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CIF soccer: Not enough for a repeat

SCCS can’t duplicate last season’s victory in playoff loss

Posted: February 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

A year ago, Santa Clarita Christian School made history by winning its first playoff game in girls soccer.

It was a tough act to follow.

With just one senior on the roster, SCCS couldn’t pull off a repeat performance, losing 3-1 to Vistamar High of El Segundo on Friday in Redondo Beach.

It ended the season for the Cardinals (10-6-0) in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII playoffs.

SCCS didn’t go down without a fight.

Vistamar (14-1-1), which won the Coastal League, got on the board when it scored off a corner kick midway through the first half.

That opened the flood gates, and the Vikings added two quick goals after that to go into halftime up 3-0.

Shortly before the third goal was scored, a Vistamar player was yellow-carded after colliding hard with Cardinals goalkeeper Christina Keoshian.

Keoshian left the game with a head injury and didn’t return, according to SCCS head coach Matt Gale.

“We had a lot of injuries,” Gale said. “We had two starters out with knee injuries and we had another starter who had a family commitment.”

For SCCS’s single goal of the game, freshman Lauren Gallagher scored her 14th goal of the season. It was assisted by Gallagher’s older sister Megan.

“It was going to be hard and it was going to be a lot of work to put in those two goals,” said senior Brianna Reade of the second half. “But we fought for every ball, we fought for every 50/50.”

In the end, the Vikings’ use of their quick midfielders was the difference.

“The speed kind of caught (us) off guard and it was tough,” Gale said. “It took us a half to adjust to that, but by the time we did, it was just a little bit too late.”


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