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Girls soccer: Speechless! Trojans blank GSL

BY AARON HAGEN The Globe WORTHINGTON -- After the game, Keyri Gutierrez was speechless. That was probably because she let her game do all the talking. Gutierrez posted a shutout as the Worthington girls soccer team earned a 2-0 victory over visit...

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Worthington High School soccer player Ariel Reveles (5) tussles with a Glencoe-Silver Lake rival Friday night in Worthington. The Trojans won the game, 2-0. (Aaron Hagen/The Globe)

BY AARON HAGEN

The Globe

WORTHINGTON -- After the game, Keyri Gutierrez was speechless.

That was probably because she let her game do all the talking.

Gutierrez posted a shutout as the Worthington girls soccer team earned a 2-0 victory over visiting Glencoe-Silver Lake on Friday night.

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“I feel speechless,” Gutierrez said. “My friends are speechless as well.”

For the Trojans, it was the first victory this season.

“I’m shook and I’m excited because it’s our first W. I’m happy. I don’t know how to feel,” said Worthington’s Marilyn Orellana, who scored the game’s first goal. “It feels amazing. We got a tie and then we always get close to it. I’m just happy, I don’t know how I feel.”

It had been a while since WHS’ last victory.

“This is a really big win for girls soccer in Worthington,” said WHS assistant coach Anne Raetz, who was filling in for head coach Emily Ahlquist. “This is our first win in three years, that’s something we’re very proud of. It’s quite an accomplishment for the girls, especially the girls on this team who probably haven’t seen a win because they’ve been on varsity for three years. This is something they are going to take home and celebrate pretty well tonight.”

In recent games, the Worthington offense has been working on a quick start. That was again the case on Friday as it took four minutes to get on the board. Rosario Dominguez had a pass ahead to Orellana, who fired at the GSL net. The shot was true and gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead.

“When I kicked it I had a feeling it was going to go too high, but then when I looked it was curving down,” Orellana said. “I knew it was going in and I started jumping.”

That was all the scoring in the first half. As the game ticked away in the second half, the pressure mounted. However, the Worthington defense -- and Gutierrez -- rose to the challenge.

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“When we came into the game, we were like ‘We got this, this is our game, we’re going to win,’” Gutierrez said. “We kept the lead because of positive vibes. We didn’t think anything negative like ‘No, we can’t lose this game.’ Even though our coach isn’t here, we still have her in mind. She told us she wanted us to win this game, so we’re going to win it.”

With 20 minutes remaining in the game, the WHS keeper made a diving save. The rebound found the foot of a Panther attacker, who put it in the net. However, an offside call erased the score. Later, Gutierrez made another diving save, and proceeded to stop a GSL free kick in the final 30 seconds to preserve the shutout. She made 12 saves in the game.

“She definitely kept us in the game for a lot of it because Glencoe had huge shots,” Raetz said. “They have power. To have Keyri back there was definitely a life saver in this game.”

Jacqueline Perez scored as the time expired to give WHS a 2-0 victory.

“We needed this for the season,” Orellana said. “We were trying to get it since that tie from Loyola, and now we got it. So we’re going to go stronger next game.”

Glencoe-Silver Lake 0 0 -- 0Worthington 1 1 -- 2

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