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Indians avenge losses

Hart scores two first-half goals in win

Posted: January 16, 2010 4:24 p.m.
Updated: January 16, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Fueled by its last two losses to Canyon, the Hart girls soccer team felt like it had a lot to prove.

On Friday, the Indians made sure to put those defeats behind them.

Thanks to first-half goals by Kelsey Steck and Kayla Kret, Hart defeated the Cowboys 2-0 at Harry Welch Stadium, and in the process avenged an embattled 1-0 defeat from last season and a 1-0 loss in this year’s Hart Tournament final.

“We thought this was kind of a revenge game,” Steck said. “We wanted to come out strong.”

The victory was the Indians’ second over a defending co-Foothill League champion in as many contests and was fueled by an intensity unmatched by their counterparts.

Hart (11-3-3, 2-0-0), which beat Valencia 4-1 on Tuesday, scored both of its goals via head balls in the box.

The first came in the 22nd minute when forward Katie Trevino dribbled toward Canyon’s end line and fired a cross to Steck, who hit it low and to the left past a diving Kristin Grunhold.

The Indians struck again four minutes later when senior Brittani Reddick’s throw-in bounced into the box and Kret headed it just inside the left post.

However, Hart head coach Mike Gomez gave the biggest praise to the defense of Megan Indermill, Ashley Heinzel, Vanessa Souisa and Kret.

“I’ve got to credit our fearsome foursome,” he said. “They didn’t allow anything to get in again.”

But they also did it with the help of goalkeeper Kayce Perkins, who punched the ball to safety the few times she was challenged.

Hart outshot Canyon (11-2-4, 1-1-0) 8-1 in the first 40 minutes, but the Indians were held to only two shots in the second as the Cowboys began to match the level of physicality.

“I really think (our) defense did a good job,” said Canyon head coach Eric White. “We gave up two goals that were a lack of marking up through the midfield. ... Everything we absolutely did not want to do, we did.”

Despite offensive runs by Malaya Cabrera and company, Canyon could not overcome its lackadaisical first half and the Cowboys were left to watch Hart celebrate, something that did not sit well them.

“The next time we play them, I can guarantee it will be a different outcome,” White said.



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