Prep Preview: Grace Brethren vs. Webb
I’m covering the Simi Valley Grace Brethren-Claremont Webb girls CIF-Southern Section Division 7 soccer championship game today, Saturday, March 5, 2016.
The best part of this assignment is it’s the morning game of four to be played today at Corona High School.
THE LOW DOWN:
Simi Valley Grace Brethren (21-4-0 overall) have won 18 consecutive games coming in, their last loss on Dec. 17, 2015, and have outscored opponents 95–21 this season. It would seem that momentum clearly favors the Lancers, who went 14-0-0 to run away with the Frontier League. Junior midfielder Sammi Fisher leads the team with 35 goals and 21 assists, and sophomore forward Emma Hopkins had added 18 goals and 12 assists. Junior goalkeeper Francesca Allegra — the coaches’ daughter — will likely be in between the pipes today.
Claremont Webb (19-3-1 overall) have won six in a row — including the last two by shutout — and enter the championship game having allowed just three combined goals during its current streak. The Gauls’ last loss was to Tarbut V’Torah, ending their hopes of winning the San Joaquin League title but setting them up for a longer playoff run than their league rivals. Senior midfielder McKenna Lamb had 11 goals through her first seven games of the season, and junior goalkeeper Kennedy Senise has been stout this postseason.
THE PROBABLE STARTING XIs:
Grace Brethren — GK Francesca Allegra (Jr.); D Grace Van Splinter (Sr.); D Kaitlyn Halstead (Sr.); D Abby Buunce (Jr.); D Avery Smithson (Soph.); MF Becca Turner (Jr.); MF Cody Pederson (Jr.); MF Sammi Fisher (Jr.); MF Joanna Schimmel (Sr.); F Shelby Cox (Sr.); F Emma Hopkins (Sr.)
Webb — GK Kennedy Senise (Jr.); D McKenna Lamb (Sr.); D Katherine Stewart (Jr.); MF Alexis Wilson (Jr.); MF Amelia Barbee (Sr.); MF Dahlia Gonzalez (Jr.); MF Nina Kidd (Jr.); MF Autumn Armstrong (Jr.); F Briana Garabet (Jr.); F Dylan Wensley (Jr.); F Akua McLeod (Sr.)
Grace Brethren has a far deeper roster, but it will come down to which team wakes up first.
THE FINAL SCORE:
Claremont Webb 2, Simi Valley Grace Brethren 1