Second-ranked , an LA finalist last spring, narrowly held off unranked on Friday night, posting a 6-4 home victory to improve to 2-0.

It was the season-opener for the Lions, in their first year under head coach , after going 2-12 last season. Oaks Christian has four freshmen in its starting lineup off a roster that lists 12 freshmen and sophomores.

Still, the young Lions played the Eagles close in the first half, trailing 4-2 at the break, and even in the second half.

“I am extremely proud of the heart I saw from my girls tonight,” Emerson said. “They fought hard against a talented Chaminade team and played to the very last whistle. We had some teachable moments from our game, and all lessons we are ready to fix early on. My girls are a resilient bunch. We are optimistic and excited to get back on the field next week.”

Freshman (2 goals, 1 assist) led the Lions offense. Freshman and junior Mariah Davis also scored goals.

Pictured above, from left: Makayla Johnson, , Coach KC Emerson, Sarah Foster, Emily Spaeth, Nina Kim, Nathalie Garcia, JK Krystyniak, Tyler Bartlett.

Oaks Christian next plays at on Thursday; Chaminade will be home against No. 19 Marlborough on Thursday.

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