Soccer star Leah Pruitt returns to Alta Loma lineup

A month ago Alta Loma girls soccer coach Ben Davies was trying to salvage a season. His team was ranked No. 1 in Division 5 but had lost star player Leah Pruitt to what looked looked like a season-ending knee injury.

The original prognosis was 6 to 8 weeks.

She returned last night and played 37 minutes in the regular season finale won by the Braves 3-0 over Don Lugo.

When she got hurt she was also one goal short of the school’s single season scoring record of 37 goals. She didn’t score yesterday but will probably have a shot at that as the Mt. Baldy League champion Braves (20-4, 8-1) head into the playoffs.

“She felt pretty good and her feet were good,” Davies said. “She as missing some of that explosiveness but that is to be expected.”

Davies admitted the injury might have helped his team in a few ways. Others got significant playing time in her absence so the team is better off for that.

There was a hiccup at first as the Braves lost to Colony the game after Pruitt got hurt. But they regrouped and gained some confidence in winning games without it star after that point.

The Braves slipped two spots in the poll to No. 3 behind La Quinta and Hemet. But they will be a force to reckon with in the postseason.


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