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Golden Valley soccer: The pain of the process

Golden Valley still in recovery mode from difficult last season

Posted: December 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley’s Joanna Lagunas (6) heads the ball as Alemany’s Amber Edemann approaches on Thursday at Golden Valley High School.

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The Golden Valley girls soccer team is trying to turn things around after finishing in last place in the Foothill League last season.

On Thursday afternoon at Golden Valley High, the turnaround process remained slow, but the Grizzlies showed promise in a 2-0 loss to Alemany High.

Golden Valley (1-2) played a defensive-minded match throughout the first half, focusing on winning the ball in the midfield and taking chances when they presented themselves.

Unfortunately, it was in the midfield where Alemany (4-0) took advantage of a defensive error and found an open Jazmin Delia who rocketed the ball from 26 feet out to the top right corner of the goal to give the Warriors an 1-0 lead in the first half.

“(The mistake) was on the midfield. Don’t let the other teams get close to us,” said Golden Valley head coach Charles Martinez. “It’s the responsibility of the midfield to come up and block their shots.”

In the second half, the Grizzlies decided to take more chances, moving Lauren Bermudez up from her defensive position in an attempt to earn more scoring opportunities.

Golden Valley’s best opportunity to get on the board came with just 12 minutes left when Adriana Pedroza sent a shot toward the top-left corner before goalkeeper Adela Lopez leaped and deflected the ball out of harms way with her right hand.

Outside of those opportunities, the Grizzlies struggled to move the ball into the attacking zone, with Alemany’s backline continually clearing balls before any harm could be done.

“Their centerback really got the ball out a lot,” Bermudez said. “I think in the first half we were trying to sit back and play out the game, but we did a good job in the second half.”

Alemany added its second goal about 10 minutes into the second half when Andrea Lugo sent a direct-kick cross into the box where Carissa Martine waited to send the ball into the lower-right corner of the net and a 2-0 lead.

“They could have done better,” said Alemany head coach Gus Garrido. “We looked to be more offensive. They got the job done.”

For Golden Valley, despite the loss, the group continues to try to rebuild and improve with each game.

“These games help us a lot to see where we stand going to league,” Martinez said.”They understand there are ups and downs.”

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