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End of the line for two SCCS greats

The Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer team loses in the first round

Posted: February 19, 2010 10:43 p.m.
Updated: February 20, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

So desperate was Woodcrest Christian’s goalkeeper that she grabbed the leg of Santa Clarita Christian’s Kayla Gale after the Cardinals senior booted the ball toward the net late in the second half on Friday.

What would have been Gale’s 85th career goal was turned away by a Royals defender.

It also secured Woodcrest Christian’s 3-2 victory over SCCS in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VI in Riverside.

“I was so surprised I got (the shot), but of course there was a defender on the goal line,” Gale said.

The Cardinals (14-6-1) tried to recover from a 3-0 deficit and were on their way.

Gale scored off a direct kick in the game’s 53rd minute, to cut the Royals’ lead to 3-1.

Two minutes later, Joanna Masopust scored off an assist from Amanda Doty.

“There was never a doubt we could come back. We don’t give up,” Doty said.

Yet SCCS ran out of chances.

Woodcrest Christian (16-7-1) scored just 45 seconds into the game and early again in the second half.

Sandwiched in between that was a Royals goal in the 31st minute.

“Two of their goals were on quick breaks — us thinking we didn’t need to get back, thinking someone else would take care of it,” said SCCS head coach Matt Gale. “But playing a first place team, they’re first place for a reason.”

SCCS suffers two big losses to graduation in Gale, the school’s all-time leading goal scorer, and Doty, who’s No. 2 on the list with 63 goals.

“The word ‘impossible’ comes to mind,” said Matt Gale on replacing the two girls. “Before they got here, the school won three games total in its history. They’ve been to the playoffs three times in four years.”

 

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