Girls soccer: Unbeaten Cloverdale still improving

Cloverdale girls soccer coach Steve Stewart has led the Eagles to a record of 28-2-3 the past two seasons. They’ve yet to lose this season. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012)

Cloverdale girls soccer coach Steve Stewart has led the Eagles to a record of 28-2-3 the past two seasons. They’ve yet to lose this season. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012)

By TED SILLANPAA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Cloverdale High’s girls are steaming through the opposition, but head coach Steve Stewart has one small complaint.

“We have a tendency to play down to the level of our competition,” he said. “I don’t coach to run up scores, but there are times we play lesser teams and don’t blow them out. If we don’t play our best no matter the competition, it’ll come back to bite us later.”

That’s a coach who’s really stretching to find something to worry about.

The Eagles are 13-0 overall and 7-0, alone atop the North Central League I. They have outscored league teams 29-4 and all opponents 37-6.

“Our defense has been lights out,” Stewart said. “I knew it would be good, but I didn’t know if they’d be this good.”

Senior stopper Hannah Faso is a four-year starter. She teams with senior sweeper Jazmine Orozco, who has started on varsity in all three of her prep seasons.

“They work so well together,” Stewart said. “It’s really impressive how they communicate.”

Goalkeeper Bailey Crager is just a sophomore, but draws the highest praise a player in the Empire soccer hotbed can get.

“Bailey is one of the best keepers around. She’s as good as any,” her coach said.

Middletown is one game behind Cloverdale in the NCL I standings after a surprising 4-2 loss to the Eagles earlier. That win vaulted Cloverdale to fourth in the MaxPreps.com North Coast Section rankings.

“Middletown has an outstanding team. I thought we could win, 3-2, 2-1, something like that,” Stewart said. “For us to score four goals against them really surprised me. I was also surprised that we jumped out to a 3-0 lead against a team that good. That was as close to the best we can play as we’ve been all season.”

Senior Amy Mora is the lead attacker. She’s joined by junior Perla Anguiano and sophomore Bailey Stewart to lead the explosive attack.

Still, the head coach who has his sight set on an Oct. 17 rematch at Middletown, is focused on getting better and more consistent.

“We talk about putting 80 minutes together, playing our best for an entire match,” coach Stewart said. “We came close against Middletown. But, then we’ve turned around and played less than our best against other teams. We knew we’d have a pretty good year, but we still have room to improve.”

The Eagles continue a streak of soccer success. Last year’s team was 4-1-1 in the NCL I and 15-2-3 overall.

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