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Coyotes handle Whittier

Newport Coast posts 21-2 advantage in shots to prevail in girls' 5-6 silver clash.

May 31, 2013|By Barry Faulkner

COSTA MESA — Newport Coast Elementary Coach Ramzi Ammari has the rarest of rosters for the fifth- and sixth-grade girls' silver division in the Daily Pilot Cup youth soccer tournament.

In the Coyotes' tournament-opening 2-0 victory over Whittier on Thursday at Davis Elementary, they displayed depth, balance, passion, unselfishness and organization.

But after completely dominating the pace of the game and amassing a 21-2 advantage in saves, there is at least one area of concern for Ammari as his team moves ahead:

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"The goalkeeper position is probably the most challenging to fill," said Ammari, who praised the heart and Johna Zahed, who made one save but faced her greatest challenge trying to stay entertained while the ball remained at the other end of the field virtually the entire game. "It's tough to find a player who wants to play that position. As she came off the field after the game, Zahed said she didn't really do much.

That would make Zahed unique among her teammates, who darted and dashed to control most loose balls and did their collective best to direct their energy toward cohesive scoring chances.

Twice a Coyote player bounced a shot off the cross bar and at least a handful of shots were directed just wide of the goal.

Whittier goalie Alondra Martinez made 11 saves and defenders Brianna Coyotzi and Neila Mora also distinguished themselves by diffusing several Newport Coast offensive threats.

But most of Whittier's efforts amounted to damage control against the Coyotes, who bunched their two goals late in the first half and early in the second.

Monique Martin opened the scoring, directing a cross from Morgan Snyder into the goal in the 24th minute.

Just four minutes after halftime, Karly Recker booted a through ball that Cerise Cornman ran onto inside the 18-yard box. Cornman, running toward the goal, dribbled the ball neatly around Martinez, who had come off her line to charge the play. Cornman then merely nudged the ball into the open net.

Whittier, which battled to the end for Coach Jason Arroyo, registered its first shot just before halftime and didn't have another shot, its first on goal, until the final minute of the contest.

The Dolphins had won their first game, 4-3, behind a hat trick from Araceli Manriquez and another goal from Melissa Lima.

But the shots flowed throughout for the neon-green clad Newport Coast unit, for which Cornman was the most active orchestrator.

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