Three goals puts JV Dogs in win column

Martinez Tribune

The junior varsity girls soccer team put up a big result in their win over the Miramonte Matadors. The girls had lost three in a row before the 3-0 win on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

It took the Bulldog girls only eight minutes to get on the score board after a shot by Jenna Coffman deflected to Callie Johnson who fired home from close range to open her account.

Miramonte didn’t get much of the ball in the opening minutes, so Johnson’s goal was predictable as well as very much deserved.

That being said it was easy to see that it wouldn’t be the only scoring for the Lady Dogs on the evening.

Following up her goal, Johnson slid in a perfect pass to find Coffman all alone. Coffman slid her shot past the keeper and redeemed herself for her earlier miss. The move started from Kendall Capolungo, who stole the ball in midfield and played a smart outlet pass.

The girls were playing at a high level for coach Rob DeChristofaro, and didn’t look like they would let up.

In the 15th minute Coffman fired in a great ball at the back post that Julia Mulders nearly tucked home, but her shot went just wide of the net.

Alhambra threatened at least three more times before the halftime whistle.

Coffman had a shot go just wide, and Alhambra defenders Sienna Dobson and Devon Rowe both shouldered a challenge from Miramonte in one of the rare tests they faced.

Rowe made a fine tackle in the box, and Dobson cleared the ball which was going for a corner kick.

A minute into the second half the Bulldogs added to their lead. MacKenzie Lyall picked off a poor back pass by the Miramonte defenders and slotted home calmly for the third goal of the afternoon.

Alhambra turned on the cruise control from that point on, opting to possess the ball and not take as many chances. They weren’t pressured much by the Matadors, who had a hard time nicking the ball off Alhambra anyway.

That effort in the first half allowed them to coast to their sixth win of the season with little struggle.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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