Lady Rangers nab 4th Frontier
League soccer title
by Misty Volaski
Nordhoff's varsity girls' soccer team did what many people
said couldn't be done -- for the fourth year in a row, the Lady
Rangers took the Frontier League title.
The title was confirmed after Wednesday's win against Malibu,
5-0. It was Nordhoff's eighth shutout in the past 21 games.
But the pressure was on -- the Rangers knew they had to win the
game to be Frontier League champions and go undefeated in league.
And the Rangers' last game versus the Sharks was what coach Pete
Christl deemed a Ranger "wake up call. We showed up with
too much confidence," he said. Nordhoff made it out of the
game, winning in overtime, 2-1.
However, this time, Nordhoff went out with more concentration
and skill. As a result, they were a dominating force, keeping
the ball in Ranger control for much of the game.
Midfielder Ally Taylor led the Rangers in goals, knocking in
two, while junior Joey Vega, freshman Ana Levin and senior Adi
Miller each added a goal of their own. Sophomore Monica Kenton
scored no goals but was able to assist two goals.
Heading up the defense was sweeper Cattoni, who "collected
balls and started the attack from the back," coach Pete
The win means much more than another banner in the Nordhoff gym,
Now, four-year starters Kelsey Gartrell and Cattoni can say they
finished their high school soccer careers undefeated in league.
Chantal Silver and Jessica Rigali, both three-year varsity players,
will graduate with the title as well.
Though the Rangers will say goodbye to seven seniors, including
captains Cattoni and Rigali, they leave behind a string of great
As the only freshman on the team this year, Levin showed her
true potential, taking command of the ball as a forward.
Kenton has been Nordhoff's saving grace in more than one game.
Whether shooting a goal in the last minutes of the game, or feeding
the ball to other forwards, she will definitely be a player to
watch over the next few years.
"The girls have really responded to challenges. There was
an excellent chemistry this year. Hopefully it will help us in
the playoffs," Christl commented.
Nordhoff will go into the playoffs with a 6-0 league record,
and a 15-4-2 record overall.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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