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Prep soccer: Cowboys are paper shredders

Canyon gets it done on the field with shutout

Posted: December 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Canyon's Michelle Hogan (25) takes the ball away from Byrrough;s Brooke Hazard (14) on Wednesday at Canyon High. Canyon's Michelle Hogan (25) takes the ball away from Byrrough;s Brooke Hazard (14) on Wednesday at Canyon High.
Canyon's Michelle Hogan (25) takes the ball away from Byrrough;s Brooke Hazard (14) on Wednesday at Canyon High.

On paper, things didn’t appear to be promising for Canyon girls soccer.

Coming off a fifth-place showing in the Foothill League in 2012, the Cowboys began the year at 0-4 under new head coach Derek Rusk and currently had only one returning all-leaguer healthy.

On paper, it appears things are misleading.

Canyon defeated a solid Burroughs of Burbank team 4-0 on Wednesday at Canyon High School and looked every bit like a team that will contend come league play this year and nothing like a winless team in the dumps.

“It is very misleading,” said Canyon sophomore Vanessa Quintero of her team’s record coming in. “These girls will turn out to be a very good team.”

Canyon (1-4) was crisp on offense, steadfast on defense and full of desire and confidence.

The Cowboys got two goals in the game from the diminutive Quintero, who hustled up and down the sidelines throughout the contest and put herself in scoring position throughout.

Canyon attacked early and got on the board 1-0 with a header from 10 yards out in the game’s 15th minute by Kelsi Howard.

Quintero made it 2-0 in the game’s 35th minute with her first score off a corner kick from Kendall Bietsch.

Burroughs head coach Eddie Garcia said his team had plenty of offensive opportunities and didn’t cash in.

He added that Canyon’s scores came on defensive breakdowns.

“I told (our players) at halftime that if I were Canyon I’d go through the right back and left back and beat them on pace,” Garcia said. “They did a better job of finishing.”

In the second half, Canyon’s defense squeezed the Indians out of opportunities.

“Defensively in the back, we have four players who play with poise and they’re not quick to dive in and they work well together,” Rusk said.

Those four players — Michelle Hogan, Celia Franco, Daniella Ginocchio and Hanna Halsted — combined with returning All-Foothill League first team goalkeeper Meghan Kennedy to shut Burroughs (3-1) out.

Canyon added its third goal in the game’s 48th minute when Brooke Moore took the ball just past midfield and fired from 25 yards out past Burroughs keeper Taylor Bailey.

In stoppage time, Quintero took a pass from Bietsch and chipped it over Bailey’s left shoulder for a 4-0 lead.

Canyon came into the game having scored in every contest, but was outscored 13-7 in those four games.

Rusk said his team was in those games, but made mistakes that eventually cost it wins.

The girls never lost confidence, though.

“I think the way we’ve been playing games we’ve dominated possession at times, we’ve outshot teams, but we’ve given up goals,” Rusk said. “The scoreboard didn’t reflect our play. The scoreboard today reflected what kind of team I think this is.”


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