It was a beautiful Saturday by the beach, but that did not distract No. 2 Redondo Union (7-1) from claiming an impressive 19-9 victory over No. 6 Chaminade (7-2) on Saturday at Redondo Union High School. The Sea Hawks have won four in a row, and the offense has really begun to click, averaging 19 goals per game in that span.
“This team is really well balanced,” Redondo coach Tom Borgia said. “One year we had seven girls who had at least five goals in a game.”
Chaminade scored first off the stick of Sammy Nuchow (5g, 3a), who had a really impressive game offensively for the Eagles. She scored two goals within two minutes of each other to begin the game as the Eagles and Sea Hawks were tied at two with a little under 21 minutes left in the first half.
“When [Nuchow] is in the zone, there is no attacker in America that can do what she does for us,” Eagles coach Scott Cohen said. “Watching her is electrifying, and she keeps her heart on her sleeve and continues to battle.”
After Jackie Nuchow (3g) gave Chaminade a 3-2 lead with 17:05 remaining in the first half, the Sea Hawks really put their foot on the gas, ending the half on an 8-0 run and with a 10-3 lead. Brooke Tokushige (4g, 2a) and Emma Hodges (3g, 2a) each had three goals in the first 25 minutes of play, and Eva Lovell had a strong half with five saves between the pipes.
Chaminade showed a lot of fight in the second half, going on a 6-2 run in the first nine minutes to pull within three at 12-9. Lexi Carson (1g) and the Nuchow sisters paved the way for the Eagles’ impressive, gritty comeback.
“I’m so proud of our character,” Cohen said. “I’m so proud of how they continued to keep their composure, and it’s just been so much fun coaching this group because of their positive character. They didn’t give up, and I love their fight.”
Borgia called a timeout and rallied his team together to close out the Eagles, and the message he preached to his club worked. The Sea Hawks finished the game on a 7-0 run for the 19-9 win. Jordan Davis (4g) had three goals in the final 15 minutes to help lead the final charge.
“This team is pretty self coached,” Borgia said. “But that was the first time I said all year that no one is talking to each other besides me. I just told them to play smarter and to not turn the ball over and we’ll be fine.”
The team clearly got the message.
Offensively, Caitlin Hanniff (3g), Addy Bass (2g), Marianna Gamet (1g), Morgan Alonso (1g) and Riley Straight (1g) rounded out Redondo’s potent offensive attack.
Chaminade will look to get back in the win column at No. 16 Birmingham on Monday at 3:30 p.m. Redondo Union will seek it’s fifth win in a row on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a road match against No. 4 Glendale.