Rangers bust down La Salle defense for win
By Misty Volaski
What's a few sprains here and colds there
when you're in the CIF semifinals?
Nordhoff 's girls' soccer squad came off a tough, though successful,
regular season full of illness and injury to soar through the
first and second rounds and the quarterfinals.
Against La Salle, the Lady Rangers fought nonstop for a chance
to get into the semifinals.
As the third-seeded team in Division V, La Salle was the heavy
favorite in the game. Nordhoff, seeded ninth, came out onto the
field with the knowledge that La Salle was a "very strong
offensive threat," said Nordhoff coach Pete Christl.
"It was a very strong attack by La Salle, who outshot us
(NHS) by 16 shots on goal to four for Nordhoff."
As the first half came to a close, both teams were tied a zero,
leaving a "very weary, confused Nordhoff squad looking for
a way to gain control," added Christl.
The Lancer offense, however, gained control first, breaking through
the Rangers' defense and netting a goal in the first seven minutes
of the second half.
Nordhoff rallied back with a expertly executed play that found
Ranger fullbacks, midfielders and forwards combining for the
goal. Mary Ann Christl got the ball to Jessica Johnsen, who delivered
it to Ranger powerhouse Ally Taylor for the goal.
Regulation play ended in a 1-1 tie, and NHS went into two 10-minute
After a wearying 95 minutes of play, Amie Cresto was able to
slide a goal past "a very potent offensive (La Salle) machine,"
La Salle kicked up their offensive play a notch, and Nordhoff
began to play long ball to Taylor.
Nordhoff played Oak Park yesterday in the CIF Diision. V semifinals,
though results were unavailable as of press time. See Friday's
sports page for the story.
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