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Indians make early case

Two first-half goals lift Hart over Glendora in first round

Posted: February 19, 2010 10:38 p.m.
Updated: February 20, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Hart's Kelli Goss, left, shoots against Glendora goalkeeper Brianna Rice on Friday at Hart High in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

 
The Hart girls soccer team is out to prove that it’s a contender.

On Friday afternoon the Indians took a step in that direction by beating visiting Glendora 2-1 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

“We were disappointed last year when we got knocked out of the playoffs by PKs,” said senior sweeper and team captain Megan Indermill. “This is a testament to our character, that even though we’ve had some bad games, we can win the big ones.”

Hart (17-6-3) got on the board in the 14th minute when senior midfielder Kayla Kret headed in a long throw-in by senior fullback Brittani Reddick.

Reddick did it again in the 19th minute with another throw-in that sailed into the box and landed at the feet of sophomore Kelsey Steck, who one-timed it into the left side of the goal to give the Indians a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

“We work on those plays a lot with (Reddick),” said Hart head coach Mike Gomez. “It’s the Britt-Kayla combo.”

Glendora (11-11-3) came out of the break with much more energy and started stringing together passes and making runs.

The Tartans cut Hart’s lead in half in the 50th minute, when sophomore midfielder Alexandria Wilson fed forward Amie Jepson, who put the ball in the upper left corner.

Glendora head coach Shane Bangle said that he told his team at halftime that it was “win or go home.”

“We talked about the fact that this is all we have left of our season,” Bangle said.

The Tartans also changed goalkeepers in the second half, replacing Brittney Hernandez with Brianna Rice, who came up with four saves.

On multiple occasions, Hart forward Katie Trevino beat Glendora defenders up the left side and took three shots in the second half, but they went wide right.

Her best chance came with 13 minutes left in the game when she drove a hard shot into the box, but Rice made the save.

Hart played a more defensive game in the second half, playing with just one forward and five midfielders.

The game became increasingly more physical as the end of the game, and the end of one team’s season drew closer.

Steck was shown a yellow card in the 60th minute after she and Glendora defender Megan Lockie battled for a ball.

In the 74th minute, Bangle received a yellow card after questioning the referee, who sent off one of his assistants.

Despite Hart’s defensive stance, the Indians took 16 shots in the game, while Glendora had just two.

Gomez wanted more from his team, however.

“It’s great to win with set plays, but going forward, we need more combos and runs,” he said. “I was happy toward the end of the game when we were having some nice touches and through balls.”

Hart will play the winner of Redlands East Valley and Villa Park on Wednesday.

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