1/20/14 FVHS - 0 Marina - 0
Monday’s game at FVHS began with strong midfield play from the Barons who won a lot of possession and moved the ball forward to Reeves and Bracken. Unfortunately, they could not get behind this well organized Marina defense. Marina had tremendous speed on the outside flanks and tried to use this to their advantage. However strong defense from the Barons outside backs thwarted any chance of Marina getting into the Barons 18 yard box. This was a game of few chances for both teams and as the first half was ending it was apparent that 1 goal would be the deciding factor in this close fought contest. The second half was a mirror of the first half with Marina consistently playing towards their speedy outside players but for all their possession they could not break down a disciplined Baron midfield. The Barons finally got an opportunity to get on the score board when a long ball was sent in to the Marina 6 yard box and Hollers shot was cleared of the line by a marina defender. O so close to that one goal that would have sealed a victory. The game ended as it started with midfield players on both teams denying any goal scoring opportunity. Clean sheet for Marlow and the Baron defense. Overall, Coach Scott has to be satisfied with this result as Marina will cause teams problems as the season progresses. The Barons remain undefeated and the big game approaches next week against the ever strong Edison team. It promises to be a great game and the Barons will go in to this match with a lot of confidence.
1/16/14 Newport - 1 FVHS - 1
Barons remain undefeated in Sunset after a 1-1 tie at Newport…
This is one game that could have gone either way as both teams struggled to dictate the pace. This game was a scrappy match from the start as the Barons (not looking like their usual confident selves) were struggling to gain control of the game. It took one of their signature plays to break the deadlock early in the second half. Williams played a perfectly floated free kick met by Holler again out leaping the defense to head in the first goal. Unfortunately, Brittany Stevens had to leave the field due to an ankle sprain and Coach Goldman had to readjust his lineup. The second half began and the Barons took early control and created a number of opportunities to score the all-important second goal but just could not apply the finishing touch. The longer the game went on it became apparent that Newport where starting to pick up the pace and were causing problems for the Baron defense. With 12 minutes remaining the Barons where hanging on to their slender lead and hoping for the final whistle to come quickly. In the 10 minute, Newport's pressure resulting in the tying goal. Newport's lone striker received the ball on the 18 yard line and beat her mark to be left giving her a 1 vs 1 with Marlow. She then fired a perfect shot into the corner. This gave Newport confidence and they continued to apply pressure. With 7 minutes remaining it looked like the Newport striker was about to add a second goal as again she beat her marker and was 1 on 1 again with Marlow. This time Marlow made a magnificent foot save to deny a second Newport goal. The Barons where relieved to hear the final whistle and leave Newport with a 1-1 tie. Not the best performance by the Barons but they hung on and continue to lead the Sunset league after the first 3 games of the season. Tough game coming up against Marina on Tuesday.
1/14/14 FVHS - 3 Huntington Beach - 1
Discipline wins the day for the Barons as they beat a tough Oiler team. The Barons took control of the game early with B. Stevens and Holler winning a lot of possession in the middle and feeding forwards, Reeve and Bracken, who were putting a lot of pressure on the HB defense and causing them to play the long ball out of the back. The Barons finally got the goal they deserved from a 18 yard shot to the top corner from Reeve. 1-0 Barons. HB responded to going a goal down and it took a smart save from goalkeeper, Marlow to keep the score 1-0. Just before half time HB could have equalized on a corner when a Oiler attacker was unmarked but only the cross bar saved the Barons. Coach Goldman will ask questions as to why the HB attacker was left unmarked. Half time and the Barons lead 1-0. The second half started and again the Barons were strong in the midfield and goal #2 arrived 10 minutes into the half off a corner kick that Williams played short to Dinsmore who delivered a perfect cross over the HB keeper to Reeve was on hand to finish her second of the match. 2-0 Barons. The game was truly in the Barons control and the third goal was a beauty from Daye from 20 yards giving the HB keeper no chance. 3-0 Barons and they are coasting. However, with 12 minutes remaining HB scored on a corner and again the marking was none existent and a H/B attacker scored on a free header giving Allison no chance. The last 12 minutes saw a change and H/B started to dominate but the Barons held on for a very impressive 3-1 victory. For 70 minutes Coach Scott will have been pleased with the dominance but will have a few questions about the last 10 minutes and allowing H/B back in the game.Great start to the season 2-0-0 in Sunset. Another tough game on Thursday against Newport.
1/9/14 Tactics and game plan win the day for FVHS Girls Soccer
Los Alamitos - 1 FVHS - 2
Holler and Reeves secure a huge win for FVHS against a very athletic and dynamic Los Al team at the new turf field at Los Alamitos. What a truly great day for the girls soccer program to go into the home field of Los Al and secure a great win. From the start, the FVHS girls were disciplined, organized and did now allow Los Al to dictate the pace of the game. FVHS had a number of chances early to score but strong defense from Los Al thwarted the FVHS attack. Los Al posed great threat with their pace but the defense held strong, with Edwards and Callaghan stopping anything that came through the middle and with Dinsmore and C. Stevens on the outside. Los Al struggled to get past this strong defense. FVHS were first on the score board from a precise corner from Williams into the 6 yard box and Holler rising feet above the defense to head in the opening goal. Great start Barons. Later in the half, Los Al finally scored the tying goal on a defensive breakdown which resulted in a perfect chip over the rushing FVHS goalkeeper (Marlow). The first half ended in a 1-1 tie. From the start of the second, FV dictated the play with the midfield gaining control and stellar play from Williams, Holler, B.Stevens and O’Toole. 10 minutes into the second half, FV got the all important second goal. From a play that seemed dead, Garrett out hustled the Los Al defender, the ball fell into the path of Reeve and bang she hits the old onion sack and FV takes a 2-1 lead. Coach Goldman made some astute tactical moves and played a 4-5-1 system and it worked to a tee. FV held firm in the middle and the addition of Kemper as the extra mid did not allow Los Al any space. Not only was the defense strong, but Marlow stood tall in the FV goal and stopped anything that came her way.
Great start to the season!
FVHS Girls Varsity soccer finished the pre season with 9 wins and all bodes well for Sunset league. Results over the pre season have been well received and Coach Scott can be very happy with a 9 win pre season. The team has really started to blend well with the defense holding strong and the midfield players starting to connect well and transition fast from the defensive end to the offensive end. Sunset league begins Thursday at a tough Los Alamitos team but they are not expecting to see this well organized team as their opposition. Sunset league is one of the strongest leagues for any sport but this year there are high hopes for our girls soccer team to achieve a CIF play off spot.
Best of luck to the Barons for the upcoming season!
12/17/13 FVHS - 1 Godinez - 1
It was a game of missed chances…
FVHS started strong and their first chance fell to Kasey Reeve after Jessica Bracken split the defense with a through pass but the Godinez goalkeeper kept the score at 0-0. After some strong pressure the goal finally came mid-way through the first half. A corner kick from Leigha Williams was met by Brittany Stevens and forced into the net giving the Barons a much deserved 1-0 lead. But no sooner had FVHS got in front, they gave up the lead as result of a corner kick that allowed an unmarked Godinez player to score the equalizer. The half ended with the score 1-1.The second half saw FVHS dominate and create many chances but today the finishing was not something Coach Goldman will be all too happy with. Solid play from Valerie Holler, Leigha Williams, Brittney Stevens and Abby O’Toole in the midfield helped create chances but FVHS could not find that winning goal and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
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