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Soccer Girls Overpower Opponents In Wins
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Outscoring their opponents by an 11-0 margin, the varsity Lady Cougars put two wins on the books this week in soccer.

They shut out Amador 2-0 on the road Tuesday, March 15 and then opened up the Trans-Valley League season with a convincing 9-0 win at home Thursday, March 17 against Ripon Christian.

"We played very well at Amador, they didn't get a shot off in the first half," said coach Craig Humrichouse. "We scored our two goals in the first half, Kacey Ball scored with an assist from Paige Fulgieri, and Paige scored unassisted on a beautiful shot from her right wing spot."

It was a game that the Lady Cougars controlled from the opening whistle, added the coach.

"To show the domination, we had 24 shots on goal to their eight," he pointed out. "We had nine corner kicks, they had one."

Goalie Sarah Quiroz turned back all five shots from Amador, credited with the saves.

The JV girls also took the field against Amador, getting in one game for the week.

JV coach Jamie Humrichouse said her girls earned a 3-1 win, with goals from Faryn Bolls, unassisted; Yuri Serrano on an assist from Megan Moore; Valerie Durham on an assist from Serrano.

At home for the Trans-Valley League opener on Thursday, the varsity girls hammered visiting Ripon Christian, winning by a final of 9-0.

"Our keeper, Sarah Quiroz, didn't touch the ball," said Humrichouse. "We just totally dominated, they only brought the ball over the center line a couple of times."

Quiroz, who could have done her homework while the Cougars were scoring at will, stayed alert but had no action.

"We should have given her popcorn and a soda and just let her watch," quipped Humrichouse, noting that it was the first time in his many years of coaching he has been involved in a game where the goalie did not touch the ball once.

"It's just something that never happens," the coach added. "I've seen hundreds of soccer matches and that's the first time in my 25 years of coaching that I've ever seen that happen."

The defense played superb and the offense was clicking on all cylinders as the Lady Cougars earned their first league win.

Kristine Lima had four goals on the afternoon to lead the team, starting off the scoring with a goal, assisted by Jacki Garside. Fulgieri tallied next, the assist coming from Kacey Ball. Then it was Kara Fisher scoring, Ball getting the assist; followed by Ball scoring unassisted. Lima then tallied again, assisted by Fulgieri, Ball scored with an assist from Nikki Plott, Lima scored with an assist from Ashley Brown and Garside and Lima rounded out the scoring, both putting in goals unassisted.

"Defensively, Ashley Brown and Aprille Ray did well, as did Jacki Garside and Megan Brown, I brought her up from the JV team," said Humrichouse. "Just a ton of kudos for the defense and especially Aprille, she has just been a dominant player for us defensively."

Humrichouse also pointed to Fisher's effort on the day as a strong one for the team, including a "picture perfect" goal.

"We had 25 shots on goal, five corner kicks," he added.

The girls were scheduled to host Riverbank in Tuesday action, March 22 after The Times went to press and will play at Hilmar on Thursday, March 24. Following spring break, league action resumes on Tuesday, April 5 with a game at Patterson.