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Bruins blank Rockets, move into three-way tie for second

Columbia High blanked Trico Division leader Castle Rock, 3-0, there last Thursday to move into a three-way tie for second place in Trico girls soccer standings.

Dayan Garcia, Johanna Zimbelman and Whitney Reynier tallied goals for the Bruins, who raised their Trico mark to 3-1 and improved to 4-2 overall.

"Again our rookies made an impact immediately, with Dayan Garcia scoring her first goal of the season," Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga said.

The Bruins also got outstanding efforts from midfielders Shannon McNallan, Naomi Halpern, Reynier and Anna Anderson, and Chelan (Chani) Weiler, in a new role.

"Chani replaced Kaci Kreps in the center of our defense, which allowed an easy evening for goalkeeper Kelsey Kidd," Kasenga said. "Chani controlled the ball, played with confidence and attacked when appropriate."

Toledo/Winlock United 1, at Columbia High:

The only goal of the Sept. 26 friendly came in the 46th minute of play.

United's Yayaa Crocker scored on a breakaway six minutes into the second half, beating a trio of CHS defenders, then goalkeeper Kelsey Kidd with a shot into the right side of the net.

That was all United needed, though the Bruins mounted several second-half attacks to keep United goalkeeper Ellen Stiedel busy. Stiedel finished the shutout victory with 13 saves.

"Our formation was perfect and the game was well matched," Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga noted. "However, the difference was that our 16 shots recorded were just above 50 percent on goal, while Toledo/Winlock's percentage was 100 percent on goal."

The win was United's fourth in six tries. The loss dropped Columbia's overall record to 3-2.

Said Kasenga: "We were prepared for a tough match, as we had faced them in the playoffs two years ago, with the same result."


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