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Back...in the Quarterfinals

Posted: February 21, 2008 2:23 a.m.
Updated: April 23, 2008 5:04 a.m.

Hart High's Allison Carivau (18) watches as her shot slips past Quartz Hill goalkeeper Charity Blanton to give the Indians a 1-0 lead Wednesday in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

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After going nearly two full games - more than 145 minutes of action - without a goal against Quartz Hill, the Hart High girls soccer team finally broke through.

With 15 minutes remaining Wednesday in a scoreless second-round CIF-Southern Section Division II playoff game at Hart, Allison Carivau scored off a Sarina Coutin free kick and less than five minutes later, Coutin added an insurance goal of her own as the Indians won 2-0.

For the second year in a row, the Indians, Division II semifinalists a season ago, have reached a quarterfinal. They will play Agoura Friday in the final round of eight.

Coutin, who notched both her 62nd assist and 26th goal in her 27th game of the season, led the Indians there despite hobbling through a painful back injury. Quartz Hill, which controlled possession for most of the game, made the mistake of giving the scoring machine two free kicks.

"Even if she's at 50 percent, she gives you 100 percent," said Hart head coach Louis Romero. "She makes up for everybody else and can takes over control of the game."

With only one healthy subsitute by the end of the game, the Indians desperately needed Coutin to play through a back pain, which she admitted afterward, was intense.

"She kept telling me, 'One more minute, one more minute,'" Romero said. "Somehow she got through 80."

And somehow she contributed to two goals.

Quartz Hill hadn't given up multiple goals in a game since playing Valencia in a preseason game, ironically on the same Hart campus during Hart's annual tournament.

In a December matchup against Hart (18-4-5), the Golden League champs played Hart to a scoreless tie.

Wednesday's game appeared headed for a similar result.

Despite four corner kicks, Quartz Hill (18-5-1) was unable to capitalize on its first-half chances against Hart freshman goalkeeper Kayce Perkins. The Indians were sloppy on their own offensive possessions, with only one good chance in the first half - a Coutin shot sent wide.

She made up for it in the 65th minute.

Taking a free kick from 20 yards away, she fired a shot past a wall of defenders and off of keeper Charity Blanton.

Carivau was right there for the rebound.

"I saw the wall and they had a pretty good one set up, some really tall girls," Coutin said. "So I kicked it around them.

I wasn't even aiming it. I just nailed it as hard as I could and made sure that if she did get her hands on the ball, at least it was going to be too hard for her to catch it."

Moments later the senior forward, who had been in a chiropractor's office just 30 minutes prior to the start of the game, provided the Quartz Hill backbreaker.

From 30 yards out, Coutin bent a perfect kick over the outstretched arm of the Rebels' netminder Blantonn, for the 104th score of her career and breathing room for the Indians.

"That was a sweet one," she said. "We needed that. We're the kind of team, let's be honest, when we give up a goal a lot of the time we give up another one right after it, so I didn't feel like the lead was safe with just one goal."

But Quartz Hill never did find the back of the net.

Perkins, who has started every one of Hart's games this season, pitched her second-straight Rebels shutout.

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