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Prep soccer: Cents win Los Tacos crown

Saugus wins in PKs for victory in prestigious tourney

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

Even in a tournament stacked with highly ranked teams, Saugus girls soccer kept finding a way.

After playing to a 1-1 tie in regulation time with Flintridge Sacred Heart in the Los Tacos tournament final on Friday at Pasadena High, Saugus eked out a 6-5 win in penalty kicks after to claim victory.

“On paper, should we have won? No,” said Saugus head coach Natalie Helgeson. “Do they (Flintridge) play a premier level of soccer? Yeah. But we play with more heart and more intensity.”

Leah Eldridge scored an unassisted goal with five minutes to go in regulation for Saugus (14-0) to tie the score.

From there, the two teams played an initial shootout round with each team attempting five PKs. It was tied 3-3 at end of that round, prompting sudden-death rounds where each team attempted one PK apiece until a winner was decided.

It took four rounds until the Centurions won it, claiming their first Los Tacos victory.

Saugus goalkeeper Maddie Hebert made three saves in the shootout as she was named tournament MVP.

Overall, the Centurions finished 4-0 in tournament play with wins over La Salle, Royal and
Pasadena.

“This is good for the girls,” Helgeson said. “They’re seeing that as long as they play as a team, they can beat some pretty incredible teams.”

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