Every time LA No. 1 Redondo Union scored in Wednesday’s No. 1 vs. No. 1 showdown with OC No. 1 Foothill, the Knights answered with multiple goals, eventually producing a 20-14 victory that should establish Foothill as the clear favorite heading into next week’s playoffs.
Senior Brooke Williams scored seven goals to lead the Knights (15-0), and junior Ashley Stokes had six goals and three assists. Peyton Puma (3g, 2a), Ava Brand (2g), Grace Cumming (1g, 1a) and Natalie Anderson (1g) rounded out the Foothill scoring. In all, the Knights scored 20 goals on only 27 shots (74 percent).
Redondo scored first on a goal from Marianna Gamet, but Foothill established a pattern that would persist throughout the game when Stokes scored to tie it, then Williams rattled off four goals in the span of seven minutes to give the Knights a 5-1 lead.
Gamet scored again for Redondo, but Foothill countered with goals by Brand and Stokes to go up 7-2. After Emma Hodges scored for Redondo a minute later, Foothill answered right away with goals by Stokes, Puma, Williams and Brand before Addy Bass scored for Redondo to make it 11-4 at the half.
Redondo kept trying to chip away, but Foothill responded every time. Brooke Tokushige scored for Sea Hawks to start the half, but Stokes and Williams scored for Foothill. Jordan Davis scored for Redondo, but once again Foothill answered with four in a row.
Redondo (13-2) finally put together the kind of streak that has carried it all season, scoring four goals to pull within 15-10. Foothill scored twice, but the Sea Hawks kept coming with three more goals to make it 17-13.
Williams answered right away for the Knights to make it 18-13 with five minutes left, and Bass scored on a break-away to give Redondo some hope at 18-14, but Foothill put it away with two goals in the last 40 secs.
Hodges (3g), Gamet (3g) and Tokushige (3g) led the Sea Hawks in scoring, and Davis and Bass each scored two and Caitlin Hanniff scored one.
After averaging 17.7 goals per game during its 10-game winning streak, Redondo couldn’t solve Knights goalie Lilly Kahn, who stopped 9 of 16 shots and allowed only seven goals before giving way to Megan Jones.
Redondo wraps up its regular season Friday at El Segundo. Foothill plays at OC No. 4 St. Margaret’s on Thursday night.