Central dominates Cardinals in girls prep soccer opener

Central high School’s Madison Allen, right, and Grand Valley’s Jazmin McFarland duel for possession of the ball during the first half of a soccer game Thursday at Long Family Memorial Park. Allen scored one of Central’s four goals in the second half of a 4-0 victory.

Central High School used a big second half Thursday to open the girls soccer season with a victory.

The Warriors scored four goals after a scoreless first half to knock off Grand Valley (0-1) in a nonleague game at Long Family Memorial Park.

Four players scored for Central — Emily Dufford, Ariana Herrera, Madison Allen and Kindred Mitchell. Herrera and Ashley Sullivan assisted on goals.

The Warriors dominated from the get-go, controlling the play on offense, barely letting the Cardinals cross midfield. By controlling the play, the Warriors were able to outshoot the Cardinals 23-5.

For the first contest of the season, Central coach Douglas Beach liked what he saw.

“I wanted to see a lot of teamwork, which I did see there were a couple of lapses, but the teamwork was there,” Beach said. “As far as I wanted to see from a first game, I liked it, it’s a feel-good win.”

Beach said his players were more aggressive in the second half, which led to the four goals.

“We concentrated on making runs at the goal, crashing the goal,” he said. “(We were) sending more girls into the goal area as the girls were shooting, which worked.”

The Cardinals’ goalie, Stephanie Hilgenbrinck, was able to keep the game close for a while making 19 saves, but the offense couldn’t push past Warriors goalie Savannah Moore, who had five saves.

Herrera was the star of the game with a goal and an assist, and Beach praised her efforts.

“She was a ball magnet today,” he said. “She is a sophomore this year, she is a ball magnet.

She knows what to do with the ball. She distributes well and shoots well.”


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