|On February 16, 2010 the Scotts Valley Falcons played the San Lorenzo Valley Cougars at San Lorenzo Valley High School. The weather was clear while the field conditions were excellent. The Cougars entered the game with a season record of 7 wins, 9 losses and 1 tie. The Cougars had a league record in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League (SCCAL) of 2 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie. The Cougars are a hard working soccer team.
The first half started with the Falcons attacking quickly on the Cougar defense. The Falcons scored in the 5th minute when Aly Bothman headed the ball into the middle of the Cougar box where Emily Payne quickly knocked the ball into the net for the score. The Falcons scored in the 8th minute when Jordin Carlson kicked the ball into the back of the net after a penalty kick was called on the Cougars for a handball in their box. The Falcons scored again in the 18th minute when Amy McDowell kicked the ball from 25 yards out into the Cougar net after the assist from Emily Payne. The first half had the Falcons with 10 shots on goal while the Cougars had 1 shot on goal. The half ended with the score being, Scotts Valley 3 to San Lorenzo Valley 0.
The second half started with both teams coming out strong and aggressive. The Falcons scored in the 49th minute when Emily Payne scored from 20 yards out after the assist from Amy McDowell. The second half had the Falcons with 4 shots on goal while the Cougars had 1 shot on goal. The game ended with the score being, Scotts Valley 4 to San Lorenzo Valley 0.
The Falcon defense once again led the way while registering its 14th shutout in 18 games this season. The team defense has only allowed 56 shots on their goal while only allowing 6 goals in 18 games. Freshman goalkeeper Emily Johnson played the first 70 minutes while saving 1 shot on goal and recording her 14th shutout. Junior goalkeeper Ali Ayers played 10 minutes, saved 1 shot on goal and did not allow a goal. The defensive backfield stopped the Cougar attack the entire game with a phenomenal performance by senior captain Brittany Kuo, senior Kelsey Baskovich, sophomore Kalynn Morano, junior captain Aly Bothman and freshman Kacey Lilly. Special kudos go to senior Brittany Kuo and senior Kelsey Baskovich for another steadfast game.
The Falcon midfielders played extremely well controlling the ball and initiating the attack. The midfielders were led by senior captain Kailey Payne, senior Amy McDowell, junior Aly Bothman, freshman Madison Black, sophomore Kathryn Balch, senior Michelle Hunter, sophomore Jaemi Mansfield and sophomore Ranae Maloney. Special kudos for a great game go to senior Amy McDowell and senior Kailey Payne for consistently being in the offensive attack.
The Falcon forwards played a tireless and ever pressing style of pressuring the Cougar defense. The Falcon forwards were led by sophomore Emily Payne, sophomore captain Jordin Carlson, sophomore Taylor Rohde, junior Keara McCullough and senior Riley McFall. The Falcon offense has now scored 46 goals while putting 201 shots on the oppositions goal this season. Special kudos for having a great game with their performance and tenacity on the Cougar defense goes to sophomore Emily Payne and sophomore Jordin Carlson.
The team played with the heart of a Falcon and never gave in. The Falcons now have a season record of 13 wins, 2 losses and 3 ties. The Falcons have a league record in the SCCAL of 9 wins, 0 losses and 2 ties. The Falcons are on top of the SCCAL with one league game remaining.