Perennial state contender St. Michael’s ended the Robertson Lady Cardinals’ winning streak at two matches Tuesday, controlling the field in a 4-0 shutout.
The Lady Cardinals (3-10) play at Santa Fe Prep on Saturday and close with a string of district games. Going into Tuesday, the team had won two straight shutouts — a 10-0 romp over Española and Saturday’s district-opening 5-0 victory over Moreno Valley.
St. Mike’s improved to 10-6 overall.
The Lady Horsemen demonstrated good ball control — particularly at midfield — and did most of the damage in a breezy first half, taking a 3-0 halftime lead.
“We had a strong performance, especially in the second half,” said RHS coach Ray Parks. “According to (St. Mike’s coach) Ed Velie, they figured we’d bunker in on defense, so they worked on outside shooting. I don’t think this would have worked if they didn't have the wind with them in the first half. We only played with three defenders on the back line, but because of the wind, they were able to get three outside goals. Every shot they had in the first half, except one, was from outside the penalty area. We were able to play with them in a much more even second half.”
Indeed, St. Mike’s had considerable difficulty breaking through the RHS defense after intermission, netting a single goal.
But the Lady Cards had difficulty setting up viable shots on goal against a squad that continues to be one of the best in Class 3A.
“They have two very talented players, Jamie Palermo and Liana Coppola, in their central mid,” Parks noted. “We marked Jamie with Ashley Jaramillo (who played a near perfect game), but Liana gave us a lot of problems.”
RHS goalkeeper Maggie Duran had 10 saves.
“We seem to be improving every game, beating Española 10-0 and Moreno Valley 5-0 last week, and having a good showing against a very good St. Mike's team,” Parks said.
“I think we’re ready to end the season strong.”