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Millikan, Wilson Set For Moore League Girls’ Soccer Showdown

The Moore League girls’ soccer title will likely be decided on Tuesday night when Millikan visits Wilson. The Rams (6-0-1) are still undefeated in league play with a game in hand, but the Bruins (7-1-0) can pull even with a victory.

Wilson has only lost twice since falling at Millikan in the third game of the season, and has outscored its opponents 48-14. Junior Emily Shiffer has a team-high 11 goals in 16 games. She and senior Holly Hughes are tied for the team lead with seven assists each.

Millikan avoided its first league loss in an exciting 1-1 draw at Long Beach Poly earlier this week. Senior Azalia Salazar scored the first goal on an assist from junior Alyssa Reyes. Salazar and Reyes have combined for 13 of the 26 goals scored by Millikan this season.

Although senior Aniah Cutler scored the equalizer for the Jackrabbits (5-2-1) in the second half, the stout Rams defense limited Poly to only four shots in the final 30 minutes of the game.

“I’ll take the 1-1 because it’s away, it’s a point, it doesn’t allow them to get three points and it keeps them where they’re at,” Millikan coach Tino Nunez said. “It’s a huge result in terms of us staying on track.”

Poly outshot Millikan 14-6 thanks in most part to an aggressive Jackrabbits run of play just before halftime. Poly had six shots in the last 15 minutes of the first half after a formation change in the midfield. However, Salazar scored two minutes after halftime to force the Jackrabbits into chasing chances.

“It’s frustrating,” Poly coach Anthony Perez said. “We started off good but sometimes its too little too late. It’s that last touch. That’s what it comes down to. We have to play a little smarter balls and keep possession more.”

Millikan at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
Lakewood at Poly, 6 p.m.
Compton at Cabrillo, 3 p.m.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.