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Westview speed upsets Steele Canyon

02/25/2014, 9:09pm PST
By Craig Malveaux

Wolverines advance to Open Division semifinals against Torrey Pines next Tuesday

Westview players savor one of the Wolverines' two goals against Steele Canyon.

— Counterattacking Steele Canyon, Westview punctured the Cougars’ defense, creating multiple chances to score.

But like their first matchup, when the Cougars won 3-1 in December, the Wolverines couldn’t finish their chances.

That changed 25 minutes into the first half.

No. 5 Westview slotted two goals within minutes of each other, upsetting No. 4 Steele Canyon two-nil on the road in the San Diego Section Open Division girls soccer quarterfinals Tuesday.

The Wolverines (15-6-6) advance to the semifinals, traveling to Torrey Pines next Tuesday to take on the top-seeded Falcons (22-1-1), who defeated Westview twice in Palomar League competition.

“We knew we had some speed on them up top,” said Westview coach Peter Stogsdill, “so we tried to build up our attack and get the ball behind them and give our attackers opportunities to score. I thought we were very effective, particularly in the first half.”

Laura Buck opened the scoring. Collecting a rebound on an attempt punched out by Steele Canyon’s keeper, the junior forward curled in a shot for a 1-0 Westview lead.

Minutes later, the Wolverines added to it. Senior forward Angel Meriwether tamed a lob pass on a counterattack and netted a shot into the lower right corner at the 10:37 mark in the first half.

Steele Canyon (19-5) positioned more attackers up front but couldn’t build an attack or claw the ball from Westview’s midfield.

“We were going for the kill too much in the first half,” Stogsdill said. “All I wanted them to do in the second half was to settle down, maintain possession and pick their moments so that we could protect the lead and finish the match out.”

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