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Cards soccer goes on a goal binge

Doty and Gale help the Cardinals blow out Providence; Cards aiming for first in league

Posted: February 3, 2009 10:04 p.m.
Updated: February 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer scored five goals in the first 14 minutes at Central Park and routed Providence High School 7-0 on Tuesday to join Milken Community in a tie for first place in the Liberty League.

The Cardinals (15-2-1, 6-1-1) were led by junior Amanda Doty, who, on her birthday, scored four goals in the match.

All of Doty's goals came in the first half, highlighted by a hard shot from 25 yards out that beat Providence goalkeeper Carlee Renteria into the top-right corner of the net in the fourth minute.

"I don't know if you'll see a better shot in high school soccer. Boys or girls," said Santa Clarita coach Brandon Wolf. "She had a big day."

Doty has 23 goals this season, only behind junior Kayla Gale for the team lead.

Gale added two goals in the match, for a total of 32 on the season.

Gale's two goals came in the first and third minutes of the first half and set the tone for the rest of the game. She also added two assists in the match, for another team high of 18 on the season.

The Santa Clarita defense wasn't pressed, as the Cardinals kept the ball in the Pioneers' defensive zone for virtually the entire game.

Due to the constant pressure, Providence (3-12, 0-8) failed to record a shot on net all game.

The Pioneers' only scoring opportunity came in the 35th minute of the first half when a Providence through pass toward the Santa Clarita net caused Gale and Cardinal goalkeeper Carli Broadbent to collide. The ball squirted away from both, toward the unoccupied Santa Clarita net. Gale recovered, however, and cleared the ball before Providence attackers could capitalize.

"Intensity makes us go," Wolf said. "If we don't come out with intensity, we can lose to anyone."

The Cardinals took a 6-0 lead into the half, and capped their scoring in the 13th minute of the second half on a goal from freshman Heather Pettengill, her second on the season.

The win against Providence gives the Cardinals six shutouts this year and 10 wins by five goals or more.
The Cardinals travel to league power Viewpoint High School (12-5, 6-1) on Thursday in a game with huge league championship and playoff implications.

"It'll be a battle," Wolf said. "They are historically the best team in our league and are coached really well. If we come out flat, they will hand it to us."


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