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Central girls soccer team downs Imperial, 4-0

January 12, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS, Sports Editor

IMPERIAL — Ana Nava erupted for four goals Friday night as Central Union High's girls soccer team blitzed host Imperial High 5-0.

"I didn't do it by myself," Nava said. "I had help. You have to give the team credit.

"I was just the one who took the shots," she added.

Spartans coach Nabil Noujaim was particularly pleased with Central's defense, especially the play of goalie Clarissa Maldonado.

"She had never played soccer before," Noujaim said of Maldonado, who registered her sixth shutout of the season.

Noujaim also praised the defensive play of his fullbacks, including Jamie Gray, Brenda Galindo, Stormie Morton and Alma Gutierrez.

Equally impressive was Nava, who pointed out she is averaging about two goals a game. She scored two goals in each half.

Her first goal midway through the first period gave Central a 2-0 lead. She rifled a shot from the right side that slipped through the Imperial keeper's hands as she reached up for the ball.

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Nava's second goal came from down low. Again from the right side, Nava hammered the ball just under the hands of Tiger goalie Pricilla Andrade, snaking the ball just inside the right upright.

Nava's two second-half goals scored from farther out in the middle of the field.

The one that completed her hat trick came within the first two minutes of the second half, nearly equaling the Spartans' fast start in the first half.

Morton scored that first Central goal off a direct kick. A minute into the contest, an Imperial defender was called for a hand-ball about 20 yards out.

"It was a set play," Noujaim said of Morton's goal, which lofted over the Tigers' wall of defense and just out of reach of the Imperial goalie before settling into the cage.

Central took more than two dozen shots on goal. Imperial managed less than a dozen.

Crystal Canez and Andrea Thompson provided the bulk of attacking punch for the Tigers up top. Each time, though, the shot was wide of Maldonado, who came up with the save.

After Nava's fourth and final goal, Imperial went numb. Over the final 15 minutes of the contest the Tigers failed to get off a shot while Central took a half-dozen.

Imperial is still trying to come together as a team," said first-year coach Marco Andrade. "We lost five of six good players from last year who were seniors."

Central (8-6-1 overall, 2-0-1 league), hits the road for a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Holtville High. Imperial (2-4 overall) travels to Brawley High for a 6:30 p.m. contest Tuesday.

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