Prep Preview: Santiago @ Norco

I’m covering the Corona Santiago-Norco girls varsity soccer game tonight, Friday, Jan. 22, 2015, for The Press-Enterprise, pe.com & @PEcom_preps.

The best part of this assignment is that it’s Norco’s best chance this season to dethrone Santiago from atop the Big VIII League.

SantiagoLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
The Sharks (10-5-3 overall, 3-0 Big VIII) played a brutal nonleague schedule to prepare for another shot at a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 title. So far in league play they have a 4-0 win over Corona, a 3-2 win over Riverside King and a 4-0 win over Corona Centennial. The goalkeeping situation continues to be split among two or three players, and coach Mike Sutherland admits one must emerge for this team to gel.

NorcoLOGOThe Cougars (13-2-3 overall, 3-0 Big VIII) are 5-0-2 this season vs. ranked teams, and are coming off a 1-0 victory over Riverside King in a grudge match, of sorts, to set matchup of unbeaten teams. There’s little doubt that that attack goes through senior forward Chandler McDaniel, but freshman forward Karleen Bedre has provided much needed support with 10 goals of her own so far.

THE STARTING XIs:
Santiago
— GK Natalie Morrell, Sr.; D Taylor Romaine, Sr.; D Makayla Schachtell, Sr.; D Brooke Reed, Sr.; MF Raven Sweeney, Sr.; MF Emily Gehlbach, Jr.; MF Megan Maeda, Sr.; MF Katie Wong, Soph.; MF Samantha Dong, Sr.; F Katie Jones, Sr.; F Jill Olguin, Sr.

Norco — GK Maya Daruvala, Sr.; D Zoe Isobor, Sr.; D Mikayla Allee, Soph.; D Brodi Blomdahl, Soph.; D Allison Laibach, Jr.; MF Taylor Windham, Jr.; MF Kylie Covington, Jr.; MF Hailey Vandevanter, Sr.; MF Sidney Anderson, Sr.; F Karleen Bedre, Fr.; F Chandler McDaniel, Sr.

THE DIFFERENCE:
Chandler McDaniel should feature here. Already a 30-goal scorer, she’ll get a lot of attention.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Norco 3, Corona Santiago 2

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