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Hart girls Showcase roundup: Host heads to the final

Hart takes down Canyon 3-0 in tourney semifinal

Posted: December 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart's Presley Lambert dribbles past Canyon's Kayla Danforth on Friday at Hart High School.

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Hart girls soccer capped a successful second day at the Hart Soccer Showcase with a 3-0 semifinal victory over rival Canyon on Friday afternoon at Hart.

“Hart is a very underrated team,” said Canyon head coach Derek Rusk. “We didn’t connect or move the ball the way we would have liked, and we’ll let this loss sting for a little.”

Seemingly as soon as the game began, Rusk’s squad was on the defensive.

Hart’s feisty and determined attack managed to put pressure on the Cowboys defense without sacrificing possession of the ball. After a near miss by Hart sophomore Jenny Chavez in the 13th minute of action, Indians junior midfielder Sophie Cortes rocketed a goal into the right corner to put her team up 1-0 a minute later.

“My teammates told me to shoot it so I just went with it,” Cortes said. “We communicated well today, and it allowed us to keep up the attack.”

The Cowboys’ inability to handle the Indians’ offense came just hours after Canyon had been the aggressor in its 1-0 victory over Alemany.

Entering the second half down a goal, the Cowboys appeared more focused and generated glimpses of offensive proficiency.

That was until Hart’s Presley Lambert sprinted halfway across field in a dazzling one-man counterattack and seemingly iced the game with a goal in the 44th minute.

“We never give up on anything,” said Lambert, who added a second goal later in the game. “Our team’s really close and things are starting click right now and it’s fun.”

Hart’s wins over Golden Valley and Canyon on Friday move the Indians to 5-4-5 on the season heading into today’s final, where they’ll face Quartz Hill at 1 p.m. More importantly, the Indians will enter Foothill League play knowing that they can beat league opponents.

“These wins give us confidence, but we know that they also give the other teams more motivation to come after us when we see them again in league,” Cortes said.

After splitting results on Friday, Canyon is 3-5-2. The Cowboys will look to exhibit the form that got them past Alemany, and try and learn from their mistakes against Hart.

“The teams that we played today will be different weeks from now,” said Hart assistant Bob Barnett, who filled in for head coach Justin Lundin on Friday. “Canyon will get better, Golden Valley will get better, let’s just hope we can continue in the direction we are headed now and get better as well.”


Golden Valley

After a 1-0 quarterfinal loss to Hart, Golden Valley fell 3-0 to Alemany in a consolation game to wrap up the tournament with a 1-3-0 record. Golden Valley fell to 4-5-2 on the season.

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