Carmel Valley hockey girls win summer indoor crown

Mystic Purple: Back row (left to right): Coach Cat Villa, Coach Cindi Lou-Villa, Lauren Whitney, Gia Silahian, Jaden Watkins, Dani Jackel, Meaghan Donnelly and Coach Mike Villa. Front row (left to right): Rachel Hsieh, Gabi Jimenez, Farah Farjood and Shannon Yogerst.

Powered by seven players from Carmel Valley Middle School, the Mystic Purple field hockey team won the San Diego County summer indoor league with a hard fought 4-2 win over TTown on July 27.

Mystic went undefeated in the regular season, finishing with six wins and a single tie. Coached by Poway High School varsity head coach Cindi Lou-Villa, they went into the playoffs as the number one seed and favorite to take the title.

But the victory wasn’t easy. The girls from Tierrasanta gave them all they could handle, keeping the game even until midway through the first half when Shannon Yogerst scored on a pass from Gabi Jimenez to put Mystic on the board first. Moments later, Gia Silahian scored off a dish from Meaghan Donnelly to make it 2-0. But TTown crawled back into the game on a goal with less than a minute left until intermission.

Mystic also drew first blood in the second half when Lauren Whitney put back a rebound of a Yogerst shot off the goalie’s pads. Silahian notched her second goal of the game on a solo effort to make it 4-1. Although TTown scored again, Mystic keeper Jaden Watkins preserved the two-goal margin with a great save late in the game. Farah Farjood’s excellent defensive play and Dani Jackel’s hard work in the midfield also contributed greatly to the victory.

Mystic blazed through the regular season with impressive victories over other leading high school feeder programs including a 5-0 win over the two-time defending champion Longhorns (Rancho Buena Vista HS), 3-0 win over Flyers Green (Scripps Ranch HS), 3-0 win over TTown (Serra HS) and 9-0 win over Princess Stix (Vista HS).

For six of the Mystic girls – Donnelly, Jimenez, Silahian, Yogerst, Jackel and Farjood – the win marked the end of an incredible 8th grade season during which they won three major local championships and a silver medal at the California state cup.

Playing under three different team names (Bobcats, Falcons, Mystic) the girls amassed an overall record of 22 wins, one loss and five ties. All six of them will be playing their high school hockey at Torrey Pines starting in August.