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GIRLS' VARSITY SOCCER SCAVENGES A WIN FROM THE PIRATES, GETS BACK ON TRACK by Max gilberg (STORY / PHOTOS) & JOsh cohen (sTORY / Video)

The girls’ varsity soccer team shut out the Drake Pirates on Tuesday, Dec. 5, winning by a final score of 5-0. Coming off a devastating 0-4 loss to Tamalpais (Tam) on Dec. 2, the Giants wanted to approach this game with a focused and intense mentality.

Senior co-captain Hannah Halford moves ball upfield.

“After our pretty tough loss against Tam this past weekend, we really wanted to come back strong and come into the game confident,” junior midfielder Georgia Bennett said. “We knew if we won this game we would have really good momentum going into the Montgomery game.”

Junior Georgia Bennett rushes towards flying ball in the air.

After only having one day to practice and prepare following the disappointing loss to Tam, Redwood players, including junior midfielder Maddie Pero, had specific goals and aspects of their game they wanted to improve before entering their game against Drake.

Junior Maddie Pero makes move on defender

“We’re doing a better job on producing shots,” said Pero. “We only hit one or two shots against Tam so it’s important that we’re always shooting and testing the goalkeeper.”

Pero shoots penalty shot.

Redwood did just that against the Pirates, immediately controlling the tempo of the game and taking advantage of crucial opportunities that led to two goals in the first half, one from freshman Shannon Watridge in the 27th minute and a goal from senior co-captain Hannah Halford later in the half.

Halford attacks Drake defense.
Freshman Shannon Watridge attempts to out-run defender.
Sophomore Sophia Curtaz boots free kick.

Going into the second half with a strong 2-0 lead, Redwood continued to dominate the game with a goal from Bennett early on.

“When I saw the ball go in the back of the net I felt great,” Bennett said. “I was so happy, it’s my first goal of the season so I was pretty proud of myself.”

Senior Stella Campodonico crosses ball to teammates.

Redwood heightened their lead to a final score of 5-0 by controlling the possession with strong defense, impressive ball handling and passing. The final two goals came off of a rebounded missed shot off the crossbar by Pero in the 69th minute, and a volley goal by sophomore Anouk Guilhaume during the final minutes of the game.

Sophomore Anouk Guilhaume celebrating with teammates after scoring a volley goal.
Drake goalie kicks ball back to midfield.

The Giants’ defense was indestructible, bouncing back from their dismal performance against Tam on Saturday, Dec. 2. Redwood has lost senior Lauren Blazei, co-captain and key defensive back, for the season due to a torn ACL. Therefore, it was crucial for the Giants’ defense to get back to doing what they’re best at: giving their opponent nothing.

“It was a tough blow losing Lauren, especially because we have had the same back line for almost three years, so having one person out definitely threw us out of sync,” said senior co-captain and defensive back Audrey Peck. “However, fortunately, we have a really deep team, and we can fill the void to the best of our ability.”

Sophomore Delaney Anderson maintains ball looking for nearby teammates.

Redwood will next face Montgomery in an away match in Santa Rosa on Thursday, Dec. 7.

“We want to go strong into the next game, we’re really ready. Even though we won this game we can’t let down our guard,” Bennett said. “We’ve never played Montgomery, so we don’t really know how they are as a team or what to expect so we just have to be confident and be ready and go in hard.”

Junior Julia Scharf fights for ball with nearby opponent.
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