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Paradise Valley Cruises Into Semifinals, 4-0
November 14, 2012 - Second-seeded Paradise Valley Community College sprinted out to a three-goal first-half lead on Wednesday and never let seventh-seeded Laramie County back into the game, scoring a 4-0 victory to advance to Friday's NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championship Tournament at Melbourne Central Catholic.
Paradise plays third-seed Iowa Western at 2 p.m.
Sophomore Ali Doller scored twice in the first half, one on assist from sophomore Jessie DeLeon, while freshman Ashley Johnson scored unassisted for a 3-0 lead at the break.
DeLeon scored early in the second half to push the advantage to 4-0 for the 2010 national champions.
Paradise Valley improved to 20-0-1. Laramie, which was eliminated, finished at 13-3.
Paradise Valley head coach Kacey Bingham was pleased.
"I think we came out from the very beginning of the game being dangerous," she said. "That's what I think we lacked a little bit of last game, just that finishing power and more of the accuracy. I think today was a much better performance than Monday."
As for Doller's performance, notching her 29th and 30th goals of the season: "She is always been key for us in big moments," Bingham said. "She thrives off the pressure. She's always a go-to player."
Doller took the performance in stride.
"This is what we've been working for all year," she said. "This is where we need to be. Hopefully we keep working hard and it goes our way."
Laramie County head coach Joe Schaffer credited Paradise Valley for its performance.
"We got beat by a good team," he said. "We made some major mistakes and they capitalized on that. Overall they're a better team. I can't take anything away from them. We couldn't possess, we couldn't get forward, we couldn't use our speed because they were really good at what they did.
"I think they'll do well. They're a good team. We had a great season. We knew we had a chance to come. I think some of our kids showed really well."