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Prep soccer: Youth wins out

Young SCCS beats Trinity in Knights’ second varsity game

Posted: December 9, 2010 10:20 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian’s Christina Keoshian (11) battles Trinity’s Kate Howell for possession of the ball on Thursday at Central Park.

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Santa Clarita Christian may have a young team this year, but Trinity has an even younger program.

In its first season and second game as a varsity program, Trinity girls soccer has just enough players on the roster to fill out a starting lineup.

With all 11 players going the length of the game, Trinity lost 6-0 to SCCS on Thursday at Central Park.

The Cardinals (3-2) have seven sophomores on the team, including Blake, and head coach Matt Gale said they were the ones that carried the team Thursday.

“They’re playing real well because they were forced into this last year and they’ve learned a lot,” Gale said of the sophomores.

Freshman Desirae Dodson was the one who opened up the scoring for SCCS, knocking in a 13-yard shot off a cross by midfielder Olivia Gwinn early in the first half.

“We were a little rough in the beginning but we started connecting on our crosses and converting opportunities,” said SCCS forward Colette Blake, who scored two first-half goals in the match.

Dodson’s goal set off a scoring spree for the Cardinals, who kept the pressure on Trinity’s defense early and often.

Sophomore Christina Keoshian took advantage of a corner kick and fired the ball in from 5 yards out after it was deflected by a Knights player to put SCCS up 2-0.

“They were aggressive, they were physical and they won the ball in the air,” said Trinity head coach Zach Weichbrodt.
Trinity (0-2) managed just two shots on goal compared to the Cardinals’ 25.

Blake scored her goals within minutes of each other late in the second half.

The first was a header off a high, floating corner kick by Joanna Masopust, and the second was an unassisted goal on a breakaway from 15 yards out.

SCCS took a 4-0 lead into the half.

Without any players to substitute, the Knights couldn’t keep up with the Cardinals in the second half.

“It’s kind of hard at times because you can see how they’re tired, but it teaches you to dig deep, and I think we’re learning how to dig deep out there,” said Trinity goalkeeper Kaeli Massetto, who saved 16 shots in the match.

The Cardinals continued to wear down Trinity’s defense in the second half and netted two more goals.

One came on an own goal and Madison Latch launched a 25-yard strike into the lower-left corner to cap the scoring.

“It puts us a big physical disadvantage,” Weichbrodt said of the small roster. “But it gives every girl an opportunity to play and that’s great for building a program.”

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