Wilson Soccer

Wilson's Emma Shiffer heads the ball away from Lakewood's Cassandra Fraga in Long Beach on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Lakewood and Wilson entered Tuesday’s Moore League girls soccer showdown at Veterans Stadium with two of the league’s best defenses, so goals were going to be at a premium.

In a hard-fought battle, the Bruins edged the Lancers 1-0 on a Kassandra Contreras’ goal in the 64th minute. It was the first goal allowed by Lakewood (6-7-3, 4-1-1) in league play this year.

“This was kind of the red meat of our league schedule,” Bruins coach Dalton Kaufman said. “We end the first half of league with Lakewood and begin the second half of league with Millikan. I thought the girls played lights out today. They were mentally and emotionally ready for the game.”

Both teams had chances in the first half even though Wilson (10-5-1, 5-0-1) controlled a majority of the possession.

The Lancers had a scoring opportunity early in the second half, but sophomore Daisy Alvarez’s shot went just over the net.

The Bruins were finally able to capitalize in the 64th minute when Contreras scored on a counterattack after a turnover by the Lancers, the senior firing a shot over the head of Lancers goalkeeper Tatiana Bullock and into the upper corner of the net.

“It was quite a relief,” said Kaufman, whose team has allowed just two goals in league play.

Wilson hosts Millikan on Thursday while the Lancers face off against Poly.

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