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Prep girls soccer: The game tilts to SCCS

Cardinals’ offense controls game in first-round win

Posted: February 15, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 15, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals girls soccer senior Colette Blake said the first half of her team’s game with Rolling Hills Prep of San Pedro on Thursday felt like it was being played on a tilt.

And the tilt was directed toward the Rolling Hills goal.

Unfortunately for the Cardinals’ offense, it couldn’t break through.

That’s until the game’s 70th minute, when Blake’s header proved to be the game winner in the Cardinals’ 1-0 victory in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII at Central Park in Saugus.

“We had a lot of problems (early). We we weren’t keeping the shots down, and it happened a lot in the first half,” Blake said. “It’s funny the goal was on a header.”

Funny she said because SCCS had a lot of chances with its feet, making Huskies senior goalkeeper Kellie Harunk have to work all game long.

SCCS (13-2-3) started the assault in the first half, but it got heavier in the second, as the Cardinals put eight shots on goal in the game’s final 40 minutes.

The breakthrough came when sophomore Lauren Gallagher delivered a corner kick to Blake who slipped it by Harunk.

“It felt so wonderful (to get that goal),” Gallagher said. “It took the pressure off everyone.”

Another group took the pressure off Cardinals goalkeeper Lacey Lehman.

The Cardinal backline of Allie Haberstad, Desirae Dodson, Shawna Tice and Savannah Benton kept the Huskies offense away from the goal for a vast majority of the game.

After the SCCS goal, Rolling Hills Prep (8-4-0) didn’t come close to scoring.

Nonetheless, Harunk, who had a sprained ankle, played admirably.

“I don’t even feel like we lost,” she said.

Now Omega League champion SCCS plays Montebello on Tuesday.

“I think we have a good chance,” said SCCS head coach Matt Gale on his team’s outlook for the rest of the postseason. “The division’s wide open. ... Getting the first game was huge.”


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