By GERARDO RECINOS
The pitch at Knowles Field on Monday night resembled a shooting gallery during the varsity girls soccer game against De Anza. The Lady Dogs fired in nine goals in a huge victory.
Their 9-1 win over the Dons from De Anza is their biggest of the season, and in fact the biggest scoreline in the last five years. Twice in recent history the Bulldogs scored seven on an opponent, (De Anza and John Swett), but they have never reached nine – till now.
They were perfect in every aspect of their game, and from the first whistle they ripped apart the De Anza defense who was in shambles from the get go.
In the opening minute of play sophomore Carly Agostino had a shot on goal saved, and then Alhambra had an opportunity clang of both posts from a move started by the midfielder.
After missing an opportunity to give the Bulldogs the lead they deserved, senior Kayla Porche assumed the role of provider. From a corner, her ball found sophomore Marlo Allen at the back post, and the striker made no mistake from close range.
Alhambra’s midfield was led by a stellar performance from Agostino, who is adept at finding pockets of space to create for Alhambra. With the amount of space she had to pull the strings, it was a wonder the Bulldogs didn’t hit for more than 10 goals.
On the wings, Porche and sophomore Marissa D’Atri ran free and terrorized the full back with her pace. D’Atri’s first time cross in the 19th minute found Porche in the box, and the senior hit it on the volley for a brilliant finish at the back post.
The Lady Bulldogs reeled off four goals in the next six minutes. Started off by Carly Agostino’s goal, the Bulldogs then got an assist from their goalkeeper, Nicki Rucki.
Rucki’s clearance was brought down expertly by Allen, who beat her defender and took a touch around the keeper for her brace.
Then Jaycee Armosino, yet another sophomore, chipped the De Anza keeper from 30 yards out to make it 5-0.
The stunning run was rounded off by a move that started at the feet of Armosino, went wide to D’Atri, and was finished off by Agostino. The sophomore connection was running rampant at that point.In her final act before being rested for the rest of the game, Agostino left a stamp on her man of the match performance by making a 30-yard slide-rule pass that found yet another sophomore, Julia Perez.
The Bulldogs let off the gas in the second half, and with a team of mostly substitutes in, still managed to dictate the pace of the game. Perez and junior Lindsey Alford worked especially well together, and went close to scoring twice before Alford found the back of the net.
The junior winger scored on a curling shot from 30 yards out when she saw the De Anza keeper well off her line. Alford punished her with a cold finish.
Not content, the junior made the most of her remaining time on the pitch by playing Perez on a cheeky pass down the wing. Having made a mess of a similar effort earlier in the game, Perez buried her chance in the 75th minute.
The sophomore slotted home calmly after taking two touches toward the keeper, who was caught in two minds as to whether she should rush the shooter or stand her ground.
The ninth goal of the evening was only slightly dampened by a chipped goal from 40 yards out from De Anza’s midfielder to give them something to cheer about in injury time.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to a still perfect 3-0. On the season so far, the Bulldogs have scored 18 goals while only allowing a single goal.