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Prep soccer roundup: Hart gets its result

Indians sweep first day of tourney; Canyon goes 1-0-1, G.V 1-1

Posted: December 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Hart's Natalie Gilmore advances the ball past Paraclete's Lauren Parish on Thursday at Hart High. The Indians beat Paraclete 3-0 to go 2-0 on the first day of their own Hart Soccer Showcase.

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With high winds and a slick field, the conditions were hardly ideal for the Hart girls soccer team in the opening day of the Hart Soccer Showcase.

But that didn’t stop the Indians from scoring three first-half goals to defeat Paraclete to cap a perfect 2-0 first day in the tournament.

Hart also shut out Granada Hills earlier in the day, 4-0, to improve to 3-4-5 on the season under first-year head coach Justin Lundin.

“It’s real slick,” Lundin said of the field. “Today was one of those games where you get the result and get to the next match.”

All six Foothill League schools play home matches on turf fields, but the tournament setup required Hart to play the match on grass, resulting in the slick field.

Against Paraclete, speedy forward Jenny Chavez took control, scoring two goals.

Chavez’s goals sandwiched a goal by McKinley Kane that gave Hart the 2-0 lead.

“Every game is getting better,” Lundin said. “The girls are really working hard and have a great attitude.”

Chavez, who also scored a goal earlier in the day against the Highlanders, was playing just her second and third game since returning from an injury that kept her out nearly a month, she said.

Her speed up top gives Hart another offensive weapon and allowed other players to move back into their natural positions, a clear benefit for the Indians.

“Jenny gives the defense fits up there with her pace and athleticism,” Lundin said.

Against Granada Hills, Hart jumped on the Highlanders quickly behind goals from Chavez, Michaela Rickard, Ally Perez and Hailey Jenkins.

Hart is back in action today at 9:30 a.m. against Golden Valley in the Hart Soccer Showcase quarterfinals


The Canyon girls varsity team was in position to sweep its first day of the Hart Soccer Showcase before a second-half Agoura goal forced a  1-1 draw in its second game of the day.

“The second game we were battling the wind,” said Canyon head coach Derek Rusk. “That was (Agoura’s) first game so they had the fresher legs and it showed. In the first game we were solid.”

In that first game Canyon defeated Cleveland 2-1.

Rusk also pointed to the field conditions, which were slick due to the game being played on a grass field, as a problem for Canyon.

Against Cleveland, Canyon received goals from Brooke Moore and Vanessa Quintero.

Moore added another goal in the tie with Agoura later in the day.

The results moved Canyon to 2-4-2 on the season and the Cowboys will be back in action today at 9:30 against Alemany in the quarterfinals of the Hart Soccer Showcase.

Golden Valley

It was a tale of two contrasting games for the Golden Valley girls soccer team, dropping a tight game to Knight, 1-0, before picking up a dominate win over Louisville of Woodland Hills, 5-1.

“Disappointing result against Knight. They played a good game,” said first-year Golden Valley head coach Adam Yassaman. “And we rebounded well and possessed the ball well against Louisville.”

In the victory over the Royals, Courtney Ravenell scored four goals to lead the Grizzlies. Jo Lagunas added the other goal.

Golden Valley is now 4-3-2 on the season.


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