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Prep girls soccer: Cards keep the heat on

SCCS finishes first half of league play undefeated with victory

Posted: January 13, 2011 10:04 p.m.
Updated: January 13, 2011 10:04 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian’s Jordan Donohoe (19) kicks between Pacifica Christian’s Kaylynn Parks (14) and Lindsey Jackson (10) Thursday at Canyon Country Park.

Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer didn’t want to get overconfident.

Two days after beating rival Milken, SCCS made sure not to look past Pacifica Christian of Santa Monica, winning 4-0 on Thursday at Canyon Country Park.

It concluded a undefeated first half of Heritage League play for the Cardinals, which also included the 2-1 victory over Milken on Tuesday.

“I think they took the team a little lightly,” said SCCS head coach Matt Gale. “But in the second half, they picked it up a little bit and we played more how we wanted to.”

The Cardinals (8-6-1, 3-0-0) did get on the board in the opening half thanks to a goal by junior Jordan Donohoe, the first of her high school career.

Megan Gallagher tallied one of her two assists on the play, sending Pacifica into the half down 1-0.

After a solid pep talk, Gale said SCCS came out with more urgency and quickly busted it wide open.

Sophomore Colyn Gackenbach scored twice within the first 15 minutes of the half to put SCCS up 3-0, and senior Joanna Masopust added a goal a few minutes later. Masopust also assisted one of Gackenbach’s goals.

The Cardinals outshot the Seawolves 39-6, but those weren’t surprising numbers given Pacifica’s defensive look.

With an extra player hanging back most of the game, it effectively created an extra defender for the Seawolves, which allowed them to contest most of SCCS’ shots.

“They can kind of squeeze the middle on us a little bit, and that can make it pretty tough on us,” Gale said.

SCCS players were firing shots off the crossbar and just past the goal, and its defensive kept the Seawolves at bay.

Sweeper Brianna Reade played a tough 80 minutes of defense and was “a mainstay in the back,” Gale said.

Freshman teammate Desirae Dodson also had assist.


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