A 2-1 game after a somewhat competitive first 40 minutes turned into a dominating second-half performance by the hosts as the Oceanside girls soccer team scored three unanswered goals Friday afternoon, Sept. 5 en route to a 5-1 season-opening victory over Medomak Valley on Sam Pendleton Field.

The teams traded early first-half goals and the game appeared up for grabs before the hosts tallied a late goal in the opening half and then the Mariners settled the matter quickly in the second half with a strong all-around effort, one that put constant pressure on the Panther goal and did not allow the visitors to get the ball past midfield until 15 minutes had elapsed during the final 40 minutes.

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A beautiful late-summer afternoon was the perfect setting for the opening game between the rival Panthers and Mariners.

Oceanside was paced by two goals from Makenna Brooks and one each from Payton Billingsley, Caitlin Raye and Casey Pine. Kelsey Brooks added two assists and Casey Pine and Makenna Brooks both one for the Mariners.

Jillian Brooks actually set up the first Mariner score as she was tripped in the box six minutes into the game, which resulted in Makenna Brooks' first goal on a penalty kick.

Ashlee Wilson tallied the lone goal for the Panthers.

Kalyn Grover protected the Oceanside goal and was lonely much of the second half, while Chelsea Ripley and Nicole Obuchon played in net for Medomak Valley.

The Mariners finished with 28 shots on goal nd six corner kicks, while the Panthers had one shot and no corner kicks. Grover corralled the ball in traffic once but was not tested much, while Ripley and Obuchon combined to make 22 saves, several of the tough variety.

Makenna Brooks finished with six shots on goal, Alexis Pine and Casey Pine four and Lily McVetty and Emily Gould three for the Mariners.

The game was knotted 1-1 after 39 minutes as Makenna Brooks converted a penalty kick with 34:02 left in the opening half after Jillian Brooks was tripped in the box. Wilson then knotted the contest when she scored after breaking down the wing with 22:45 remaining.

The Mariners took a 2-1 lead, and ultimately the momentum, into halftime with a goal with one minute remaining in the first half. Billingsley broke down the middle and hit a low shot by the keeper after a nice pass from Casey Pine.

The second half was all Oceanside as the Mariners dominated and scored three unanswered goals, the first from Raye, on a beautiful cross from Makenna Brooks, with 38:04 remaining. Makenna Brooks made it 4-1 when she ripped a shot by the goalie less then three minutes later at the 35:40-mark.

Casey Pine completed the scoring with a toe poke of a ball served by Kelsey Brooks with 24:08 remaining.

The Mariners had a bundle of other good scoring chances but either could not covert or were stymied by replacement goalie Obuchon.