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Not your typical No. 3 team

Centurions now face No. 1 seeded Div. II squad

Posted: February 20, 2009 1:29 a.m.
Updated: February 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Saugus girls soccer may be the most dangerous team in the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

The Centurions defeated Highland 8-1 in Palmdale Thursday afternoon and now plays top-seeded Flintridge Sacred Heart.

Saugus (17-3-4) defeated the Tologs 3-1 on Dec. 6.

The Cents get Flintridge Sacred Heart at home on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

“I’m looking at the bracket going ‘Wow, these aren’t teams we don’t know anything about,” said Saugus head coach Lisa Rollo.

If Saugus makes the quarterfinals, the expectation is that it would play Crescenta Valley, should the Falcons win Tuesday.

The Centurions tied Crescenta Valley 1-1 on Dec. 5.

Going even farther, Saugus could potentially meet Foothill League foe Canyon in the semifinals.

Saugus finished just one point behind Canyon and Valencia for the league title, but was forced to go on the road for Thursday’s first round because it finished in third place.

The Centurions had little trouble with the Bulldogs and USC-bound Samantha Johnson Thursday.

Saugus scored the game’s first eight goals, four in each half, before Highland put one on the board late.

The only multiple-goal scorer was Nicole Pennick with two.

Shasta Fisher, Brittanie Sakajian, Jamie Molacek, Shannon Suarez, Ysabel Padron, Sarah Sager all scored for Saugus.

“I think they really put third place behind them looking really forward to the postseason,” Rollo said.

Rollo pointed out that the last time Saugus met Flintridge Sacred Heart, the Tologs were missing a pair of starters, as was Saugus.

The game was also more than two months ago.

cosborne@the-signal.com

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