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Another shutout, blowout for La Cañada girls' soccer

Soccer: Spartans rout Temple City, 6-0, to remain undefeated on season at 12-0.

January 24, 2014|By Nathan Cambridge
  • La Canada's Katherine Sheehy makes a goal attempt with Temple City's Alexxis Molinar and Sara Kubo defending during a match at La Cañada High on Friday, January 24, 2014.
La Canada's Katherine Sheehy makes a goal attempt… (Roger Wilson / Staff…)

LA CAÑADA — It had been so far, so good for the La Cañada High girls’ soccer team this season. Even more, it had been so far, so perfect for the Spartans in the win column on the campaign, with the squad garnering 11 wins in 11 games going into their third Rio Hondo league contest.

The Spartans put that unblemished record on the line when they welcomed Temple City to their home pitch in a Rio Hondo League matchup Friday afternoon. La Cañada had no problem handling the Rams and came away with a 6-0 victory.

PHOTOS: La Cañada High girls’ soccer routs Temple City to remain undefeated

“A lot of different girls scored and we were very organized defensively,” Spartan Coach Louie Bilotwitz said. “We played [Temple City] earlier this season and the score was [a] 3-0 [victory in the Duarte Tournament championship game] and we’ve obviously improved a lot since then. That’s the goal of any coach: To see his team get and better and better.”

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The Spartans (12-0, 3-0 in league) have now posted their seventh straight shutout and they remain perfect on the season, still yet to yield a goal in Rio Hondo League play.

“Our goalkeeper [Kaitlyn Corrall] joined us late,” Bilotwitz said. “[After] she finally joined the team, we haven’t given up a goal since then. I think we have [seven] straight shutouts. It’s not just her, it’s the defense too. It’s a great combination.”

The youth movement produced Friday for La Cañada with five of its six goals coming from underclassmen, led by the contest’s only multiple-goal scorer in Megan Reilly, who netted two while playing three different positions throughout the game.

It was sophomore Katherine Sheehy who started the scoring in the game’s 11th minute. Working through the middle, senior Brianna Albarian touched the ball to junior Cassy Quiring, who passed it into space on the right side of the box, where Sheehy timed her run to meet it and hammer home a low shot across the face of the goalkeeper and into the net.

“Our coach just told us to keep continuing to make diagonal runs,” Sheehy said, “and that’s what we did and it paid off.”

Eighteen minutes later, Sheehy added an assist when she beat her defender with a cutback dribble deep in the right side of the box before sending a pass across to Albarian, who put it away with a soft shot for a 2-0 lead.

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