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April 22, 2009 > Panthers lone unbeaten after knocking off Break

Panthers lone unbeaten after knocking off Break

Submitted By Paul Dunn
Photos By Ed Ohye

On a hot Saturday afternoon, the two unbeaten sides of Fremont's U-15 Girls league - Panthers and Break - met for the second time of the season.

In the first meeting, both teams' offense broke down the others' defense, resulting in a 3-3 tie (the Panthers had to come back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half to do so). This game, however, did not play out with the Panthers dominating play en route to a 6-1 win.

Despite the heat, both teams started strongly and the action was end-to-end with the Break winning corner after corner. The Panthers' defense played well and first-time goalie, Zarin Khan, kept a clean sheet with several fine saves.

The Panthers finally ended the deadlock when a Rhian Dunn throw-in sent Erica Ohye storming down the left wing before sending a low, hard cross to Sarina Utamsing, who beat her defender and sent a low shot past the Break keeper. Later in the half, the Panthers came close to adding to the score when Utamsing hit the post. But at half time, the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Panthers.

Both teams only had a couple of subs, and by the start of the second half the heat was beginning to take its toll. The Panthers took advantage of the situation, and mounted a series of attacks on the Break goal.

Early in the half, some fine play between Ohye and Utamsing ended with Utamsing feeding Ohye just outside the six-yard box with time to slot the ball beyond the goalie, and into the left corner of the net. The tempo of the game increased, and minutes later Natalie Cory ran onto a ball at the edge of the goal area and lofted a high shot, just out of reach of the outstretched arms of the Break goalie, for the Panthers third goal.

The Break immediately responded, and forced a series of corners which finally resulted in an own goal by Megan Dunn to make the score 3-1. But, the Panthers were not done. They pushed forward, resulting in a second goal for Utamsing, as she prodded home a Dunn corner.

Natalie Cory added to her total, too. When the Break could not clear the ball out of their box, Cory was first to the ball and poked it past the stranded goalie from about three yards out. Molly Cory finished the scoring, as she received a long Utamsing throw in, and one-timed a low shot into the back of the net. The Panthers went on to win, 6-1.

In a game that featured the remaining two unbeatens, the Panthers flat out, dominated the Break, with many solid performances all around. Zarin Khan was great in goal; sisters Molly and Natalie Cory combined for three goals between them; and Sangeetha Srinivasan and Rachel Martin both worked hard controlling the midfield.

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