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Kayla Gale scores five times in blowout victory

Posted: December 17, 2009 10:44 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian senior soccer player Kayla Gale advances the ball at Reese Field Thursday against Hillcrest Granada Hills.

The Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer team was way too much for Hillcrest Christian of Granada Hills in a 12-1 Cardinals’ win at Reese Field on Thursday at The Master’s College.

Senior Kayla Gale led an impressive Cardinals’ effort on offense. Gale, who scored five goals on seven shots against the Eagles, recently committed to playing soccer at TMC next year. But she already seemed at home on TMC’s field.

Better yet for SCCS, Cardinals head coach Matt Gale said that the whole team was finally ready to start playing some of its best soccer.

“They’re all starting to click,” Matt Gale said. “Their passing has been great and they’re just breaking down the other team. And there are six or seven ladies who can just fly to the ball.”

The Cardinals ended up with multiple goals from three different players, including two from Amanda Doty, two from Joanna Masopust and Kayla Gale’s five.

Masopust, a junior striker, scored first on an unassisted goal in the game’s opening minutes to put the Cardinals up 1-0. Gale added two more goals before Hillcrest Christian would answer.

Eagles midfielder Melody Deibo found striker Alexis Aguinaga for Hillcrest’s first and only goal midway through the first half to cut SCCS’s lead to 3-1.

But it was the last time the Eagles (0-4) would even threaten a score. The Cardinals’ defense began to really open up things up for its offense, and Kayla Gale added two more, bringing her total to four goals before the break.

Masopust added her second before the half on a breakaway to make the Cardinals’ lead 6-1 at halftime.

The Cardinals began to rotate in the entire squad during the second half, and the reserves managed to keep the pressure on.

Matt Gale said the team had eight freshmen, and that contributed to “a few lumps” early in the season for the Cardinals (4-3). But the “lumps” also made the team deeper.

Megan Gallagher, Colette Blake and Olivia Gwinn all got in on the Cardinals’ scoring in the second half. Doty scored both of hers in the second half, and soon the lead was 11-1 before Kayla Gale notched her fifth.

Gale now has 74 goals in her SCCS career. Amanda Doty has 49 goals.

Kayla Gale said the team has had a bit of a learning curve this year, but everything was working like it was supposed to on Thursday.

“I think that today we were just connecting more and we were just more relaxed. We have 24 players, and at the start of the season, we had some people not sure where they were going to play,” Kayla Gale said. “But it was coming together great today. It was a great showing.”

The Cardinals play again at Pacifica Christian of Santa Monica on Jan. 5.



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