Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - September 23, 2011

Score 1 for the Orange

Mary Gruen of Pleasanton Rage Orange U18/19 scores at Saturday's game against the Walnut Creek Phoenix in Walnut Creek. Rage won, 5-0, after a hat trick by Gruen highlighted a 5-goal second half as the Rage earned a 3-0-0 league record.

Goalie Carly Boehmer kept the Phoenix from rising with several diving saves in the first half, including a combination punch/kick-save worthy of ESPN highlights. A few minutes into the second half, Gruen took a deflection off a defender and put a one-time left footer into the corner of the net. Less than three minutes later, passes by Madison Nethery and Autumn Whitney set up Gruen for a sharp angled shot that found the side net.

Olivia Zhu then took a ball that the goalie couldn't clear and drove it home to put the game out of reach 10 minutes later. This was followed by Gruen's third goal of the game, a cross-bar ricochet, and Nayo Clinchard's sliding chip shot to achieve the final 5-nil score.

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