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Prep soccer: Twelve players, 12 goals

SCCS gives rough welcome to crosstown AEA

Posted: December 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian's Sarah Holzer (14) celebrates her goal with teammates Kim Curry, left, and Gracie Gwinn on Tuesday at Reese Field at The Master's College on Tuesday.

It didn’t just come from one player, one play or one spot on the field on Tuesday afternoon when the Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer team met Albert Einstein Academy of Canyon Country in both teams’ Heritage League opener.

The Cardinals dominated the game from the start, scoring in myriad ways and overwhelming the Rockets offense with a suffocating defensive display in a 12-0 victory.

SCCS’ Lauren Gallagher started things off with a quick goal before assisting on the Cardinals’ second goal, a shot from 19 yards out by Tiffany Shroyer seven minutes into the game.

The two players were the first of 12 different goal scorers for the Cardinals (2-1 overall, 1-0 Omega League).

“We talk to the girls about playing as a team and being humble,” said SCCS head coach Matt Gale. “It helps us in the long run when we play better teams to have that kind of depth.”

The Rockets (0-2, 0-1) played defensively for most of the contest and their inexperience was evident.

AEA struggled to keep possession and advance the ball out of its midfield, and when its forwards were able to find the ball, the attack quickly fizzled.

“We have a lot of young players who have never played the game before,” said AEA head coach Donna Wood. “We’re going to practice on slowing down the game, ball control and bringing it up the field better.”

The Cardinals’ defense locked up the Rockets for 90 minutes, with AEA getting just one shot off compared to 36 for SCCS.

After Shroyer’s goal, the Cardinals scored three more in a three minute span, with Madison Utley scoring from 10 yards out, Christina Keoshian plucking the ball out of the air off a corner kick from Shroyer, and Megan Gallagher dribbling into the offensive third and beating the keeper for a 5-0 lead about 19 minutes into the first half.

Sarah Holzer, Allie Habberstad, Madeline Perrault and Lacey Lehman each added first-half goals to give SCCS a 9-0 halftime lead.

The second half played out much the same, with the Cardinals cycling in players and continuing to keep the pressure on the AEA backline.

It didn’t take long before Alyssa Karle extended the Cardinals’ lead with a shot to the lower left corner. Makenna Gale followed up with a shot up and over the keeper from inside the box to make it 11-0, and Gallagher passed up a shot to assist Gracie Gwinn for the final score about 30 minutes into the second half.

The display showed off the Cardinals’ dynamic offense as SCCS excelled both at maintaining possession as well as finding its forwards with long through balls into the attacking zone.

“It helps because we will play teams that will stack the box ... and we’ll have other teams that will play a flat-four,” Gale said. “We have to be able to adjust, and I was proud of the girls that they were able to use this game (to show that).”


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