By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
COVINA - San Dimas and Northview high schools have developed a little rivalry in girls soccer in recent years.
The Saints, seeking a sixth consecutive Valle Vista League title this season, have held the upper hand and continued to do so Tuesday.
Anette Montalvo scored two goals and Daisy Duran had two assists to lead the visiting Saints to a 3-0 victory over the Vikings.
San Dimas, also getting a goal from Courtney Francis, improved to 9-4-2 and 6-0 in league. Northview, which was held to four shots, slipped to 7-5-2 and 2-2-2.
“Northview’s a good team,” San Dimas coach George Duran said. “They’re very physical, more physical than some of the (other teams in the league).
“It was a little frustrating coming off the first half because we had a lot of opportunities and didn’t score. I just told the girls to keep their composure and keep pushing and eventually we’ll get it in.”
The Saints, who took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute on Francis’ goal, finally broke free from Northview’s tight defense with two scores late in the second half.
Duran set up Montalvo’s first goal with a drive down the wing. She followed with a crossing pass to Morgan Quaternik, who fed Montalvo for the tap-in and a 2-0 lead in the 69th minuute. Duran keyed the third tally, against dribbling down the side before a perfect cross to Montalvo, who easily slipped it by Northview goalie Carol Garcia to finish the scoring in the 77th minute.
“We decided to attack a little more, but it’s just they have a very good team,” Northview co-coach Tadeo Gonzalez said. “They have a lot of good players and were dominating us a little more.
“We had a few chances, but nothing real clear.”
The Vikings had a decent shot at tying the score early in the second half when San Dimas’ Abi Celaya turned the ball over in the defensive zone in the 52nd minute.
But Denaee Amaya’s scoring attempt was wide.
“It was very similar to their first goal,” Gonzalez said. “It was a mistake (by San Dimas). But it didn’t go down.
“If it did, maybe it would have been a different story.”
San Dimas got a break early in the first half to take the lead.
The Saints, who outshot the Vikings 17-4, pressured Northview when Berlyn Pedroza got free down the wing and lofted a pass to Francis, who drilled a hard shot at Garcia.
The senior grabbed the attempt near the goal post, but dropped and the ball trickled over the goal line.
The win kept the Saints 2 1/2 games ahead of Covina and 3 1/2 over Northview in their quest for a sixth league title in a row.
“Every year, you lose a lot of seniors,” George Duran said. “We lost a lot from last year. It’s a whole different team. But they continue to just come out and play.”