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SCCS soccer loses shorthanded

Cardinals fall 3-0 to Yeshiva

Posted: January 27, 2014 9:28 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2014 9:28 p.m.

SCCS's Billy Latch, right, heads the ball against Yeshiva's Josh Manesh, left, at Canyon Country Park on Monday.

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The Santa Clarita Christian School Cardinals boys soccer team has struggled this season, and after taking the field shorthanded on Monday against Yeshiva University of Los Angeles those struggles continued.

After playing a man down from the opening touches, SCCS fell to the Panthers 3-0 after surrendering two goals to standout midfielder Jonah Anderson early on.

“Given the situation I’m pleased with the outcome to tell you the truth,” said Cardinals head coach Steve Cooper.

The Cardinals (1-8, 0-4) fell behind early after Panthers freshman midfielder Yoel Cohavy found the back of the net in the 15th minute of action.

Following Cohavy’s strike, Anderson took over.

The senior’s first goal came in the 18th minute, when he controlled a long goal kick with his head and, after splitting two Cardinals defenders, buried a shot into the net to give Yeshiva a 2-0 lead.

Three minutes later, Anderson was on the board again after a well-placed rocket found its way past the keeper from 25 yards out.

The Panthers’ third goal all but clinched the game before halftime.

“This game was key for us to win,” Anderson said. “In order to make playoffs we had to just come in and play well. It was a relief to hear we’d be playing with numbers, even if it is a little unfair.”

Already a man up, Yeshiva benefitted from situational motivation on Monday.

The Panthers (5-6 overall, 2-3 Liberty League) entered Monday’s game needing to win out to have a chance at finishing third in their league and make playoffs. In contrast, the Cardinals entered league play winless and having been outscored by 12 goals by league opponents.

With their prolonged struggles in league play continuing, the Cardinals travel to Liberty power Buckley on Friday.

After going 11-6-2 and finishing second in the Heritage League during the 2011-12 season, the Cardinals have fallen on hard times. The team went 2-14 a season ago without a league win, and is still searching for a league victory as the 2013-14 season nears its conclusion.

“We’re playing for next year now,” Cooper said. “We have a lot of juniors and freshmen, so we’ll have plenty of seniors next time around. As far as the freshmen go, it’s tough. Freshmen usually struggle, with a few exceptions of course. But even then, they are still freshmen.”

ernie@signalscv.com

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