This one had somewhat of an extra meaning to it, as they defeated Harbor Teacher Prep of Wilmington, 5-1 at the Field Of Dreams in San Pedro in a battle for sole possession of first place in the league standings. Another vintage hat trick by senior forward Nikki Bonilla was the catalyst for the Polar Bears (11-5-1 overall) to push a game ahead of the Monarchs (3-1 in league) with a 4-0 league mark.
Bonilla's game-opening first goal only came seven minutes into the game, as she broke free and sliced in a shot to the left corner of the net past Harbor Teacher Prep senior goalie Angela Diaz, who had nine saves.
Sophomore forward Melissa Rodriguez and freshman forward & goalie Daisy Garcia also scored in the first half for the Polar Bears, who will host South Region No.2 of Los Angeles on Friday in another Crosstown League game.
Andrea Aldama scored the lone goal for the Monarchs in the 72nd minute off a penalty kick to prevent from being shutout. Aldama's shot was kicked smoothly past the outstretched diving effort from Garcia, who had two saves for the Polar Bears. Junior goalie Nicole Sierra had only one save in the first half for the Polar Bears.