College of the Redwoods

CR women dominate Mendo in home opener

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Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – CR midfielder Jennifer Murillo tries to slip past a Mendocino player on Tuesday.

By Ray Hamill — The College of the Redwoods women’s soccer team overwhelmed visiting Mendocino in their home opener on Tuesday, running out to an 11-0 win.

As the score would suggest, the Corsairs dominated the game, netting seven times in the first half alone while controlling the midfield and setting up wave after wave of attack.

Former St. Bernard’s standout Jayden Johnson opened the scoring in the ninth minute with the first of her two first-half goals, sending her shot in off the crossbar.

Another freshman Jennifer Murrillo from La Sierra High School in Riverside also scored twice in the first half, as did Amy Reyes from Ridgeview High in Bakersfield.

Sophomore Diana Meraz (Fortuna) also scored in the first half, with a nice move down the wing before cutting in and beating the Mendo keeper with a well-placed low shot.

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CR’s Avery Baker shoots toward goal during Tuesday’s game.

The home team kept the pressure up in the second half, with Yessica Aleman and Avery Baker quickly stretching the lead to nine.

The offensive onslaught was set up by the midfield dominance, with Reyes and fellow freshman Giselle Carillo-Ceja controlling the center of the field and setting the tone.

At the back for CR, Tia Graham and Parker Olsen took care of the little that came that way, with goalie Juliana Ortega-Miranda barely troubled.

The Corsairs are now 2-0 on the season, having also defeated Merritt 3-0 on Saturday.

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