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Prep Girls Soccer: Cougars clinch 9th straight DSL title
VICTORVILLE • For the ninth consecutive season, Granite Hills is the Desert Sky League girls soccer champion.
The Cougars clinched the title with a 4-2 victory over Silverado on Monday afternoon.
Granite Hills (9-0 DSL) entered the match having outscored its opponents 56-3 in league games, but found itself in a tight battle in the first half on a very cold, overcast and windy afternoon.
The Cougars broke through in the 11th minute when Ashlenn Bradbury passed to Britni Barricman, who found the right-rear corner of the goal past Silverado (1-7-2 DSL) goalie Claudia Avila.
With the prevailing wind at their back, the Hawks responded four minutes later when Samantha Stoneking lofted a shot past Cougars goalie Noelle Hele into the left corner of the goal.
Granite Hills wasted little time regaining the lead two minutes later thanks to an excellent corner kick by BK Smith to Michelle Alozie, who zipped a shot to the left corner past Avila.
The Hawks tied the game two minutes later when Crystal Munoz bounced a left-footed shot past Hele.
The rest of the first half was played mostly in the midfield with neither team garnering a threat.
Alozie picked up a yellow card in the 32nd minute on some rough play near the Cougars bench.
“It was cold and windy and we played against the wind in the first half,” Granite Hills coach Mike Bradbury said. “They got a couple of wind-aided goals.”
Granite Hills went ahead to stay 10 minutes into the second half on Alozie’s second goal of the day with help from Ashlenn Bradbury’s second assist of the game.
The Cougars added an insurance goal four minutes later when Alozie assisted on BK Smith’s goal.
“The girls did really good job today and gave it their best shot,” Silverado coach Nick Lopez said. “It was a really good game for us and I’m very proud of what they did today.”
The Hawks never got a shot off during the second half playing into the wind.
Granite Hills had 18 shots on goal and Avila made 14 saves for Silverado. The Hawks were limited to four first half shots and Hele made two saves.
“Not every win is pretty,” Bradbury added. “But a W is just that and we like them just as much.”