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Varsity girls lacrosse beats Salinas High School 9-5

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Heidi Zhang (11) scoops up the ball while keeping it away from Salinas High School players. The girls won their first home game 9-5.

Heidi Zhang (11) scoops up the ball while keeping it away from Salinas High School players. The girls won their first home game 9-5.

Anthony Xu

Anthony Xu

Heidi Zhang (11) scoops up the ball while keeping it away from Salinas High School players. The girls won their first home game 9-5.

by Anthony Xu, Reporter

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The Harker lacrosse team won their season opener 9-5 against Salinas High School Tuesday afternoon at home.

Both teams started off strong and after ten minutes of play the score remained tied 0-0, with key saves from goalie Nellie Tonev (10). However, Salinas broke the tie to score first. Seconds later, right off the draw, Zoe Sanders (9) ran up the field and scored to tie the game once again.

“We were really good on the draw, which meant we had possession and could attack first,” Nellie said. “There was a really great effort to go after the ball in general even if we missed shots or passes.”

A close game followed suit, with Salinas scoring twice only to have Sara Yen (9) and Piper White (10) answer back with goals of their own. At halftime, the score was tied 3-3.

Salinas scored again five minutes into the second half, but once again, Harker bounced back with a hat trick from co-captain Heidi Zhang (11) to put the Eagles up 6-4. The home team dominated for the rest of the half, with three more goals from Lauren Russell (12), Piper and Grace Hajjar (10) while Salinas only scored one more goal. Despite it being her first time playing goalie, Nellie finished with 16 saves out of 21 shots. The final score was 9-5.

“There’s definitely a lot that could still improve considering some people were new on the field, but we definitely should become a bit more adaptive,” Nellie said. “I think in general if we’re more calm and collected on the field it’ll translate to cleaner and smarter plays, so we should work on becoming comfortable with our stick skills and with communicating with each other.”

The girls play again next Tuesday at Davis Field against Woodside Priory at 4 p.m.

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