Lotz scores two to lead Cardinals elementary soccer “B” team

Kelly Lotz weaved her way past the defense on several occasions during the Cardinals’ elementary girls soccer “B” game on Oct. 14. Twice, she put the ball  in the back of the opponent’s net.

Her two goals, along with a score from teammate Ava Kalinske, added up to a 3-1 win for SCCS. Lotz got the assist on Kalinske’s goal. The team’s record now stands at 3-0.

Cassidy Machado played a strong game at the forward position. Her presence put pressure on the defense and created several scoring opportunities for SCCS. Midfielder Kimmy Kate Lehan was instrumental in keeping the ball out of the Cardinals’ defensive side of the field.

When the ball did get into the heart of the SCCS defense, defender Charlee Potter blunted most of the attacks by fearlessly putting herself in front of the ball.

Munoz, fast break carry SCCS past Concordia

Emily Munoz scored a game-high 12 points to pace the SCCS junior high girls basketball team to a 30-20 win over Concordia on Oct. 14.

With the win, SCCS improved its record to 3-1.

The Cardinal overcame a slow start on offense by turning to the fast break. Behind the quick hands and feet of point guard Kaleigh Moss, who led SCCS in assists and added four points, the Cardinals took over the game.

Aaronya Crosswhite scored six points in the win, while teammate Megan Lord added four points – all off of rebounds on the offensive end.

Suzie Taylor, who was asked to guard a much bigger opponent all game, turned in a solid game on defense and also scored two points.


Pelletier, Boswell spark offense; Sparks sparks defense in elementary soccer win

The SCCS girls elementary soccer “A” team improved to 2-1 on the season with an 8-4 win on Oct. 14 at the Santa Clarita Soccer Center.

Cardinal goalkeeper Emily Sparks anchored the defense, allowing just one goal in the first half as SCCS built an early lead. Sparks played forward in the second half.

Gianna Pelletier and Sydney Boswell provided the punch on offense, scoring two goals each in the victory. Emily Bernards, Emma Norton, Hayley Zeccardi and Kelsey Lord also scored for the Cardinals.

Gianna Kuruppu collected an assist.

Season update: junior high girls hoops off to a 2-1 start

The SCCS junior high girls basketball team won its second straight game Tuesday, 38-15 over Albert Einstein Academy. The Cardinals (2-1) got out to a fast start with 24 first-half points and never looked back.

Kaleigh Moss, Emily Munoz, and Leila Uribe scored eight points each, while teammates Aaronya Crosswhite (six points) Austin Hermanson (four points), Megan Lord (two points) and Chloe Lehman (two points) all added to a balanced SCCS offensive attack.

Megan Lord led the Cardinals in rebounds.


SCCS 34, Legacy Christian Academy 23

 In a game played on Oct. 3, SCCS got a team-high 14 points from Emily Munoz and defeated Legacy Christian Academy, 34-23.

Kaleigh Moss provided the other half of the Cardinals’ scoring punch in the game with 12 points.

Aaronya Crosswhite and Austen Hermanson pitched in with 4 points each, while teammates Chloe Lehman and Hailey Mihut turned in strong performances on the defensive end.

The Cardinals took advantage of several Legacy turnovers, which led to easy baskets.


Trinity Classical Academy 30, SCCS 23

 The Cardinals junior high girls basketball team dropped its first game of the season on Sept. 30, 30-23 to the Knights of Trinity.

The Cardinals started slowly and were never able to close the gap, despite 10 points from Emily Munoz and eight points from Kaleigh Moss. SCCS cut the Knight lead to five points at one point in the second half, but that was as close as they came.

Megan Lord scored two points in the loss and Aaronya Crosswhite added three.

SCCS football: Not your big brother’s Cardinals

Much can be said about the 2014-2015 version of the Santa Clarita Christian varsity football team. Most notably, these Cardinals are not your big brother’s Cardinals. The transformation from eight-man to 11-man football is undeniably complete; there is a new brand of football on display under the Saturday night lights of Harry Welch Stadium.

Led by senior quarterback Jonathan Saavedra, a three-year starter, the SCCS offensive attack is based on a pass-first, pass-second scheme. Judging by the rich collection of talent in the key position, it makes perfect sense.

Saavedra has blossomed this season and is emerging as a threat with enough arm strength and accuracy to cause opposing defenses to plan ahead. In the team’s first game of the season—a 68-20 win of Lutheran High (San Diego), Saavedra broke records for passing yards (527) and touchdown passes (seven) in a game. Two weeks later, against Mary Star of the Sea (San Pedro), he tossed another seven touchdown passes to go along with 434 yards through the air in a 49-48 win.

In the team’s first five games, Saavedra has completed 127-of-213 passes for 1,888 yards (a 14.9 yard per completion average) for 22 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions. Saavedra also leads the Cardinals (2-3) in rushing with 362 yards and three touchdowns.

The senior standout has not amassed such gaudy numbers in a vacuum, of course. All season, Saavedra’s favorite (and most dangerous) target has been fellow senior Cameron Lewis. The speedy wide receiver has dazzled with an acrobatic array of catches deep in the opponents’ territory. Through five games, Lewis has caught 38 passes for 612 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Completing the team’s dual threat at wideout is sophomore Jacob Moss. Moss isn’t the deep threat that Lewis is, but he has made his mark hauling in a bulk of Saavedra’s mid-range passes, hauling in 39 passes for 614 yards and four touchdowns.

Other contributors on offense have been junior running back Brody DeRevere (29-147 yards), junior receiver JonLuke Wilson (31 catches for 365 yards, two touchdowns) and freshman receiver Michael Uribe (11 catches for 239 yards, four touchdowns).

The SCCS offense has been explosive, averaging 35.4 points per game.

The team’s Achilles heel so far has been the defense, which is surrendering 34.6 points per game. The team has shown flashes; senior DJ King leads the team with 35 solo tackles and 79 overall. DeRevere has collected three sacks. But what has plagued the defense thus far has been the big play, as teams have found ways to connect on long passes or convert long runs to swing momentum in at least two of the Cardinals’ three losses.

The other hiccup has been the turnover.

Against an undefeated Cleveland High (Reseda), SCCS was driving for an opportunity to go up by two touchdowns late in the second quarterback when Cleveland forced a fumble and returned it 76 yards for a score. SCCS climbed to a 21-13 lead in the third, but saw the Cavaliers score 24 straight points in the second half to break it open.

The Cardinals are no team’s soft spot on the schedule, however. The explosiveness of its offense alone makes any game winnable. Coach Garrick Moss and company have frontloaded the schedule with challenging non-league opponents, which leaves plenty of room for optimism with league play set to begin Oct. 11.

The team is gunning for its first-ever San Joaquin League title this year, which would represent a significant step toward the program’s maturity into an 11-man power.

The Cardinals are growing up before our eyes.

Cardinals score seven in win over AEA

The SCCS elementary girls soccer “A” team got contributions from all over the field in Tuesday’s 7-1 victory over Albert Einstein Academy.

Emma Norton scored the first goal, and the Cardinals rolled from there. Emily Bernards and Kelsey Lord also scored for SCCS, which improved to 1-1 on the season.

Gianna Kuruppu and Hailey Zeccardi turned in strong performances on the defensive end, providing support wherever they were needed.