Santa Clarita, CA – On Friday, February 23, girls soccer played the Saddleback Valley Christian Warriors in the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals. The Warriors boast the country’s leading goal scorer and leader in assists, which meant the Cardinals had their hands full. At the final whistle, the Cardinals were the 3-2 winners and on their way to the semifinals.
The first half didn’t quite start off the way the Cardinals had hoped, Mej Carpentier, the nations leading scorer, struck early giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead.
A few minutes later, the Cardinals were awarded a free kick deep in their offensive zone. In the midst of a Scuffle, Carpentier scored an own goal and tied the game at 1-1.
Arianna Sonnenberg played aggressively in goal and sacrificed her body to prevent a shot. She came up with the ball and gave back possession to the Cardinals.
The second half went much differently. Early on Sydney Boswell struck for the Cardinals giving them a 2-1 lead. A few minutes later Boswell struck again giving the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. Elyana Edwards and Julia Phillipps each recorded an assist.
The Cardinals appeared to have the game in hand, but Carpentier made it interesting by scoring her second goal with approximately 20 minutes left in the game. A tense twenty minutes for the fans and the players later, the Cardinals walked off the field victorious.
They play in their semifinal game on Tuesday, February 27, at College of the Canyons against Azusa High School. Azusa is 12-9-2 overall and finished 7-3 in the Montview League. Their road to the semifinals has included victories over St. Paul, Vasquez, and St. Bernard. We hope to see many of you out there to support our Lady Cardinals!