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Dons players show support for teammate

02/10/2014, 9:47pm PST
By Craig Malveaux

Girls ‘there for each other’ after unexpected death of Cathedral sophomore’s dad.

Cathedral Catholic senior Brittany Doan (shown in a game last season) scored the first goal for the Dons on Monday.

Heavy-hearted, the Cathedral Catholic Dons wore orange ribbons in their hair during a nonleague soccer match against visiting Point Loma on Monday.

The gesture was in memory of Olivia Erlbeck’s father, who was laid to rest that morning after dying Feb. 4 from a heart attack. Kurt Erlbeck was 50.

“It was tough for me, but it meant a great deal to me to see all of my teammates out their showing their support for me and honoring my dad,” Olivia said.

Empowered by her father’s memory, the sophomore midfielder scored two goals in the second half as Cathedral Catholic eased past Point Loma 7-1.

“I played for him,” Olivia said.

From tipoff, the Dons controlled possession, creating numerous opportunities to score. However, for the first 15 minutes, Cathedral couldn’t convert. Then senior forward Brittany Doan headed a ball past the Pointers’ keeper.

That started the barrage. Cathedral scored a pair to cap the first half with a 3-0 cushion before piling on four more.

Alyssa Fides, Paige Haley, Sunny Dunphy and Dana Dalton all chipped in goals for the No. 2-ranked Dons (17-2-3), who remain unblemished against San Diego Section opponents.

Point Loma freshman forward Riley O’Toole scored the lone goal for the Pointers (8-8-1) on a counterattack in the second half.

“It’s hard to put into words because it’s been very emotional for Olivia and all of us the last five days,” said Cathedral coach Dawn Lee. “But tonight was a testament to all of them. They all want to play for each other and play for Olivia and her dad. It’s so touching and this moment means so much more to me than any victory or anything else, having these girls go through a crisis together as a team and being there for each other.”

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