There's now only one undefeated girls soccer team in the Special
District 7, and it's near and dear to the hearts of Baker sports fans.
Baker ran its record to 7-0-1 Thursday with a convincing 3-1 victory over host Ontario, which was previously undefeated.
Freshman Maggie Harlow continued her recent goal-scoring prowess with a
pair of first-half goals. After Ontario closed the deficit to to 2-1
early in the second half, freshman Shasta Overton answered with the
game's final goal to give her team a little breathing room.
Later in the second half, Overton took the ball on a turnover, got
around a defender, then "unfortunately shot the ball right into the
goalie's hands," Baker coach DeeDee Clarke said. "It was one of those
things, but I liked how she was attacking the goal."
"It was a good game," Clarke said, with both clubs playing up to their undefeated records. "Both teams played hard."
The fourth-year Baker coach praised the play of both center-midfielder Dallas Defrees and Mackenzie Warner.
"Dallas controlled the middle, distributed all our shots and had all three assists," Clarke said. "And Mackenzie (Baker's stopper) was right there."
The offense-minded Tigers forced Baker into a more defensive alignment, Clarke said. Right-midfielder Kallie Baxter, for example, "had to play more defense than usual," and did it well, her coach said.
"It was an equal game back and forth," Clarke said.
The Baker junior varsity tied Ontario's junior varsity, 1-1. Marissa Ermovick got the Baker goal with an assist from exchange student Joanne Lim.
Baker's task didn't get any easier Friday. The team traveled to Riverside to take on the Pirates in another District 7 matchup.
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but that's the day about 25 percent of the Bulldogs will be taking their Scholastic Aptitude Tests.
Academics always trumps athletics, Clarke said.
"The travel will make it tough, but Riverside lost to Ontario and we beat (the Pirates) during the Jamboree, so hopefully we'll do well," Clarke said.
"Throughout the season, everyone improves. We just don't know how much Riverside has improved.
"The girls will probably have some tired legs," Clarke said of her squad, "but I think we'll be OK."