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HS girls' soccer loses 2-0 against Yokota

The high school girls' soccer team played at Yokota on Tuesday evening. The Knights lost 2-0 to move their league record to 2-5-1.

Coach Charles Smoker presented his recap of the game for CAJ:

"We were down two starters with injuries to Miyuki and Akina, and Kaitlyn and Susana have some injuries preventing them from playing their best games. But, we came out with an attack mode, trying to complete easy passes, and a mindset to shut down Yokota's offense.

We almost scored first on a free kick by Rachel that hit the upper post, but then Yokota counterattacked and scored on a breakaway goal. Unfortunately, it was a very preventable goal.

We recovered and had two chances to score in the first half, but the Yokota keeper prevented both goals to give them a 1-0 halftime lead. The second half was back and forth, and we had a few good looks. Yokota also had some opportunities but we closed them down until Yokota scored again with about 15 minutes to go on a nice, long high shot.

We played our most complete 80-minute game all season, and this is with two starters out due to injuries. We are learning and improving. If we are going to beat good teams, and we can't concede preventable goals, especially ones early in the first half. We need to shut down teams, get the opponents on their heels and then convert when we have our limited chances."

The Knights will play in the Sakura Girls' Soccer Tournament at St. Mary's on Saturday.

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