By GERARDO RECINOS
Six goals in the first half of play allowed the Lady Bulldog soccer team to cruise to an easy 7-0 win over Mt. Diablo-Concord on a damp and windy Monday night.
Without even shifting into second gear, the Bulldog girls outclassed the Red Devils in easy fashion on Jan. 9, making up for the 1-0 loss the suffered at the hands of Las Lomas last week.
Coach Ed Marinelli’s side did the work early on so that the coach was afforded the opportunity to rest his starters with two more games to play this week, and also give some minutes to squad rotation players.
While the coach waited until to half to make a full exodus of the players on the pitch, he probably really only needed 25 minutes of play from his starters.
The very first dangerous move from the Bulldogs came in the opening minute of the game. Some positive build up play ended with a shot blasted well wide of the goal, but the attack was coming.
In the ninth minute, the Bulldog girls struck for the opener. A nice but of link up play between junior Marissa D’Atri and senior Sarah Emigh saw the Chico State commit midfielder bury her chance with plenty of space.
Carly Agostino doubled the lead in the 18th minute with a brilliant solo run. The junior captain beat four defenders with the ball at her feet before cooly slotting between the legs of the rushing Mt. Diablo goalkeeper.
Suddenly the pitched resembled a shooting gallery. After Agostino’s goal, the Bulldog girls broke the game wide open, scoring three times in six minutes.
A slick bit of passing between Julia Perez and Emigh didn’t result in either of the two girls scoring, but Lindsey Alford followed up the rebound gratefully and slammed it home from close range.
Sophia Olson was next to get in on the scoring on a well-weighted through ball by fellow junior Marlo Allen. Olson had a shot to latch onto a through ball earlier in her substitute appearance, but couldn’t reach it. This time she rounded the keeper and scored into an empty net.
The Red Devils turned in a ball into their own goal only three minutes later for the fifth, before Jaycee Armosino scored the sixth in the 35th minute.
A goal flurry like this one hasn’t been seen since the Bulldogs played De Anza off the park a month ago, but the Bulldogs weren’t quite done just yet.
Only a few minutes into the second half, Emigh grabbed her second. The senior midfielder fired a shot from 25 yards out, hoping to test the keeper.
Her shot was on frame, but was lucky to evade to the keeper for the seventh of the night.
The win puts the Bulldog girls at 5-2-1, with games against College Park and Concord coming up this week to test how they’re getting on so far this season.
Results for those matches came after Tribune deadline.