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Canyon girls soccer gets four quick ones

Canyon girls soccer scores a season-opening victory

Posted: December 1, 2009 10:26 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Canyon's Elvia Contreras (9) chases down a soccer ball Tuesday night at Canyon High. Contreras scored twice in the Cowboys' 4-1 win over Quartz Hill.

 

Last year’s Canyon girls soccer campaign culminated with at Foothill League co-championship.

If this year’s squad wants to repeat, Tuesday night’s game was a good first step.

The Cowboys got two goals from senior striker Elvia Contreras and held Quartz Hill without a shot on goal through the 50th minute, beating the Rebels 4-1 at Canyon High School in both team’s season opener.

“This year, we have the desire to work harder,” said Canyon head coach Eric White. “Last year we relied on talent more. This year we’ll rely on hard work more, which will be better in the long-run for us.”

White also said that having lost his entire starting defense, the strength currently lies with his returning offense.

Contreras, who was the team’s leading goal-scorer last season with 13 goals, provided the evidence.

The senior opened the scoring in the 16th minute off an assist from fellow returner Katie Dillon.

Dillon sent the ball across the box to Contreras, who hit the ball to the opposite corner and past the outstretched arms of Quartz Hill goalkeeper Haley Rabiej.

According to White, Canyon (1-0) had only practiced together once as a team prior to Tuesday’s matchup with the Rebels (0-1).

However, Contreras said the team pulled together quickly.

“We came off not knowing what to do, but then we picked it up during the game and started connecting as a team,” Contreras said. “We managed to finish. It was a really good game for the team.”

The Cowboys scored again in the 27th minute when junior Malaya Cabrera’s free kick ricocheted off the crossbar and into the six-yard box, where Beth Baker was waiting to head it home for the 2-0 lead.

Contreras struck again in the 31st minute, taking Cabrera’s passes up the right sideline and up and over Rabiej, who came off her line to cut the angle.

Then it was Cabrera’s turn.

In the 37th minute, senior defender Holly Gloudemans subbed into the game and immediately lofted a throw-in deep into the box.

Cabrera was right there to head the ball to the back of the net, giving the Cowboys a 4-0 lead going into halftime.

In the second half, the Rebels began to find their collective footing, registering their first shot in the 51st minute.

They made it count too.

Pushing the action deep into the Cowboys’ box, sophomore Heather Jones flicked a lateral pass to junior Kim Randall, who touched it just out of Canyon goalkeeper Kristin Grunhold’s reach to make the score 4-1.

Grunhold took over for senior Alex Krall at halftime.

Neither keeper saw very many challenges as the Cowboys’ defense, led by freshman sweeper Kristina Watanabe, largely neutralized the Quartz Hill attack.

The Rebels graduated 14 seniors from last season’s team, but Quartz Hill head coach Charles Gordon is encouraged by the direction his young team is heading.

Playing teams like Canyon will help, he said.

“We set up a preseason with a lot of the guys from the Foothill League because we wanted to get the competition to help prepare us for season and hopefully playoffs,” he said.

 

 

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