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Prep boys soccer: SCCS left unsatisfied

Two goals from forward Stratton not enough for Santa Clarita Christian in draw with Pacifica Christi

Posted: January 13, 2011 10:31 p.m.
Updated: January 13, 2011 10:31 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian striker Daniel Stratton, right, shoots past Pacifica Christian’s Matthew Cougill on Thursday at Canyon Country Park. Stratton had two goals in the game, and the Cardinals tied the Seawolves 2-2.



It was a rough start and a rough finish for Santa Clarita Christian boys soccer.

But that’s just the kind of day it was for the ailing Cardinals, who drew 2-2 with Pacifica Christian of Santa Monica Thursday at Canyon Country Park.

SCCS striker Daniel Stratton said a cold bug is going around on the team, which led to a less-than-full effort from a few players.

“Athletes always have that game where we don’t play to our (potential), and this was just one of those games,” Stratton said.

That being the case, Stratton still scored both of the team’s goals and the Cardinals (6-5-2, 1-1-1) nearly pulled off their second win in Heritage League play.

But Pacifica scored a quick goal in the first half and another with 10 minutes left to force the tie.

Twenty minutes into the second half, Stratton put SCCS up 2-1 when he dribbled the ball into the box and past Pacifica defender Jordan Lewis. He then snuck the ball into the left-center part of the goal.

A fired up SCCS team followed the goal with aggressive play and saw a few shots sail just wide or just above the frame.
Cardinals midfielder Chad Latch fired a free kick from 22 yards out and nailed the left crossbar shortly after Stratton’s goal.

Minutes later, Seawolves senior Austin Cortina took the ball off an errant deflection from just inside the 6-yard box and kicked it across the goal and into the left corner.

Pacifica (2-3-1, 0-0-1) tied it at 2-2 on Cortina’s tally with under 10 minutes remaining.

“They just flat out-hustled us,” said SCCS head coach Steve Cooper. “We played flat. We played flat most of the game.”
The Cardinals weren’t able to get much of a push for the rest of the game and couldn’t take advantage of an 11-2 shot advantage in the contest.

SCCS also had seven corner kicks compared to zero for the Seawolves, but Pacifica head coach Justin Bailey said his team’s smart play kept it in the game.

“We were affected by the size of their defenders, both the goalie and the back line, but we’re a scrappy team,” Bailey said of SCCS’s size-advantage. “I think we were a little better at connecting on some passes than they were.”

Pacifica scored its first goal in the third minute of the first half when freshman Travis Bailey fed the ball to Christopher Brislawn, who scored from around 10 yards on the right side.

The Cardinals answered in the 21st minute when Stratton received a pass from Latch near midfield and streaked down the left sideline, where he won the one-on-one battle with Pacifica goalkeeper Niccolo Carlson.

League play continues for the Cardinals on Tuesday, when they host Grace Brethren of Simi Valley at Central Park at 3:15 p.m.


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