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Cards dealt a tough blow

SCCS finishes its season 15-4-1

Posted: February 20, 2009 1:23 a.m.
Updated: February 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer’s second time in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs ended in heartbreak Thursday.

After grabbing a two-goal lead in the first half against Schurr High in Montebello, the Cardinals allowed three unanswered goals to lose 4-3 in overtime in the first round of the Division VI playoffs.

Schurr scored the winning goal in overtime after a Cardinals player was whistled for a foul.

A free kick ended up being the decider.

“I would say the game got handed to the other team by a call at the top of the 18-yard line,” said SCCS head coach Brandon Wolf.

Kayla Gale, who scored the Cardinals’ first two goals after the Spartans took an early 1-0 lead, said her teammates were in tears after the score.

“It was heartbreaking,” she said. “We were all working so hard.”

Gale’s goals made it 33 on the season for her.

Before halftime, Cardinals freshman Heather Pettingill scored to give SCCS a 3-1 advantage.

But field conditions, as there were patches of mud all over, helped prevent the Cards from producing any more offense.

SCCS took three shots on goal the whole game.

The Cardinals (15-4-1) lose seniors Katie Gwinn, Kaley Morrison, Taylor Tronson and Alexa Dillon.


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