Coleman Returns, Soccer Defeats Alhambra

Jaime Brown, Staff Writer

The girls’ soccer team pulled out a victory over Alhambra, 2-0, at home on Wednesday, January 29.

Junior Bridget Coleman returned for the first time after spraining her ankle in a game against Miramonte. “We picked up a new formation last week when I was not playing, so it was a little hard to adjust,” she said.  “I was a little hesitant to make certain runs, but I think [the injury] didn’t stop me,” she said.

Coleman is not yet completely recovered from the injury. “Towards the end of the week, I’ll be ready to go,” she said.

Captain Lauren Petite, normally a defender, played forward during the game. “My sophomore year I played forward, but in club I always played defense,” she said. “They were double-blocking Emily Orwig, one of our major forwards, so I think putting me up there opened her up.” According to Petite, the team played a new formation, packing in the midfield to strengthen the offensive plays. “It seems to be working really well,” she said.

“I think the team played great tonight,” sophomore Lisa Bramley said. “We were great on offense and defense.”

Coach Ernesto Silva agreed. “I think this is one of our better games in the last 5 or 6 matches,” he said.

Petite believes scoring early and quickly will help the team’s success in the future. “I think we had a lot of scoring opportunities and we shouldn’t have had a tied game at the half,” she said. “There’s always room for improvement.”

“We kind of have a target on our back,” Coleman said, explaining that they are neck-and-neck with Miramonte in the league standings after losing to them. “We have to go out and win,” Coleman said.