By GERARDO RECINOS
A pair of second-half goals by two Alhambra juniors helped the team get their 10th win of the season, and has all but secured the Bulldogs second place league finish.
After a 3-2 loss the last time the Lady Dogs faced Campo two weeks ago, a conclusive 2-0 victory on Feb, 8 was exactly what the team needed so close to the playoffs.
Campolindo posed very little threat on the night, and most of their true clear cut chances didn’t really test the Dogs.
Alhambra on the other hand played a comprehensive match. From front to back, all aspects were covered. And while it took them some time to fully settle in and break the deadlock the signs were all there for a scoring night.
Of course that happened last Friday night against Miramonte.
In that game the Bulldog girls also started off with the lion’s share of possession. Similarly, in Wednesday nights contest, the Bulldog girls looked the brighter side early on.
In particular their link up play was excellent due to some excellent passing from defenders. With time on the ball, both Jenna Coffman and Chloe Taylor were able to build the attack from defense and allow the flair players in the midfield create with ease.
In the 16th minute, Carly Agostino hit the cross bar from 20 yards out, and then fired just high six minutes later.
The play was onside, and that allowed the Bulldogs to play off one another with ease. Jaycee Armosino showed some skill when she played in Marlo Allen on a deft flick over a defender, but Miramonte cleared for a throw.
Just before the half, substitute Sophia Olson did well to bring a throw in down in the box. She laid off a ball to a surging Sarah Emigh, but the senior midfielder’s show was wide. The Chico State-committee was restored to her place in the middle of the park after playing in defense last week.
Only four minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs struck.
The move started at the feet of sophomore right back Chakeira Cox, who floated a ball into the box that junior Julia Perez flicked up. Perez’s flick was volleyed home expertly by Agostino, who’s 20-yard screamer could be a candidate for goal of the season.
Not to be outdone, Perez entered an effort of her own into the ring when she pulled out a skillful effort only 15 minutes later. Lindsey Aflord had nearly doubled the lead only seconds before Perez flicked the ball into her own path before hitting a half-volley true, and slotting it past the Campo keeper for the second goal of the night.
Not content to only be up 2-0, the Bulldogs didn’t let up.
Marisa D’Atri was played in on goal down the right-hand touchline twice in the latter stages of the match. Once on an excellent switch of play by Alford, and the second on a searching through ball from Emigh. However the pacy junior could only hit the side-netting.
Rather than get behind the ball and defend the Bulldogs tried to grab a third in the final 10 minutes. But they needed not worry. Campo’s best effort was a volley that was well wide in the 78th minute by senior Julia Rossi.
That allowed the Bulldogs to see their seniors off with a final regular season win at Knowles Field. But that’s far from the last victory they want to be celebrating on the field they’ve run on for the last four years.