Lady Rangers' soccer
off to slow start
By Misty Volaski
Nordhoff girls' soccer team started
its season last night with a wake up call posting a 7-0 loss
to Westlake at Westlake (Div. II CIF Champions).
The game began evenly matched and was 0-0 at the 35th minute
mark of the first half. Nordhoff's sweeper, Beca Morrison, went
to head a high driven ball that was sent into the 18 but was
blinded by the sun. Westlake immediately capitalized by netting
their first goal in the 35th minute. This spark energized Westlake
and Nordhoff relaxed. Just the opposite of what should of happened,"
said Nordhoff coach Pete Christl.
The result was Westlake scoring three more goals over the next
three minutes. At halftime, the score was a harsh 4-0, Westlake.
"Adjustments were made at halftime and the players responded
well," said Christl.
Center half players Sarah Stoltz, Kristi O'Connor and Holly Cattoni
consistently marked their counterparts and took away penetration
down the middle. Westlake adjusted their attacking style using
the width of the field, resulting in several corner kicks and
two additional goals from headers in the penalty area.
Final score was 7-0 in favor of Westlake.
"Several positives did come from the match and great play
and effort was present," said Christl. "Monica Kenton
generated constant attacking pressure."
Nordhoff's defensive unit made some much-needed adjustments in
the second half. "It was evident that Nordhoff has a ways
to go, but the potential is there," Christl enthused.
The junior varsity squad played an excellent match in a losing
effort, final score 1-3. Breanna Townley scored the lone goal
for the JV squad.
Next game is away against CIF-SSS Division I powerhouse Louisville
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