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CVCA girls soccer shows off finishing touch, routs Woodridge

by Michael Leonard Sports Editor Published: September 4, 2016 12:00 AM

So far on the young season, it has been feast or famine for the Woodridge girls soccer team.

Following a 5-1 loss to Revere and an 8-0 win over Ravenna, the Bulldogs welcomed backyard rival Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy to Lahoski Field Aug. 29.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it was CVCA which was feasting this night.

The Royals displayed a clinical finishing touch, as they scored a 6-0 win over the Bulldogs.

Because of weather issues, this was CVCA's first completed game of the season. Woodridge dropped to 1-2.

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CVCA coach Mario Houston didn't have anything to criticize, especially since it was his team's first full contest.

"Playing for your first time, so much is just trying to follow your game plan and we did that tonight," Houston said. "We know playing on this turf, it's a lot slower than what we're used to. We do have a lot of options this year."

Meanwhile, Woodridge coach Jason Allenspach was happy with his team's effort, noting CVCA just had too many weapons.

"They're a well-balanced team," Allenspach said of the Royals. "They can pick apart a defense in several ways. I knew full well something like this could happen. I feel like we played a good game, even if the score didn't show it."

Houston noted his team had to play a more direct style on the slower turf at Lahoski Field. That led to a coming out party for Royals freshman forward Amanda Winquist.

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The speedy freshman made life miserable for the Bulldogs' backline all night. Winquist opened the scoring for CVCA in the 15th minute with a long run down the left sideline, followed by a high shot over Woodridge goaltender Mary Bates.

"Once she got in, you knew there was going to be trouble," Allenspach said of Winquist. "She reminds me of Brittany Charles."

Less than two minutes later, CVCA doubled its lead, thanks to a brilliant shot across the goal by sophomore Kenzie Spodnik.

Woodridge attempted to answer and managed a pair of shots on net in the first half, but could not find its way past CVCA keeper Anna Mitchell.

In the 35th minute, Winquist got her second of the night after a long run, beating Bates in another one-on-one situation.

Then, senior Toni Costa found the net with a rocket shot from the top of the box, making it 4-0 at halftime.

The goals kept coming, and increasing in quality, in the second half for the Royals.

In the 44th minute, senior Jaya Wilson put in a beautiful shot from a tight angle to make it 5-0.

Finally, freshman Maddie Critzer may have scored the best goal of the night in the 67th minute. Critzer collected the ball at the top of the box, turned and launched a shot into the upper 90, giving Bates no chance.

Bates made several big saves to keep the game from getting out of hand. She finished with eight saves, as CVCA had a 16-2 edge in shots on goal.

"Woodridge is a pretty good squad," Houston said. "We like to play them to give us a test."

Woodridge was set to host Berlin Hiland Sept. 3, but results were not available at press time. The Bulldogs will host Canal Fulton Northwest Sept. 6 before travelling to Cloverleaf Sept. 8. Kickoff both nights is at 7 p.m.

CVCA had a full week off, as the Royals will travel to Western Reserve Academy Sept. 8 at 5 p.m.

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