Prep Preview: Temecula Vly @ Murrieta Vly

I’m covering the Temecula Valley-Murrieta Valley girls varsity soccer game today for The Press-Enterprise. The best part of this assignment should be watching Temecula, a team The P-E’s Mirjam Swanson told me was “the best” the reporter seen this season.

THE LOW DOWN:
The Bears (10-3-0) are looking to assert their place in the uber-competitive Southwestern League. Vista Murrieta is 10-1-0, Temecula Chaparral is 10-3-1, and Murrieta Valley is still Murrieta Valley. Offensively, it’s all about Jordan Francescon. The senior striker has 20 goals this season on top of the 22 she scored last season.

The Nighthawks (7-0-3) opened the season with four consecutive victories but have been just 3-0-3 since. Long-time Coach Harry Hutcheson will have to consider fatigue levels of his players today. Murrieta Valley is coming off a 1-0 victory over Temecula Great Oak on Monday.

STARTING XIs:
Temecula Valley
 — GK: Kat Spencer, Soph.; D: Brenna Shea, Sr.; Shelby Ricks, Sr.; Holly Sidoti, Jr.; Lulu Kutscher, Soph.; MF: Kourtney Kutscher, Sr.; Krystal Kutscher, Sr.; Jordan Magnin, Jr.; Sierra Flynn, Jr.; F: Jordan Francescon, Sr.; Rachel Witz, Jr.

Murrieta Valley — GK: Carson Dukes, Sr.; D: Kaitlyn Fregosi, Sr.; Sarah Romano, Jr.; Hayden Kelley, Jr.; MF: Peyton van der Linden, Sr.; Jamie Lewis, Sr.; Kassidy Pickett, Sr.; Carissa Hames, Sr.; F: Sarah Stead, Jr.; Cassie Elmore, Jr.; Lauren Palmer, Jr.

THE DIFFERENCE:
On paper, Temecula Valley looks much stronger going forward. Francescon appears to be having an stellar season, and the ability to combine any number of Kutscher sisters in midfield in defense must create solid communication and organization. Murrieta Valley is a perennial playoff team but this may not be their best season.
PREDICTION: Temecula Valley 3, Murrieta Valley 1

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