Piedmont girls soccer ties Alameda, falls to Castro Valley

(Images courtesy of PHS Girls Soccer)

Piedmont High School’s girls soccer team dropped its first game of the season on Jan. 9, then followed that up with a tie two days later.

On Jan. 11, the Highlanders fought to a 2-2 tie at Alameda. The Hornets scored first on a goal by Kelly Wu, then Elsa Wallway scored off an assist from Miranda Liu. It was Liu’s first game back with Piedmont.

Wu scored again to make it 2-1. Then Wallway matched her again, this time off an assist from Lola Biehn.

“I’m happy with the result,” Highlanders coach Dan Chubbock said. “It was a good game. Alameda worked hard, they were physical, they put our defense under a lot of pressure.”

Chubbock said new goalkeeper Friedie Schickedanz had a strong game.

“She made a really good save where she tipped the goal around the post,” he said.

Schickedanz, who has starred for multiple teams at Piedmont, is in her first season of playing soccer.

On Jan. 9, Castro Valley beat the Highlanders, 3-0.

“It wasn’t our best game,” Chubbock said. “We started slow. We didn’t really get going. It looked like our first game after a break.”

Which it was. Hailey Smith had all three goals for the Trojans.

“She’s a good player, she’s a handful,” Chubbock said. “She’s definitely one of the top players in the league. We couldn’t contain her.”

The score was 2-0 at halftime.

“Halftime we regrouped a little bit, played Hailey Marshburn at midfield a little bit deeper,” Chubbock said. “We created some chances but couldn’t score.”

The Highlanders next match was scheduled for Jan. 16 against Encinal. They will then play Jan. 18 at Bishop O’Dowd.

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