Claudia McKail scored three goals and Sabryna Pedroza scored one for Canyon High varsity girls soccer en route to a 4-0 shutout on the road against Lancaster High on Tuesday afternoon.
“Claudia has the ability to create opportunity not only for herself but for the players around her,” said coach Derek Rusk. “She’s been the center of our offense for us since preseason.”
The victory is also an indicator that Canyon (2-3-1) is finding its way with its back line, which has been re-arranged multiple times throughout the season.
The defense didn’t allow a single shot on goal, according to Rusk.
The Cowboys competed without forward and captain Alyssa Aguilar, who will be out one to two weeks after suffering a rib contusion in Saturday’s game against Poly of Pasadena. Aguilar also missed the first game of the season due to club commitments.
Her absence, however, has allowed the team to grow.
“It’s given others a chance to improve their game and get that confidence that they can produce,” Rusk said. “So when Alyssa does come back, she’s going to have players that are more confident on the ball and can play with her.”
Over the break, Canyon will take part in the Hart Showcase tournament for the first time since 2013. They begin league play on Jan. 10.
“It’s been a process for us in the preseason where we just wanted to improve game by game, and we’ve been doing that and the ultimate goal is to be ready and geared up for league,” Rusk said.
Hart 4, Thousand Oaks 0
All of the pieces are coming together for Hart High girls soccer, and it’s happening faster than usual.
The Indians shut out Thousand Oaks on Tuesday morning, improving their record to 6-1-1. It was their third shutout of the season.
“Early in the year, sometimes we tend to not spark right away and so it’s normal for us to have some tough games in preseason,” said coach Guilherme Mitrovitch. “This year we had some tough games, but I feel like this year things are coming along earlier.”
Four different players scored and four different players had assists.
Alyssa Irwin, a freshman, scored the first goal and was assisted by Allison Long. Taylor Scott, assisted by Mia Labrador, scored after that to put Hart up 2-0 going into halftime.
On the other side of the half, Rachel Melvin assisted on an Elizabeth MacArthur goal. Freshman Tori Waldeck scored the final goal with help from Caitlin Piper.
“I think today this game as the perfect example that we have a lot of depth this year,” Mitrovitch said. “Everybody feels comfortable and on the same page, so it’s easier for people to step in.”
The Indians will host the Hart Showcase tournament over the holiday break on Dec. 28, 29 and 30. Foothill League schools Canyon High and Saugus High will also take part in the event.