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Prep girls soccer: Hart’s Valentine’s victory

Indians not satisfied with performance, but move on to the second round of the playoffs

Posted: February 15, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 15, 2013 1:55 a.m.
 

Hart Indians girls soccer will accept a mild pat on the back after Thursday’s game.

But the team might not spend too long celebrating.

After a 1-0 win over the San Marcos Royals of Santa Barbara in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs at College of the Canyons, the sentiment for Hart was, ‘it could have been better.’

“Overall, we played good enough to win today,” said Hart head coach Justin Lundin. “We can play much better and that’s a good thing.”

Ally Perez scored in the 20th minute on one of 15 shot attempts by the Indians (13-7-7), who controlled possession of the ball from whistle to whistle.

Sophia Cortes, McKinley Kane and Jenny Chavez worked the ball into the box multiple times, each one taking turns trying to put the ball in the back of the net.

But in the end, Perez’s score was the only one Hart needed.

“We have the talent, obviously,” Cortes said. “We have everything. We had crosses into the middle and we had great chances.”

The lone goal was scored after Chavez dribbled the ball near the top of the box. San Marcos goalkeeper Hannah Harrah charged toward her to try to take away the scoring chance.

At the last moment, Chavez tapped the ball to her left, where Perez calmly knocked the ball into a wide open net with the goalkeeper occupied.

“I don’t know if it was too much Valentine’s Day candy or what, but that’s the poorest performance we’ve had all season in the first half,” said San Marcos head coach Macie Berlin.

It also didn’t help that the Royals (7-4-4) lost their leading scorer, sophomore Emily Allen, who was injured in the opening minutes of the game.

The Royals finished second in the Channel League, but they were no match for the Foothill League second-place Hart on Thursday.

Hart’s Kelsey Stokes and Hailey Jenkins shut almost every San Marcos opportunity down, limiting it to just two shots in the game.

Meanwhile, Hart’s three players up top connected well and applied consistent offensive pressure.

“We were able to spread the field a little bit and play through balls in the middle,” Lundin said.

Hart moves on to play Sierra League champion Chino Hills in the second round on Tuesday. The location of the game will be determined by a coin flip.

“We know we’re going to be more comfortable (in the next round),” Cortes said. “The competition is much better, so we know we’ll play to our level.”

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