GARDEN VALLEY — In the nonleague opener for both girls soccer teams, El Dorado and Golden Sierra played a physical contest. But the host Grizzlies found the net that led to a 2-0 victory over the Cougars.
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The game was tied at 0-all at halftime before Golden Sierra (1-0) scored its goals in the second half; the first off the foot of midfielder Mariah Fernandez and the other as midfielder Kaleigh Brothers punched in a shot from short distance. Bailey Hegge assisted on Fernandez’ goal.
Prior to the goals, Golden Sierra and El Dorado (0-1) battled as if each was in mid-season form — despite each having less a half-dozen practices prior to the game.
“It was very good for our first game of the season,” Golden Sierra head coach David Gleason said. “We have girls coming out from basketball who haven’t had a lot of practice time. I believe they will get better. We were a little rough around the edges, and we’ll get better as the weeks go by.”
Gleason has nine seniors on this year’s team, all of whom contributed on last year’s squad that took second place in the Sierra Delta League and went 10-5-2. In addition, junior midfielders Rachel Hansen and Mellisa Comstock return as part of the 15-player roster.
New El Dorado head coach Chris Herman was also pleased with his squad’s intensity on defense against the Grizzlies.
“This was a great test for us,” Herman said. “I feel we stuck together with some good runs. It was a good fight until the end. We’ve got some things to work on and some formations to try.”
Returning to the Cougars this season are senior sweeper Lizzie Alexander and midfielder Trinidi Esparza, both captains.
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