Goshen News, Goshen, IN


September 23, 2012

PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Redskins shut out Chargers

GOSHEN — By her own admission Jelitza Palomino didn’t score many goals during her middle school soccer career.

As a freshman on the Goshen High School girls team that has changed in a big way.

The talented newcomer netted a pair of goals in Saturday’s 5-0 win over the visiting West Noble Chargers to break the GHS single-season record of 19 goals by Yaneth Hernandez in the 2006 season.

She has 21 on the season as the Redskins improved to 12-2-1.

“The record has stood for quite awhile,” Goshen coach Dan Graber said. “It’s nice to see someone break and especially a freshman. Jelitza does not do anything spectacular. She just always seems to be in the right place and she finishes well.”

The record-breaking goal came at 25:54 of the first half as the Redskins took a 1-0 lead. Her second goal was at 10:59 of the second to account for the final score.

“I have good teammates that get me the ball,” Palomino said. “The credit goes to them. I would not have scored as many goals without them.”

When asked why she is scoring more now than when she was in middle school, she responded “I played with the Indiana Invaders. Maybe that helped me out.”

It’s been a record-setting season for the Redskins as both senior Gaby Romo and junior Miranda Kay have 14 assists to break the single-season record that was set by Katie Martin during the 2003 campaign.

“This is a very unselfish team. The fact we have two girls break the single-season record for assists proves that,” Graber said.

There are eight seniors — Jennifer Arellano, Maddie Birky, Rachel Christner, Karina Flores, Romo, Leah Shetler, Janeth Vela and Courtney Wengerd — listed on the Redskin roster but all five of the goals on Saturday were scored by underclassmen.

“The girls don’t care who scores the goal,” Graber said.

“The score may not indicate it, but we struggled at times today. West Noble is an up-and-coming team. They are much better than they were last year.

“I was happy with how the girls were able to put some things together and I was really happy with the way we possessed the ball. This was a big win for us. West Noble is a big rival, especially with the Hispanic populations we have in both communities.”

Kay had a rather remarkable stretch late in the game tallying a pair of goals in addition to assisting on Palominos’ second score in just eight minute. Her first goal came at 18:45 of the second and the second at 16:46.

“Miranda is one heck of a player,” Graber said.

Sophomore Joleen Miller was credited with an assist on Kay’s second score.

Miller netted Goshen’s second goal at 16:03 of the opening half assisted by Romo.

Vela missed the game due to an injury and Graber is ready to have her return for the regular-season finale Monday night at Concord and for the upcoming sectional that begins on Tuesday, Oct .2 at GHS.

“Our defense is not the same without her back there,” the coach said. “We rested her again today in order for her to be ready for the Concord game.”

The Redskins had advantages of 18-3 in shots on goal and 10-1 in corner kicks. Freshman Alyssa Hershberger and sophomore Yadira Cabrales combined on the shutout for Goshen. Cabrales was credited with three keeper saves.

Hershberger had to leave the game in order to perform with the GHS band in the contest at Penn High School.


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