Oilers seek CIF crown

Huntington Beach field hockey squad opens playoffs with 5-1 win.

November 03, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Huntington Beach senior forward Corinne Clegg (in white) moves the ball while being marked by Marina senior Katherine Renaud in recent Sunset League action. Clegg scored two goals as the Oilers defeated the visiting Vikings, 5-0.
Huntington Beach senior forward Corinne Clegg (in white)… (Courtesy Patti…)

The Huntington Beach High field hockey team, co-champion of the Sunset League Southern Division, opened postseason play Monday with a 5-1 victory against Sunset League Northern Division winner Chaminade under the lights on the Oilers' home field at Sheue Stadium.

With the win, Huntington improved to 18-2 and advanced to Wednesday's semifinal round, the result of which wasn't available by press time. A win Wednesday would put the Oilers in today's championship game, also at Huntington.

The Oilers never trailed, taking a 1-0 lead when midfielder Brooke Berns tapped the ball back to midfielder Ashlyn Pooler, who scored from the top of the circle. Two minutes later, midfielder Lindsey Walter got a quick start on the ball after a foul and cross passed into the circle. Forward Jessica Van Arsdale deflected the pass to forward Corinne Clegg, who netted the ball into the corner of the goal to make it 2-0.


Before the period was over, midfielder Kayla Wigney scored from top of the circle off a back-handed pass from Clegg, and Chaminade's Amanda Mitchell scored what turned out to be the Eagles' only goal off an assist by Shelby Paulseth.

In the second period, Van Arsdale carried the ball from the 50-yard line, maneuvered around several defenders, drew out the Eagles' goalie then dodged her to score unassisted. Berns later shot a pass down the center of the circle to Wigney, who flicked the ball to Walter who scored the final goal.

Coach Cathy Van Doornum's Oilers tied for the Sunset League Southern Division championship with Newport Harbor, but the Oilers secured the league's top-seed in the playoffs based on fewer goals allowed than the Sailors. Huntington wrapped up the No. 1 seed after blanking Marina, 5-0, on Oct. 28.

Huntington, which has won or shared the last four league titles, outscored its league opponents, 38-1. Through Monday, they've outscored their season's opponents, 70-3.

In the Oct. 28 win over Marina, Clegg scored on a rebound shot after Pooler's shot on goal was turned away by Marina goalie Madison Mulcahey. The lead grew to 2-0 when forward Hannah Rodriguez scored off a pass from midfielder Abby Masters. Before the first period ended, Masters set up another score by Rodriguez, who dribbled through the circle for the score.

The Oilers scored their final two goals in the second period, the first coming on a shot by Clegg off a pass in the circle from Van Arsdale. The final point came off a Huntington short corner when Berns passed to Pooler for the score.

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