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Prep soccer: Saugus with a familiar start

Centurions girls now 5-0 to begin the season

Posted: December 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Saugus girls soccer team seems to have picked up right where it left off.

Coming off back-to-back Foothill League titles — including a perfect 10-0 run through the league last season — the Centurions defeated Ventura High 7-0 on Thursday afternoon at Saugus High to remain undefeated on the season.

Using a combination of size and strength, the Centurions had the better of the opportunities throughout the game, and finally broke through with the game’s opening goal when Monica Allen sent the ball past the keeper 5:30 into the match.

And Saugus never looked back.

In under two minutes, the Centurions (5-0) added three more goals, with Lizzy Rivas and Maddie Reinsma adding goals in the 34th minute.

Stacey Atwater followed those up with a goal of her own 35 minutes in to give Saugus a 4-0 halftime lead.

The goal marked Atwater’s eighth goal in five games.

“(Ventura) played a flat defense and we were faster and we can score from a lot of different areas so different people can bring the goals,” said Saugus head coach Natalie Helgeson. “It just depends who you’re playing but we say score early, score often. That should be ideal.”

So far this season Saugus has benefited from the play of its experienced defense, which has already pitched four shutouts in the team’s first five games.

“We returned a lot of our defenders, our starting defenders, our goalie, our sweeper,” Helgeson said.

In the second half, the tide continued to go the way of Saugus, as Angie Weiner put in two goals and Allen recorded her second of the game that saw Saugus out play Ventura (0-2-1) from the start.

“We have a lot of girls that are very tall and strong and very fast,” Helgeson said. “It’s difficult to mark. You’ve got girls that can beat you first to the ball. We can get corners and throw-ins and you try your best to mark them.”

On Thursday, Ventura had trouble marking them from the start.

The next team to get its shot will be Pacifica when it faces Saugus on Dec. 16 in Buena as Saugus looks to continue its successful start to the season.

“I think they want to prove that they can (go undefeated in league) as well,” Helgeson said. “I think this group of girls can do that 10-0 too. It’s something for them to strive for. It will be difficult though because people want to step up their game because they want to beat that undefeated team.”


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