The Mira Costa Lady Ruggers finished their regular season on a spectacular note in their only home match of the season. The ladies had 3 matches, two against the very formidable Carson Colts. The Carson Colts are really the South Bay Spartans masquerading as a legitimate high school program, however, it is nothing of the sort. These girls have been playing together since age 5 and only about half the team attends Carson HS.
The first match came against the Carson A side and the match was no contest at all. The “Carson” girls are extremely skilled, athletic and physical. However the second match against the B side was tied at halftime 5-5 as the Mustangs were playing toe to toe with the Colts. Nevertheless, the Colts don’t like winning and in the second half the B side became a A and B side as sportsmanship took a hit so “Carson” could come away with a 5-27 win.
The last match of the day came against a very well coached Poway (San Diego) HS team. The 2 sides traded scores. A Mustang score came on a spectacular break by Camille Boll. Another Costa Try came thanks to a very alert play by Alyssa Boras (the first of her career) earning her the right to “shoot the boot” which she did with great hesitation but completed the age old rugby tradition nonetheless. The score tied the score at 19. With 3 minutes left in the match Ashley Brownsberger took a pass and blew past the Titan defense for a 72 meter Try and with her own conversion made it 26-19. The two sides traded possessions and on the final play of the match a Poway back picked a loose ball, avoided two Mustang tacklers to score a Try to make it 26-24. With all the pressure of the game being on the line the young lady very calmly dropped kicked the ball through the uprights to tie the match at 26 all. Despite the tie, both teams hugged and congratulated each other in a fine example of Rugby sportsmanship. The Costa girls made great strides this year and the program is on the rise!