Girls’ soccer: Survival of the wettest

first_img“It wasn’t that bad at the time, but it definitely got worse,” said Etcher, who lifted the Conquistadores (18-2-4) into Wednesday’s semifinal match against No. 4 Hamilton of West Los Angeles. “I saw the ball there and I knew I just had to shoot it. (In this weather) you take every opportunity you can get.” Etcher was one of several ECR players that repeatedly sacrificed their body on the water-logged field to intercept passes or deflect shots, with Lindsey Forte, Sasha Scott and Erin O’Leary all doing their part to protect the lead. Chelsea Forte helped the Conquistadores dodge a bullet late in the first half by heading a shot off the goal line and Ashley Menin came up with one of the biggest saves of her career on a point-blank stop from six yards in the 68th minute. “It’s definitely one of the special (wins),” said Menin, who dedicated the victory to fellow senior Erin Kelly (sidelined with food poisoning). “I don’t want our dynasty to end.” The celebratory dive in the mud was just an added bonus. The members of the El Camino Real of Woodland Hills girls’ soccer team already had their powder blue uniforms completely covered with the remnants of what used to be their field during Thursday’s City Section quarterfinal match. Chatsworth (9-10-3), which saw its winless streak against ECR reach 15, had one last surge that produced two throw-ins and a corner kick in the final minute. But Nicole Voets’ six-yard shot sailed over the crossbar just before the final whistle blew. “These girls come to El Camino Real to play in big games, to play for championships and to be challenged,” ECR coach Eric Choi said. “They knew they were in for a game and they came through. Give Chatsworth credit. They played us hard every game this season.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img But the Conquistadores couldn’t resist the opportunity to slip and slide around one more time in the aftermath of another hard-fought victory over rival Chatsworth. Despite play being severely hampered by a driving rainstorm, Katie Etcher managed to sneak a shot past Chatsworth goalkeeper Dana Moreno in the 45th minute to lead top-seed ECR to a 1-0 victory, its 29th in a row in the postseason. last_img read more

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first_imgLazar Markovic is on the verge of joining Liverpool from Benfica, having completed a medical.The Serbia star, 20, is set to become Brendan Rodgers’ fourth summer signing following the additions of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can.Markovic earned rave reviews for Benfica last season, and also attracted the attentions of Chelsea, but the Reds appear to have won the race for the £25-rated man.Check out his best bits here and leave your comments below…last_img