by goalkeeper Jackie Jacobsen, but the center official ruled the Westlake netminder was knocked down in the box and disallowed the goal. “To get a tie in a game we really could’ve won, in this case I’m really happy,” Frank Paletta said. “I thought their effort was incredible.” Krystin Shanklin had her 20-yard shot hit off the crossbar in the 60th minute for Westlake, which dodged a bullet of its own 10 minutes later when Jacobsen made a diving save to prevent Karissa Lopez’s 18-yard shot from going in the lower-left corner. “They came out on senior night and played hard and it took us a while to match their intensity and effort,” Marino said. “I saw better moments toward the end, which has me encouraged about the playoffs.” [email protected] (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!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But since then, numbers have steadily dropped. State statistics show 3,302 students enrolled this school year. Meanwhile, API test scores went up. The district’s API average in 2000-01 was 688. This school year, the API average for the district is 751. Rosemead School District has always welcomed students from outside the area as a way to boost numbers, as just about every school district does, said school board president Ron Esquivel. “We’re probably going to emphasize it more,” Esquivel said. Esquivel said the school district could see a significant gain in students, but faces one problem. Each student is worth $5,000 to $7,000 a year in state dollars, making other districts with declining enrollment reluctant to release them. The district could target workers with students in overcrowded or low-performing school districts, he said. On Wednesday, the school board approved a new Web site for the district as a better marketing tool. The site would be in multiple languages. Soo Yee, 38, has two children attending school in the district. “I recommend it to my friends and relatives,” Yee said. “This school district has improved my kids a lot.” Yee moved into the school district from Malaysia. She spoke no English at the time, but in four years she became fluent thanks to an English as a Second Language program offered to parents in the district. Ultimately, the district should be able to weather the declining enrollment trend, Clark-Molina said. Enrollment moves in cycles, dipping and surging. District officials attribute the recent decline to changes in ethnic demographics. Asian families are flocking to the area and typically have smaller families. New homes in the district are also selling to smaller families, Esquivel said. Jason Kosareff can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD — In an effort to combat declining enrollment, Rosemead School District officials are turning to marketing campaign with a novel message. “People who work in Rosemead, bring your kids to our schools,” said Linda Clark-Molina, a Rosemead School District board of education member. The district wants to market its strong Academic Performance Index test scores to workers outside the area. It’s a move that could bolster four years of sagging enrollment due to demographic shifts in the district’s population. For the 2001-02 school year, the district saw 3,421 students enroll, according to the California Department of Education. That was the highest enrollment for the district in the past 12 years.