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5A girls soccer: Venice has too much firepower for Hillsborough

Hillsborough senior goalkeeper Amber Davis kept host Venice out of the net in the first half, but Kelly White's second-half hat trick in a 13-minute span paced the Indians to a 4-1 victory in the Class 5A region quarterfinals.

Venice peppered Davis, one of the county's top goalkeepers, with 23 shots, including 11 in a scoreless first half. Despite 18 saves for Davis, Venice's second-half flurry couldn't be stopped.

"She's been more focused this year," Hillsborough coach Scott Bower said of his keeper. "This is the end of her soccer playing career. It might have meant more to her than in the past. She's deciding not to play in college. She could. She decided to focus on academics."

White scored her first goal in the 43rd minute, then filled the net in the 53rd and 56th minutes.

Hillsborough's Alexa Morse answered White's first goal at the 46th minute to tie the score

"We did as well as we could," Bower said. "It's a matter of not getting to play in tournaments and getting to play teams outside the county and getting the experience that we don't have."

Hillsborough played the final 11 minutes a player short after Emily Crawford received her second yellow card.

Times staff

5A girls soccer: Venice has too much firepower for Hillsborough 01/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 11:12pm]
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