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Hurt Grant Soccer Star Shines as Lancers Beat San Perdo, 2-1

Amanda Walzer, out of the Grant lineup for nearly a month with bruised ribs, showed no sign of rust during the Lancers’ 2-1 girls L.A. City semifinal soccer victory over San Pedro on Wednesday at Daniels Field.

Walzer, a junior striker, scored both Grant goals, the second coming on a sweeping kick from 20 yards with 12 minutes remaining that put the Lancers ahead to stay, 2-1.

“She really played well, she surprised everybody,” Grant Coach Frank Ortiz said of Walzer, the Lancers’ leading scorer, who had not played since crashing into a goal support post in a game three weeks ago. “That lifted us, her coming out and showing so much determination.”

The Lancers (12-2-2) will meet undefeated Chatsworth on Saturday for the City championship. The site is undecided. Grant finished second to Chatsworth in the Northwest Valley Conference during the season.

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Walzer’s impact was not lost on San Pedro Coach Steve Morris, whose Pirates came into the game with the Southeast title and an undefeated 12-0-2 record.

“I thought we were the dominant team,” Morris said. “I don’t think they’re as strong, player for player, as we are. But their number 6, Amanda, is a dynamite little player.”

Walzer scored her first goal seven minutes into the opening half. After outrunning San Pedro’s coverage, Walzer went one-on-one with Pirates goalie Elisa De La Pena and scored on a shot into the right side of the net.

San Pedro’s Chellee Bennett scored on the rebound of a missed shot five minutes later, but the Pirates were shut out for the rest of the first half and all of the second.

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The Pirates had several opportunities to score in the second half, but Grant goalie Tatum Langford came up with several fine saves.


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