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Prep soccer: Hart’s identity search

Indian girls earn first win under new head coach Justin Lundin

Posted: December 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Hart's Ally Perez, right, and McKinley Kane celebrate Perez's first goal at Hart High on Thursday. The Indians earned their first win of the season.

 

The Hart girls soccer team has spent the last eight games searching for its identity under first-year head coach Justin Lundin.

Against Arcadia High on Thursday, the Indians finally found the right formula.

Hart used an aggressive, attack-oriented offense and shut down the Apaches defensively in a 3-0 victory, the Indians’ first of the season, at Hart High School.

“We have good players and they have to get comfortable with each other,” Lundin said. “And I have to get comfortable with the players. I’m trying to see what pieces we have and trying to figure out an identity.”

That identity was evident five minutes into the second half. McKinley Kane stole the ball in the midfield and sent a through ball ahead to streaking forward Ally Perez.

Perez beat the keeper at the top of the 18-yard box and easily sent the ball into the back of the net for a 2-0 Hart lead as she and Kane celebrated all alone.

Perez got on the board again three minutes later as she took another through pass from the midfield and beat Arcadia goalkeeper Irene Rattithan for a 3-0 lead.

“Our ideas moving forward on the transition were much better,” Lundin said. “We’re lacking in some of the detail, but were much better ideas today.”

After graduating goalkeeper Ashleigh Tippet and defensive captains Kelsey Steck and Danica Morgan off last year’s Foothill League second-place team, the Indians’ defense remained sharp on Thursday.

Goalkeeper Daisy Hydar picked up her first shutout of the season, making four saves on the day.

“I’m feeling really good (in net). We’re getting stronger and stronger,” Hydar said. “Our defensemen are doing a great job taking over — it’s a difficult position to step in to, replacing our captains.”

The Apaches (0-2-1) struggled to maintain possession and pressure Hart for large chucks of the game, finding three shots on goal but failing to provide the Indians with any real threat.

“Hart played well. It was obviously frustrating on our part,” said Arcadia head coach Ryen Piszyk. “It was a really choppy game — there wasn’t too much fluidity to it.”

Hart (1-4-4) opened the game strongly, putting immediate pressure on Rattithan, who was forced to make a save in the game’s opening minutes.

The save was one of five for Rattithan on the day.

The Indians kept up the attack, though, breaking through with 21:50 remaining in the first half when Danielle Spickard kicked the ball in from inside the 6-yard box off a header into the box.

Hart returns to the field on Dec. 20 at Granada Hills in the Camino Classic at 5:30 p.m.

“We needed this one,” Lundin said. “First win of the year. To get that under our belts, we needed this one.”

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