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Saugus girls soccer gets first league win

Posted: January 28, 2014 10:33 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2014 10:33 p.m.

Saugus' Avery Schulhofer (20) attacks as Golden Valley defender Daesoeil Peterson Henry pursues at Golden Valley on Tuesday.

 

With both teams entering Tuesday’s contest at Golden Valley High School without a Foothill League win, the Saugus Centurions and Golden Valley Grizzlies girls soccer teams saw in each other an opportunity for a major breakthrough.

And this time around, it was the Centurions who seized their opportunities, riding a two-goal performance by junior Lanica Buhain to a 2-0 victory over the Grizzlies to conclude the first half of the league season.

“We’ve had a hard time scoring this season, so it was nice to see Lani get a couple here today for us,” said Saugus head coach Natalie Helgeson. “We were both 0-4, so it was easy not to overlook each other. We both wanted this win.”
As far as pacing goes, Golden Valley (8-6-2 overall, 0-5 Foothill League) came out aggressively and persistently.

Saugus spent a large portion of its time on Tuesday thwarting runs by Grizzlies forwards Courtney and Katie Ravenell and Samantha Jehnings. After a first half in which neither side produced many legitimate goal-scoring opportunities, Saugus hit Golden Valley with a body blow to begin the second half and end the scoreless deadlock.

Just over a minute after the break, Buhain controlled a feed from teammate Leah Eldridge, gathered herself, and put the ball into the lower right corner of the net to push Saugus out in front 1-0.

“Have to hand it to Saugus. They finished their chances,” said Grizzlies head coach Adam Yassaman. “They maybe had three or four scoring opportunities all game and they came away with two goals. We had three chances and came up with zero. That’s the story.”

With the Grizzlies scrambling for a last ditch attempt to even things in extra time, Buhain sealed the victory for Saugus by rocketing her second goal past Golden Valley keeper Jordan Burrow as she fell to the ground with Grizzlies defenders draped over her.

“I hope we can just see this as the starting point,” said Buhain of her team’s mentality as the Foothill League season begins its second leg on Friday. “We have really fast forwards with Leah and Avery (Schulhofer), and when we do things the right way we can beat anybody in league.”

Saugus (5-8-4, 1-4) gets its second chance at Valencia on Friday.

The Grizzlies are at a Canyon team that defeated them 5-0 to begin the Foothill season on Jan. 14. Golden Valley has scored just two goals in five league games this year.

 

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