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Foothill League girls soccer: Saugus runs streak to 16

Centurions double up Hart thanks to Weiner’s two goals

Posted: January 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Saugus’ Avery Schulhofer (20) and Hart’s Danica Morgan battle for possession of the ball on Friday at Hart High.

 

Angie Weiner scored two goals for the Saugus High girls soccer team and the Centurions extended their Foothill League unbeaten streak to 16 games with a 2-1 victory over Hart on Friday afternoon at Hart High School.

With her team locked in a 1-1 tie and both teams taking advantage of their defensive strengths, Weiner attacked the net and kicked the ball after it bounced off the head of teammate Jenna Mears.

Hart goalie Ashleigh Tippet leaped for the ball, but couldn’t secure it before Weiner put it in the back of the net for the eventual game-winning goal a little more than two minutes into the second half.

“It’s very important (not to fall behind because of Saugus’ defense). We have to score first and then play the type of game that they play,” said Hart head coach Mike Gomez, “which is basically keep-away.”

Leading by a goal with 15 minutes to play, the Centurions (13-2-1, 2-0-0) took advantage of their strong back line — led by senior and Texas Christian University commit Serena Smith-Banas.

“I let them sit back and play a very disciplined, long game,” said Saugus head coach  Natalie Helgeson said. “For me, the last 15 minutes was, ‘Let’s kick the ball and let them run after it.’”

That system worked well for the Centurions. Hart continually brought the ball into the attacking zone down the stretch, but struggled to get behind the Saugus defenders.

Hart — the last team to defeat Saugus in league play with a 2-1 victory on Feb. 1, 2010 — struck first in a matchup that saw long stretches dominated by defense.

“I don’t know how people can expect to see their best soccer when you have two good teams,” said Helgeson of the offensive struggles.

Hart (6-2-5, 0-1-1) took advantage of a defensive miscue when the Indians’ Danica Morgan was able to send a free kick out to the right wing for a wide-open Hailey Jenkins.

The unmarked Jenkins crossed the ball into the box, where it was saved by Saugus goalie Madi Hebert before Hart’s Kelsey Steck sent the rebound into the back of the net.

The goal gave Hart a 1-0 lead with 18 minutes remaining in the first half.

“We stayed calm,” Weiner said. “It was almost a pump-up for us. It made me mad.”

The reigning back-to-back Foothill League champions found the equalizer with six minutes remaining in the first half.

Monica Allen — known for being one of the best throwers in the league — took a throw-in and sent the ball into the box where Weiner headed the ball past Tippet.

The goal leveled the game at one goal apiece and set up Weiner’s game-winner in the second half.

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