Amat Lady Lancers set the tone for season with 9-0 win over South El Monte

Joey Canales, Staff Writer

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With high expectations as four Lady Lancers are committed to play in college, the Bishop Amat girls soccer team kicked off their season Tuesday by beating South El Monte 9-0 in Kieffer Stadium.

As expected, senior Sofia Serafin, a Stanford commit, led the Lancers with three goals.

Serafin hasn’t played on the school team since her freshman year.

Sophomore Nayeli Diaz, who along with Serafin and Brown commit Nicole Diaz captained the team Tuesday, added two goals and two assists.

Nayeli Diaz helped the Lancers start quickly by scoring in the first four minutes of the match. Senior Andrea Marin assisted on the score.

Shortly after that, Amat scored off a corner kick when sophomore Natalie Rodriguez connected with Nicole Diaz.

In the 13th minute, Nayeli Diaz connected with Serafin to increase the score to 3-0.

Eight minutes later, Nayeli Diaz broke away from defenders and tallied another goal for herself making it 4-0 at halftime.

The Lancers continued their scoring spree in the second half. A penalty goal from freshman Danielle Gonzalez increased Amat’s lead to 5-0. Senior Karissa Serna made the score 6-0 with a strike in the 53rd minute.

Once again, Nayeli Diaz connected with Sophia Serafin giving the Lancers a 7-0 lead. Serafin added her third goal in the 59th minute to improve the score to 8-0.

Gonzalez scored one more time in the 80th minute.

It was the first victory for new girls’ soccer coach Memo Gonzalez, who replaced his brother Ruben at the start of the school year.

Amat played without California commit Alex Jaquez.

The Lancers next game will be against a tough opponent in Orange Lutheran on December 5.

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Amat Lady Lancers set the tone for season with 9-0 win over South El Monte