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January 7, 2009 > James Logan playing solid soccer

James Logan playing solid soccer

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

James Logan girls soccer found itself on the winning and losing end of two games last week during the holiday break, but they are beginning to put solid efforts game after game as the season progresses.

On Tuesday, Dec. 30, the girls from James Logan hosted the Lady Falcons of Freedom High, from Oakley. Freedom got off to a great start, scoring two goals in the first half. The first tally came off of a corner kick, where Krystal Espindola pounced on a loose ball and put it in the back of the net.

Espindola made it 2-0 for Freedom when she pick-pocketed a Logan defender and proceeded to place it by the Lady Colts' keeper for a 2-0 score. Freedom held onto that score going into the half, and cruised in the second half for a win, 2-0.

After the tough loss to Freedom, the Lady Colts next took the pitch on Saturday, Jan. 3, for their first contest of 2009, when they hosted Richmond High.

Coach Antonio Villasenor's varsity squad picked up where they left off in half two of the Freedom game: not allowing a goal. In total, the girls allowed only four shots from Richmond to reach the goal. All four were turned aside by the James Logan keeper, Sarena Sanchez, who collected her second shutout in three games.

Meanwhile, on the offensive end, the Lady Colts exploded for seven goals. Logan began their scoring onslaught in the 10th minute with an unassisted goal by Chris Garingan. Seven minutes later, Aliss Vaszquez scored off a free kick to make it 2-0, James Logan. Tessa Runels scored in the 20th minute of a pass from Garingan, and Erica Garcia scored an unassisted goal five minutes later to conclude the scoring in the first half.

In the second half, the Lady Colts continued to put on the pressure. Runels scored her second goal of the match, an unassisted score, in the 50th minute. Fifteen minutes later, Stephanie Curiel picked up a loose ball and shot it by Richmond's keeper, Ariana Rangel. The final goal of the game came in the 75th minute when Monique Soto scored unassisted.

James Logan took 25 shots at goal. Rangel saved 15 of those shots, three missed the net and seven found the back of the net. James Logan prevailed, 7-0, and improved its record to 2-7.

Next up for James Logan is a matchup against fellow Mission Valley Athletic League foe, Newark Memorial. The two will meet at James Logan on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m.

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