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Paradise Valley Blanks Louisburg, 3-0
November 12, 2012 - Paradise Community College of Arizona took its first step toward what it hopes is its second NCJAA Division I women's soccer national championship in three seasons on Monday defeating Louisburg College of North Carolina 3-0.
Second-seeded Paradise, which won the national title in 2010 but didn't qualify for the national tournament in 2011, plays seventh-seeded Laramie County Community College of Wyoming at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in its second pool game at Melbourne Central Catholic.
Louisburg, the 11th seed, plays Laramie County at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at MCC.
Paradise, which improved to 20-0-1 while Louisburg fell to 13-7.
Sophomores Ali Doller and Jessie DeLeon scored in the first half giving Paradise the cushion it needed as it spent the majority of the game in the Louisburg half of the field. Freshman Erica Gonzalez scored Paradise's final goal in the 90th minute.
Paradise head coach Kacey Bingham gave her team a seven out of 10 for its efforts.
"I think the first half was pretty good," she said. "Second half slowed down a little bit. I think we needed to recognize earlier that they had a lot of numbers in front of goal and we needed to find our outlets wide.
"I think they needed to press harder in the second half."
For his part Louisburg coach Andy Stokes gave credit to Paradise.
"I think we tried everything we had," Stokes said. "We gave 100 percent. That was a quality team. They're not number two in the nation for no reason. It's disappointing obviously but I think we gave all we had today."
DeLeon believes her team is in great shape.
"I think there's always room for improvement but we've come into each game pretty solid," she said. "We have a lot of numbers so any injuries, any tiredness, fatigue we have numbers to come into the game.
"I was just pretty confident in our team."