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Undefeated Agoura Girls on Brink of 3-A Soccer Title

<i> Times Staff Writer </i>

Dave Godwin must be wondering what is in store for him as his Agoura High girls’ soccer team prepares to play Anaheim Canyon for the Southern Section 3-A Division championship this afternoon at 2 at Gahr High in Cerritos.

Godwin, the Agoura coach, last month announced his resignation effective at the end of the season. Under Godwin, Agoura has won the past two 2-A titles.

This season, having been elevated to the 3-A level, the No. 1-seeded Chargers are 25-0. A victory today would bring Godwin’s five-year record to 102-7-9 and undoubtedly warrant cause for celebration. And that has become cause for concern.

“Last year I got hit in the face with a cream pie,” Godwin said. “It was a perfect shot. I don’t know what’s going to happen should we be fortunate enough to win.”

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The Chargers certainly are good enough to win. Agoura has won 40 consecutive matches and has outscored the opposition this season, 170-6, establishing a Southern Section single-season record for goals. Junior Heidi Walters has scored a team-high 29 goals and senior Julie Tingle is the Southern Section career assist leader with 103.

Sixth-seeded Canyon (18-1-4), however, is not likely to be intimidated. The Comanches, the Century League champions, have recorded playoff wins over third-seeded Moreno Valley (1-0) and second-seeded Mater Dei (4-1).

“Everyone I talk to says Agoura is awesome,” Coach John Williams said. “But we’re used to being the underdogs.”

Senior striker Christa Ramirez leads Canyon with 22 goals. Senior goalkeeper Keri Erkenbrack has yielded only two goals in the past 12 matches.

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Meanwhile, the City Section girls’ soccer season will conclude today at Birmingham High with an all-Valley final when Chatsworth meets Grant at noon.

Chatsworth breezed to the Northwest Conference championship and is unbeaten--with one tie--in 16 matches. Grant finished second to Chatsworth in the conference and is 12-2-3.


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