Top-ranked Redondo Union rode a nine-goal outburst in the second half Tuesday to a 15-8 nonleague win over No. 5 Crescenta Valley in Redondo Beach, the Sea Hawks’ seventh win in a row.
After a back and forth first 15 minutes of play, junior Brooke Tokushige (2g, 1a) was put at the draw and swung momentum to the Sea Hawks. She won two draws to end half and 6 of 10 in the second half.
“[Tokushige] just has a feel for it, playing club for a really long time,” Sea Hawks coach Tom Borgia said of the UC Davis commit. “She’s really smart.”
Addison Bass (4g) gave Redondo (10-1) a quick 2-0 lead, but the Falcons (8-2) hung in there offensively thanks in large part to Lexi Ballard (3g), who also scored two in the first half. The Sea Hawks held a tight 6-4 lead at halftime.
Crescenta Valley goalie Phoebe Crowther (14 saves) kept the Falcons in the game, making seven saves in each half. Redondo, though, was equally stingy on defense — the Sea Hawks still have not allowed more than 10 goals in a game this season — with senior Emma Hodges (5g, 2a) producing two steals that led to fast-break goals and essentially put the game away.
“[Hodges] is one of the top two or three girls we’ve ever had,” Borgia said. “The kid does not stop. She has a heart and a motor that just goes and goes and goes. When she’s on the field, we always have a chance. We have a lot of great girls, but Emma is the heart and soul of this team.”
Hodges, Bass and Tokushige led the Redondo offense, but the Sea Hawks spread the ball around, as well, with Marianna Gamet (1g, 1a), Jordan Davis (1g, 1a), Sophie Ristorcelli (1g, 1a) and Caitlin Hanniff (1g) also contributing.
Ballard, Allie Foster (2g) and Peyton Marshall (2g) kept the Falcons in the game offensively, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Sea Hawks. Elisabeth Hales (1g) also had a goal for CV.
Crescenta Valley will look to get back in the win column at home on Friday against No. 16 Birmingham and the Sea Hawks are on spring break until April 17 when they host Bay League rival Peninsula.