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Saugus gets moving

Centurions get two goals each from Jilian Allen and Jamie Molacek

Posted: January 16, 2009 11:11 p.m.
Updated: January 17, 2009 4:56 a.m.

Saugus soccer player Shasta Fisher (1) goes up for a header next to West Ranch's Taylor Greasley Friday afternoon at West Ranch High. Saugus won the game 7-2.

 
After a loss to Valencia on Tuesday afternoon, Centurion head coach Lisa Rollo realized something important.

Her team needed to focus on moving off the ball.

They focused and moved Friday.

The Saugus girls soccer team defeated West Ranch 7-2 at West Ranch High Friday.
 
“Tuesday opened our eyes,” Rollo said. “We moved and started playing together today instead of just watching each other play.”

Just 11 minutes into the game Saugus sophomore Jillian Allen opened the scoring with a goal from about eight yards out thanks to a cross from teammate Shannon Suarez.

“It was all Shannon (Suarez),” Allen said. “It was a great cross and I was wide open for the goal.”

Saugus’ next goal came from Jamie Molacek on a free kick from the top of the goal box to make it 2-0 Centurions.

The Centurions had 13 shots on goal in the first half, but they could only find the net twice.

In the second half, it was an offensive shootout started by Suarez on a breakaway goal at the 46th minute.

The Wildcats (4-5-4, 0-2) again struggled to maintain possession and the Centurions took advantage by keeping the ball on their side of the pitch for most of the match.

Suarez took advantage early as she took the ball near the 35-yard line and drove down past the lone Wildcat defender and beat the goalie for a 3-0 Saugus lead.

Molacek added another goal in the 53rd minute, her fourth in league play, and when Allen found the net for the second time in the 57th minute, the Centurions had a firm grip on the game.

Once again, Suarez emphasized the theme of the week as the reason for the improved Saugus play.

“We were able to move a lot more today,” Suarez said. “Tuesday we were flat. Today, if we got beat we recovered and we just moved for each other.”

However, the Wildcats wouldn’t go away quietly as Amanda Dailor netted two quick goals to make it 5-2 Saugus in the 71st minute.

“In the second half we did better on offense, but they (Saugus) are fighters,” said West Ranch head coach Cami Bangasser. “Just as soon as we scored, they picked up their intensity.”

As soon as it became a three-goal game, the Centurions (9-2-3, 1-1) attacked the West Ranch defense and scored two more goals by Lauren Cech and Amanda Hill.

“We opened up for each other more in the second half,” Allen said. “We had practiced moving all week and in the second we did that and were playing as a team.”

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