|On March 6, 2010 the Scotts Valley Falcons played the Santa Cruz Cardinals at Valley Christian High School in San Jose. The #1 seeded Falcons were playing the #3 seeded Cardinals in the Central Coast Section (CCS) Division III Finals. Both teams are from the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League (SCCAL) and are competitive league rivals. The Cardinals entered the game with a season record of 14 wins, 3 losses and 4 ties. The Cardinals are a talented squad of strong experienced athletes, fast and well coached.
The first half had both teams coming out aggressive. The Falcons had several threats towards putting the ball in the goal but the Cardinal defense kept them out. The first half had the Falcons with 2 shots on goal while the Cardinals had 1 shot on goal. The half ended with the score being, Scotts Valley 0 to Santa Cruz 0.
The second half again was intense with several runs being made by both teams. Both defenses held while not allowing many shots on goal. The Cardinals scored in the 53rd minute when Carmela Roberts scored after receiving the assist from Ashlee Wilhelmsen. The Falcons then put up a fierce attempt of trying to get the goal back but the Cardinal defense and their goalkeeper, Stephanie Busch kept them out of their goal. The second half had the Falcons with 2 shots on goal while the Cardinals had 3 shots on goal. The game ended with the score being, Santa Cruz 1 to Scotts Valley 0.
The Falcon defense once again was solid and fantastic. The Falcon defenders stopped and countered the talented Cardinal players most of the game. The defense was led by senior captain Brittany Kuo, senior Kelsey Baskovich, junior captain Aly Bothman, sophomore Kalynn Morano and freshman Kacey Lilly.
Also having a great game was freshman goalkeeper Emily Johnson. Emily had several key saves to keep the ball out of the Falcon net. She ended up having several impressive goalkeeping stats for the season. Emily ended up playing 1648 minutes in the goal, allowed 5 goals, had 67 saves, a .243 Goals Allowed Average (GAA) and 17 shutouts in 22 games this season. The entire Falcon defense had a spectacular year while only allowing 70 shots on their goal all season.
The Falcon midfielders played with energy and passion. The Falcon midfielders controlled the ball and strung several passes together on a regular basis to mount their attack. The midfielders were led by senior captain Kailey Payne, freshman Madison Black, senior Amy McDowell, junior Aly Bothman, senior Michelle Hunter, sophomore Kathryn Balch, sophomore Ranae Maloney and sophomore Jaemi Mansfield.
The Falcons forwards put tireless pressure on the Cardinal team numerous times during the game. The forwards used their speed and agility to make runs and put shots at the Cardinal goal. The forwards were led by sophomore captain Jordin Carlson, sophomore Emily Payne, junior Keara McCullough and sophomore Taylor Rohde. The Falcon offense ended up putting 225 shots on the oppositions goal and scoring 49 times in 22 games this season.
The young Falcons finished off a great season with a record of 15 wins, 3 losses and 4 ties. The Falcon players consisted of 6 seniors, 3 juniors, 8 sophomores and 5 freshmen. The upperclassmen were instrumental in leading this team to a second place finish in the CCS Division III bracket and winning the SCCAL Championship. The underclassmen should be proud for how they contributed to making this team a force to deal with all season long.