Bulldogs and Huskies brave winds together

The Hemet girls soccer team hosted Centennial on a very windy Thursday, breaking even 1-all

Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley Chronicle
The Centennial Huskies and the Hemet Bulldogs braved the winds to come up 1-all in Hemet last Thursday.

■ Corey Evan / Reporter

Over the course of one’s life, one must endure the winds of change. The girls soccer team at Hemet High School did just that as they hosted the Centennial High School Huskies from Corona on Dec. 7, a very windy Thursday.
Centennial got off to the better start, taking the game to 1-nil, less than five minutes in. But five minutes later, something more abrasive than wind came up on the field; both teams saw yellow cards as a brief inter-team scrap took place between two players.
It would take a few Bulldog strains and sprains to do it, but at the 13-minute mark of the first half, they equalized thanks to Lady Bulldog, Reese Castanon. The back-and-forth action would continue until it was interrupted briefly at the 6:22 mark by a few rogue dust devils. It was truly a sight to behold! No further scoring action took place in the first half.
Our two intrepid breeds would match each other move-for-move in the second half, occasionally interrupted by more rogue winds. But because the half went scoreless, this game would end in a draw. A good draw, at that!
Coach Craig Dwinnell is proud of his girls for enduring the windburn.
“I thought it was a great game; it was a good team we were playing against,” said Dwinnell. “I like the way the girls stepped up and played well.”
Junior Chynna Kifer, who plays defense for the Bulldogs, says while she’s weathered some challenges, she’s never played in winds like that before.
“It was really intense; I’ve played in rain, but not wind like this,” recalled Kifer. “It carries the ball like crazy! I think we did pretty good since they’re a tough team.”

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