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Saugus scored the first goal against Canyon in league

Posted: January 23, 2009 10:07 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Saugus junior Jamie Molacek kicks past Canyon sweeper Milan Cabrera during Friday afternoon's game at Saugus High. Molacek scored the game's only goal.

 
The weather was giving everyone fits Friday afternoon at Saugus High.

Unable to predict how the ball would react to the wet surface, passes skipped around as players slid across the field.

However, the Centurions were able to overcome the elements with a 1-0 win over Canyon, controlling their passes and capitalizing on opportunities.

Junior midfielder Jamie Molacek fired a low shot past goalkeeper Alex Krall in the 37th minute.

"I knew the ball was going to skip because of the field (conditions), so I just went behind (the defender), positioned myself and finished it," Molacek said. "Every time the ball bounced, it would skip."

The goal was Molacek's sixth of the league season, and the first that Canyon had given up in league play.

She scored twice against both Valencia and West Ranch and once against Golden Valley.

"She is very smart on the ball," said Saugus head coach Lisa Rollo. "She knows when to take up space. She knows when to feed it off to somebody. She knows when to give it a through ball or flag ball. She is very aware of her surroundings. She makes smart plays all the time."

Saugus senior forward Shannon Suarez was credited with the assist on the play.

The Centurions (11-2-3, 3-1) dominated play in the first half, spreading the field, passing to the open player and moving without the ball.

"If you are not moving, you are poison and you need to come out of the game," Rollo said to her team. "In the Valencia game they found out what will happen if we don't move. We're going to get scored on four times in 20 minutes."

Canyon (11-3-3, 2-1-1) had few chances in the first 40 minutes, but came out in the second half ready to go.

The visitors had three close calls in the first five minutes of the half, but could not capitalize.

One shot was saved by Saugus keeper Bianca Lorenz. Another shot barely made it through but veered wide left and a third came off a header and was saved.

"I told them the next 40 minutes are going to be huge as far as league goes," White said. "You have a choice. You can keep playing the way you are, or you can come out and play the way we know we can."

Canyon looked like a completely different team, pushing the ball up and past the Saugus defense.

Still unable to put the ball in the back of the net, White moved senior sweeper Milan Cabrera up top to serve as another scoring threat.

It was the inability to finish that left White the most perplexed following the game.

Citing the fact that the team possesses a steadfast defense, he hopes the offense will come soon.

"You try everything in practice - shooting, fun things, you name it," White said. "You even try seeking advice from other people. Then, something all of a sudden happens in a game and the goals start coming in bunches. Honestly that is all I can hope for right now."

League action continues on Tuesday when Saugus will play Hart and Canyon hosts Valencia.


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