Girls soccer shutting opponents down and out

The season is only two games old, but it seems like the Magic girls soccer team has already figured out one of the most important tricks in sports.
You can’t lose if you don’t let the other team score.
And so it went last week as Monticello picked up a 3-0 win over Legacy Christian Academy and forged a 0-0 tie with Park.
Thursday, the Magic hosted Legacy and turned a 1-0 halftime lead into a 3-0 final behind great team play on both ends of the field.

Shelby Reger looks to head a corner kick from Legacy out of danger during the Magic’s season-opening 3-0 victory last Thursday afternoon.

Shelby Reger looks to head a corner kick from Legacy out of danger during the Magic’s season-opening 3-0 victory last Thursday afternoon.

Monticello got goals from Amanda Lawrence (assisted by Sam Brennan), and two from Lealah Ambraham (assisted by Cody Romer and Monica Maher). Each goal seemed to be a product of ball movement, as Coach Brent Wuollet said his team did a very good job of working the ball around.
Defensively, the Magic worked together to limit Legacy to just one shot on goal.
“The defense as a whole played really well,” said Wuollet. “We didn’t allow them any good chances.”
The win sent Monticello to Park on Friday with a bit of confidence for a much tougher match.
The Magic were playing a rare game on a turf field, against a team that is built for turf.
“They’re fast and they come at you,” said Wuollet. “{It seems like] they substitute every five minutes to keep fresh legs out there.”
That pace had Monticello on its heels most of the game, and the Magic generated very few offensive chances. But, the defense, and especially goaltender Kallie Gau, made sure the Magic left Park without a loss for the first time in program history.
“Kallie was outstanding,” said Wuollet. “Some really good saves in one-on-one situations.”
In total, Gau made a whopping 13 saves on the afternoon, after hardly being tested in the first game of the year. Because of those numbers, the Magic were able to stay unbeaten early this season.
“I was extremely happy,” said Wuollet. “Mindset going in was if we could prevent them from scoring, we’d be happy with a tie.”

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