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Providence High girls' soccer scores all of its goals in first half in win over Glendale Adventist

Soccer: Pioneers get out to quick start, limit Cougars' chances in notching 4-0 Liberty League victory.

January 23, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

PASADENA — Both the Providence High and Glendale Adventist Academy girls’ soccer programs have struggled to field and maintain teams this season.

“We didn’t even know just before the season started if we were even going to have a team this year,” said Pioneers Coach Kordo Doski, who had just four players on his bench Thursday for a game against the Cougars. “We do have a few good players, but a lot of these girls have never even played soccer before. We are having to teach them the fundamentals of the game.”

For the Liberty League contest at Villa Parke Community Center in Pasadena, Glendale Adventist had only two reserve players.

“We are the same way. We have girls who have never played before,” Cougars Coach Danny Castanaza said.

“We have a very small school, so a lot of the players are involved in other things and they have those obligations as well. And what makes it tough is that we don’t even have a field to practice on. We have our practices on the blacktop.”

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As thin as they both might have been, the two programs met for the first time this season in Thursday’s league matchup. The Pioneers were able to get off to a quick start, scoring all of the contest’s goals in the first half, to earn a 4-0 victory.

“It’s nice to be out here playing and to be able to have a team this year,” said Providence’s Rose Avakian, who scored two goals. “I’ve been playing soccer since I was little and if we wouldn’t have had a team this year it would have been really bad. But we’re all out here and we’re trying our best.”

From the opening whistle of the first half, the Pioneers (2-3, 2-1 in league) dictated the tempo of the match. Providence enjoyed its share of scoring opportunities early on and its defense didn’t allow the Cougars (1-5, 1-4) to generate many chances of their own.

While keeping the ball primarily in the Glendale Adventist half in the opening minutes, the Pioneers finally cashed in on an opportunity in the ninth minute. Ally Casella got control of the ball on the right side 40 yards from the Glendale Adventist goal with two defenders blanketing her. She was able to flick the ball over the defenders, ran down the ball and blasted a shot for a goal past goalkeeper Jennifer Matsuda.

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