NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Throughout most of Thursday's 80-minute Liberty League girls' soccer match between Glendale Adventist Academy and Providence High, Providence enjoyed a major territorial advantage. It also had a significant edge in scoring opportunities.
However, the Pioneers couldn't reap the benefit and saw the Cougars take advantage of one of their few chances.
Daniece Poblete scored on a rebound off a corner kick in the first half and goalkeeper Victoria Osby made 12 saves to propel Glendale Adventist to a 1-0 victory against Providence at the Glendale Sports Complex.
"We had plenty of opportunities with our 23 shots and we couldn't do anything with it," Providence Coach Kordo Doski said. "We worked hard for the most part and we did everything we could to win."
The Cougars (2-7, 2-3 in league) scored the lone goal in the 25th minute. A corner kick by Melissa Yeghizarian eluded a group of players camped out in front of Providence goalkeeper Taline Gevorkian. The ball hit off Gevorkian to Poblete, who tapped in the rebound.
"It's about being able to flood the box," Glendale Adventist Coach Lemar Sandiford said. "You get the ball in there and it's putting the trash in.
"It was a perfect corner kick by Melissa that went right into the box. Daniece was able to put it in."
The Pioneers spent the remainder of the contest looking for the equalizer, but Osby made several nice stops to preserve the victory.
Providence appeared to have a good chance at knotting the match in the 51st minute. However, Osby stopped a point-blank shot by Karni Boghokian.
"We have a very young team and some of the players don't know all of the terminology," said Sandiford, who began the program last season. "They are getting there.
"I thought both teams were excellent defensively and evenly matched."
Providence's best two scoring opportunities in the first half came about five minutes apart. In the 15th minute, Brittany Uyeno sliced a line-drive shot just wide of the left post. Boghokian also missed on a 15-yard shot that sailed over the crossbar.
The teams will next meet at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Glendale Sports Complex.