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Einstein girls soccer wins first ever varsity game

Posted: January 15, 2014 10:09 p.m.
Updated: January 15, 2014 10:09 p.m.
 

Albert Einstein Academy is getting used to putting together new sports programs.

The latest one is girls soccer, which played — and won — its first varsity game in the school’s history on Wednesday against Concordia of Sylmar.

With only 12 players on the roster, which meant virtually no rest time, AEA won the game 6-1 at Concordia High.

“This year, it’s about really establishing a program and then for the future being able to take it to the next step,” said Einstein athletic director and girls soccer head coach Ken Erenberg.

This year’s team is made up of mostly sophomores and juniors with little to no previous playing experience.

Junior center midfielder Tianna Loving is the only player on the team with club experience. She scored three goals and had an assist in Wednesday’s game.

Others include midfielder Kaitlyn Dib, the team’s lone senior, and freshman goalkeeper Jacklyn Bogden, who had nine saves on Wednesday.

“We’ve got a good core group of kids,” Erenberg said.

After the school first began varsity athletics in the fall of 2012, Erenberg has been trying to get as many teams off the ground as possible.

This past fall, Einstein fielded a varsity 11-man football team for the first time.

Now, with girls soccer, the school is up to 10 CIF-sanctioned sports.

Last season, AEA featured a co-ed soccer team because there weren’t enough girls who signed up to make a separate team.

Erenberg convinced just enough girls from the school of around 250 students to volunteer this time around.

“My goal is to get as many opportunities to these kids to play multiple sports,” he said.

Since no coach was named beforehand, Erenberg stepped in to do the job, which means he’s now coaching four difference teams at the school.

He’s also the head coach of the varsity girls volleyball team and the baseball team, while also assisting for the football team.

Erenberg coached boys soccer teams to five league titles while at Montclair Prep.

He’s hoping to do the same with Einstein eventually, although the team is competing on a freelance basis this season.

AEA has a total of eight games on the schedule, five of which will be played at their home field at Rio Norte Junior High.

The home opener is today at 3:15 p.m. against Lakeview Charter.

Erenberg said he’ll still trying to schedule more games for this season.

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