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Scorpions play hard on soccer pitch

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Bailey Hernandez of the Camarillo High girls’ soccer team dribbles the ball at a recent practice. © Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers
It’s crunch time for the Camarillo High girls’ soccer team.

The Scorpions have had an inconsistent season, but qualifying for the postseason is still a high possibility.

“We have to start picking it up,” said Camarillo head coach Chris Lawler before her team played Pacifica on Thursday. “It starts with Pacifica, and we need to continue playing at a high level for the rest of the season.”

Pacifica is the frontrunner to win the Pacific View League championship. Thursday’s results were not available at press time.

The Scorpions, 4-6-3 overall and 1-1-2 in league entering Thursday, are fighting with Oxnard, Rio Mesa and Hueneme for second place.

Camarillo settled for a scoreless draw against Rio Mesa last week. The Scorpions tied Hueneme 2-2 on Monday.

“I think we have a strong team,” junior forward Sirena Seymour said. “Our main challenge is against Pacifica. Oxnard also has a solid team. We are capable of beating every team in the league. The teams in the Pacific View League are tough.”

The Scorpions last won a league title in 2007. They’ve advanced to the second round of the playoffs for two straight seasons.

Seymour, a junior, is a savvy forward with a lethal shot.

She plays the striker position like a seasoned veteran, but it’s her first season at forward.

“Coach Lawler needed a forward so I stepped up,” said Seymour, who suited up at defender last season. “She wanted to use my speed up front.

“It’s a big difference from defender, but I don’t mind scoring goals. It’s fun getting many opportunities to score.”

Seymour plays center back for the Camarillo Eagles club.

Before her freshman year, Seymour had three knee surgeries and was forced to miss the season.

Seymour said she felt pain in her knees as a sophomore, but it hasn’t been an issue this season.

Senior Janessa Ontiveros and freshman Sara Rodriguez are topnotch forwards for Camarillo.

Junior center midfielder Brenna Belnick is a third-year varsity standout.

“Since joining the team I’ve had many highs and lows,” Belnick said. “It’s all about confidence. Being confident will get you through the season. I have improved a lot as a player. My coaches and teammates are all great.”

Lawler, now in her 15th season at Camarillo, said she plans on coaching four more years before retiring.

“Coaching never gets tiring,” she said. “It’s refreshing. Coaching is my passion, and it reenergizes me.”

Senior Angela Turner, a Rio Mesa transfer, is an outstanding defender. Turner was forced to miss the first 30 days of the season due to section transfer rules.

Junior Megan Najera filled the void during Turner’s absence.

Sophomore Sara Downey, a Scorpion tennis standout, is the team’s most improved player, according to Lawler.

Alexis McVicker, a junior, starts at goalkeeper. Brook Parry plays valuable minutes in front of the net. The junior played volleyball for Camarillo.

Taeylr Finfrock, Bailey Hernandez, Meghan O’Connell, Alexis Bramwell, Melissa Bell, Francesca Dellalibera, Reyna Garcia, Angelique Cabral, Sophie Bales, Jackie Fiacco, Kat Bustard and Glenda Quintero contribute for Camarillo.

“We have a solid balance of veteran and younger players,” Lawler said.

“If everyone plays together and are on the same page on game day, we’ll be fine. We’re tired of making it to the first or second round of the playoffs. We want to make it to the semifinals or better.”

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