Wildcats soccer blanks Lancers 6-0

Utush scores three goals
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Placer Herald Correspondent
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Halfway through their Capital Athletic League schedule, the Whitney varsity girls soccer team now stands at 2-3 after defeating visiting Cordova 6-0 on Friday.

The six goals were the Wildcats’ highest points output of the season overtaking an earlier 5-1 victory over Terra Linda.

The goal outburst may well be contributed to Whitney head coach Ana Jones’ challenge to her team.

“We have a reputation to protect,” said Jones after the game. “Knowing that Rio Americano beat this team 5-0, we knew we had to do something like that.”

Answering the challenge, Aliyah Utush commanded the field with a three-goal performance. Utush controlled the right sideline and broke away six times in the opening 10 minutes.

But in spite of the junior’s efforts, the Wildcats’ first goal came from the middle when Lexie Dewyea scored a chip shot goal to put the ‘Cats on top 1-0.

Utush picked up her first goal when Dewyea found her down the middle with an assist for the first of the forward’s three goals.

With a little more than five minutes to play in the half, Utush again found the back of the net. Three minutes later, Megan O’ Connor added to the scoring to give the Wildcats a 4-0 lead going into halftime.

Utush completed her hat trick with a goal eight minutes into the second half. With the game all but settled, freshman Ashley Hunter scored the sixth and final goal on a penalty kick in the second half.

The Wildcats’ defense also shined as the Lancers’ first goal attempt didn’t come until nearly 50 minutes into the game. A minute later, Cordova attempted their second shot and that was the last they would get.

With a majority of their remaining schedule at home where the Wildcats are 6-1 and 1-1 in the CAL, Jones summed up the prospects of winning league.

“We have not given any of these teams a real good game,” said Jones. “Today I told the girls, ‘I’m giving you the green light. I don’t want three goals, I want more than that. I want to send a message to those other teams that we are a good team.’”