2009-05-21 / Sports

Lady Chiefs Gut Out Win To Remain Undefeated

By Jerry Del Priore

With the regular season winding down, the Canarsie High School girl's soccer team knew it had to beat Prospect Heights Campus High School in order to keep their undefeated record intact and hopes for a division title alive.

The Lady Cardinals scored first in the game, but Canarsie responded on captain Anna Kay Robinson's penalty kick conversion to tie the match at 1- 1. The lady Chiefs took a 2-1 lead on a goal by junior Chanelle Ranglin, and held on to that advantage at half time.

However, Prospect Heights again tied the game at 2-2 in the second half. Fortunately, the Lady Chiefs (10-0-1) defense tightened up the rest of the way, and Robinson found the back of the net for her second marker of the contest and 20th of the season to edge Prospect Heights Campus, 3-2, at home to keep their loss column unblemished.

Canarsie head coach Erica Blom has seen her girls go through an emotional time, as one of their close friends at the school recently lost his life to a stray bullet. She knew it would affect their play, but they had the resolve to rise to the occasion when it mattered most.

"The whole feel of the team was very down (in the first half) because of what happened," Blom said. "But we came through in the second half, and we did what we had to do in order to win. They wanted to stay undefeated, and they knew they had to win."

The last game of the regular season is against Benjamin Banneker, which takes place today at Red Hook Stadium at 4 p.m. and will decide the division crown. The last time the two squads met, they played to a 0-0 tie under frigid conditions.

But Blom believes her team will be better prepared to play today, as the weather shouldn't be much of a factor in the game.

"They'll be ready to play," she said, using a modest but confident tone. "It's supposed to be good weather (Thursday), and we should be ready."

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