Girls Soccer: Lowell rolls over Lincoln in AAA semifinals after scoreless first half

Lowell sophomore Mikela Waldman takes control of the ball between a pair of Lincoln defenders on Wednesday at Boxer Stadium. (Photo by Aaron Perez)

By Josh Levine

Behind a hat trick from sophomore Mikela Waldman, Lowell High School’s girls soccer team cruised to a 4-0 win over Lincoln in the Academic Athletic Association semifinals on Wednesday at Boxer Stadium.

Waldman’s goals came in the 41st, 53rd and 59th minutes and senior Alejandra Sanchez added another goal in the 47th minute on an assist from Zoe Charter-Kuo.

Lowell senior forward Alejandra Sanchez races toward a loose ball against Lincoln on Wednesday at Boxer Stadium. (Photo by Aaron Perez)

The potent Lowell offense took 34 shots in the game, including 22 on goal. The Cardinals’ defense was equally as strong and didn’t allow the Mustangs (8-3-4) to take a single shot on goal and only allowed them to cross midfield twice in the first half.

But the the Cardinals (19-2-2) were held scoreless in the first half for the first time in AAA play this season, despite 10 shots on goal.

“We had trouble finishing, especially in the first half, but their goalkeeper did an amazing job and we were not ready for that,” Waldman said. “Give Lincoln credit though. They played well, but it was great when we finally found the back of the net.”

With the Mustangs’ normal starting goalkeeper unable to play, Lincoln captain Kelly Graber stepped in to guard the net and had 15 saves in 58 minutes. Graber swapped with fellow defensive player Roci Dallila Cruz in the 58th minute after allowing three second-half goals.

“It was really crazy out there, but I couldn’t have done it without my defense,” Graber said. “When I found out [our starting goalkeeper wasn’t playing], I wasn’t very happy because I don’t like being a keeper.”

Lowell advances to the championship game to face Washington on Saturday, and several Eagles players and coaches were in the stands to watch their opponent on Wednesday.

“I like Washington and I respect their program, and I like [Washington head coach] Charlie Brinton,” said Lowell head coach Marcos Estebez. “I’m happy for him to be here. On this field, it is all about space and creating a mismatch out there because [it] is so wide. The center midfielder position is going to be huge and we need a big game from our freshman Mikki Okamoto.”

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  1. Observantion station. says:

    Great win for Lowell again. It is obvious they just don’t have any team that can compete at their level. Give Lincoln credit for making it to the playoffs. They were missing two of there starters and had not one sub for the entire game. Graber did awesome in goal in the first half but then the second half was majority of fresh Lowell girls to attack. This game coluld have been a blow out of ten more goals. Lowell showed they did not need to prove that could win by large margin. Kudos to the refs, coaches, and players for making it a clean and friendly game. I like watching Lowell play but they just dominate the league every year. Is there any team in the AAA that can beat this team? Will see in the Championship. I still put my money of Lowell. It’s a no brainer.

  2. Lowell House says:

    Mikela is raw!

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