PASADENA - The Bishop Amat girls soccer team played well against host La Salle on Thursday and still lost 4-1 to the CIF-SS Division IV's third-ranked team.
If this is the time of season when teams are sharpening their games to get ready for the CIF playoffs, then the way La Salle is spreading the ball around, sending through balls to cutters, and winning 50-50 balls the playoffs can't start soon enough for them.
The victory kept La Salle (18-2-1, 5-0) undefeated in the Del Rey League while Bishop Amat dropped to 0-4-1 in league action.
"In terms of possession, we did a great job," La Salle coach Sal Lopez said. "I thought Bishop Amat did very well in applying pressure in the middle of the field and transitioning from defense to offense.
"There were a couple times in the first half where they could have scored, and we were fortunate, so I give them a lot of credit."
After Amat spoiled a couple of chances in the first 15 minutes, it was all La Salle.
It sent 30 shots to Amat's seven and opened the scoring on a beautiful free kick from USC-bound senior Kasey Johnson, who scored on a shot from 35 yards out for a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.
La Salle freshman Kelly Tartaglione made it 2-0 by running down a long pass from Alexa Weigand and moving past a couple defenders before finishing just inside the post in the 23rd minute.
And just before halftime, Washington-bound midfielder Sara Turcious showed how dangerous she is by taking a short ball from Lauren McAulay, then beating a defender with a quick first step and finishing in the 35th minute for a 3-0 cushion.
That was La Salle, creating and scoring every way imaginable. And, with a little luck, it could have capitalized on a few more chances.
"We had crosses, shots from inside and outside the box, and put headers on frame," Lopez said. "It all starts from our defense, which is the biggest difference from last year until this one."
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