Big Bear can’t cool off Maranatha

first_imgMaranatha’s final score was an unassisted goal by Molly Pink in the 33rd minute. Along with Westridge and Maranatha, the La Salle girls soccer team also punched its ticket to the next round by crushing host Lompoc 4-1 in the second round of the Division IV playoffs. Senior Kasey Johnson, had two more against Lompoc. “She has been playing well this postseason,” La Salle coach Sal Lopez said. The Lancers’ two other goals were scored by Amy Kahr and Laura Hill. It took only 15 minutes for the Maranatha High School girls soccer team to shake off the elements of Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division V second-round playoff game at Big Bear. The Minutemen (23-1-3), ranked No. 1 in the division, got a goal from Te’anna Robinson in the 15th minute off a Jessica Fry assist and never looked back in beating the Bears, 2-0. Up next is a date with Santa Maria St. Joseph’s at a site to be determined today at 9 a.m. fresh off her two-goal performance against South Pasadena, The La Canada girls soccer team jumped out to a quick lead, but didn’t keep its momentum in a 2-1 loss at Santa Maria St. Joseph’s in sudden-death triple overtime in a Division IV second-round thriller. The winning score came in the 108th minute, compliments of Knights sophomore Tori Marchant. The forward took control of the ball around the goal crease and poked in a dribbler for the game-winner. “It was disappointing because our last two games were probably our best two games of the season,” La Canada coach Louis Bilowitz said. The Spartans (13-6-4) scored first in the 13th minute when Colleen Boyd set up Nancy Avensyan for the forward’s 29th goal of the season. Marshall’s run to a Division VI title came to an abrupt end Tuesday when the Eagles (12-5) were soundly thumped 7-0 by No. 1 seed Lancaster Desert Christian. The Knights (21-1-2) had hat tricks from teammates Kristyn Richards and Robyn Estrada in the victory. Correspondent Andrew Campa also contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The win vaulted Maranatha into Thursday’s quarterfinal against Notre Dame Academy (12-4-5) at a site to be determined today at 9 a.m. “(The elements) were much better than expected, the field was very nice,” Maranatha coach Jolie Robison said. “They took all the snow off this morning. It was pretty dry, about 45 degrees.” last_img read more

Van Gaal: What I’m predicting from Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final

first_imgLouis van Gaal believes Crystal Palace will play a defensive style in the FA Cup final, knowing full well that Manchester United are favourites for the clash.The two teams face off at Wembley on Saturday looking to win their only silverware of the season, and you can listen to all the action live on talkSPORT.The final is a repeat of the 1990 edition, which the Red Devils won after a replay, and this time, as it was then, Van Gaal’s team are favourites.They have been the best defensive team in the Premier League this season, whilst Palace have struggled for goals – netting just 39 in their 38 league games this season.Neutral fans are just hoping for an entertaining game of football, but Van Gaal cannot see such a situation, as he believes the Eagles will set-up defensively against their stronger opponents.“You always need two attacking sides, then you always get a fantastic match,” the Dutchman explained.“I think they shall defend very small spaces and then counter because they have a lot of speed in attack.“It shall be very difficult, but you cannot always predict a final.”Given Van Gaal’s preference for defensive football, it is slightly ironic that he suggests Palace will be the reason for a poor final.The Red Devils have built a reputation as one of the most boring English teams to watch this season, and although the Dutchman claims he would love his team to ‘win beautiful’, he still believes winning is more important than the style of a performance.He continued: “Of course the starting point is to perform well, to win beautiful…to score beautiful goals.“But a 1-0 win, for me, is also enough because winning is the most important thing in a final.“When you lose you have nothing.” 1 Louis van Gaal’s men take on Crystal Palace on Saturday last_img read more