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Wildcats win defensive battle

West Ranch girls soccer defeats Golden Valley 1-0

Posted: January 24, 2014 9:45 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2014 9:45 p.m.

West Ranch's Noelle Weber fights for the ball against Golden Valley's Courtney Ravenell during Friday's game at West Ranch High School.

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With a chance to enter the third week of Foothill League competition with a .500 record, the West Ranch Wildcats girls soccer team did what it had to to pick up a 1-0 win over Golden Valley on Friday afternoon at West Ranch high school.

“Golden Valley has been so close to picking up a win these past few weeks, so we knew coming in they are coming into every game ready to battle,” said Wildcats head coach Jared White. “The game came down to a few things, but for us it starts with being better at finishing the opportunities we created.”

West Ranch (8-6-4 overall, 2-2 in Foothill League) controlled the pace of Friday’s action, as the Grizzlies were unable to assume control of the ball consistently and often gave up possession after minimal touches in the midfield.

Because of it, Golden Valley (8-5-2, 0-4) was resigned to clearing West Ranch attacks instead of generating many of its own.

“A lot of our girls are doing the right things on the field, but our mentality is still something we need to work on,” said Golden Valley head coach Adam Yassaman. “Instead of looking to extend and push leads, we are playing like we expect to win 1-0 games only. We have to know that we can win games where multiple goals are scored.”

West Ranch took the lead early and never gave it back after Wildcats junior forward Allie Theiss finished a ground-bound cross from teammate Hannah Hoskins in the 12th minute to bring the score to 1-0.

“We are where we kind of deserve to be right now,” said White on his teams standing among the other Foothill programs so far this season. “We were looking at having six points by this time, so heading into Valencia we’re in a good position.”

The Wildcats had multiple scoring opportunities that never came to fruition on Friday, including a barrage of shots by Theiss and teammate Taylor Ayers that each beat the keeper but not the goalpost.


BlueGoldgirl: Posted: January 25, 2014 12:50 p.m.

Apparently there was no game yesterday between Hart and Valencia. Crickets from the Signal. Not surprising tho, as the darlings of the media were tied by a very persistent and tenacious Hart squad. Match ended in 1-1 tie. Way to bury the story. I'll eat my words and apologize if the big write up is being saved for Sunday's paper. (looked like your reporter was at the game).

Bluefin3: Posted: January 26, 2014 6:23 p.m.

It was a heck of a game! Daily News had a great report on the game, that was there reporter. Darlings of the media, wow! I guess you haven't been following Varsity soccer for the last 5 years.

BlueGoldgirl: Posted: January 27, 2014 5:23 a.m.

Yes, I saw the Daily News story yesterday when a friend pointed it out. Five years??? Been following all girls soccer in this valley for longer than that. And yes...Valencia is getting all the love THIS YEAR. (don't assume I meant in years past).

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