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Chaminade Ties a Bow on Semifinal Victory

March 01, 2000|MITCH POLIN

The referees might have inadvertently provided the Chaminade High girls' soccer team with a motivational tool when they made them remove red ribbons from their hair before the game.

The ribbons were in honor of teammate Kristen Jackson, who is in intensive care at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles suffering from toxic shock syndrome and pancreatitis.

The Eagles used it as inspiration in a 2-1 victory Tuesday over second-seeded Corona del Mar in the Southern Section Division IV semifinals at Chaminade.

"When they made us take [the ribbons] out, that really got us motivated," defender Elizabeth Buhn said. "That's when we knew we had to win."

The third-seeded Eagles (22-4-4) play for their fourth consecutive division title Saturday against Bishop Montgomery.

They had an inkling it was going to be their day when forward Tara Donoghue fired a crossing pass toward goalkeeper Britta Vogele of Corono del Mar in the ninth minute and the ball sailed into the net.

Donoghue scored again in the 26th minute, tying a school record with her 22nd goal of the season.

The Sea Kings (17-5-4) scored on a penalty kick by Paige Janes.

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