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GIRLS' SOCCER NOTEBOOK: CLINTON TO FACE FIRE AGAINST OAKS CHRISTIAN.

Byline: Chris Cocoles Staff Writer

When the bright red truck pulled up outside the Oak Park High stadium, girls' soccer coach Ted Eggleston was perplexed.

``Suddenly, this big hook-and-ladder comes up, and there they were,'' Eggleston said of the Ventura County Fire Department members watching their favorite fire cadet, Oak Park goalkeeper Krista Clinton.

Clinton's remarkably quick adjustment from rookie keeper last season to an 18-shutout performance as a senior doesn't have the typical ending: hard work that pays off with a college scholarship.

``She doesn't want to play any more,'' Eggleston said. ``She wants to be a firefighter.''

So while Clinton has smothered almost every soccer ball fired at her this season - Oak Park's opponents have scored all of four times - today's Southern Section Division V championship game against Oaks Christian of Westlake Village at La Mirada High will be her last.

The next step for Clinton, who works part time at a nearby station, will be earning certificates for emergency medical technician service and in fire protection before entering the fire academy.

As a senior goalkeeper, with the defensive unit more experienced, Clinton has dominated. One of the four times the Eagles have been scored upon was an own-goal. They've shut out four playoff opponents and played Division II finalist Westlake to a 0-0 tie.

The Eagles face a prolific Oaks Christian team today. The Lions can spread their offense with three dangerous scorers: Alysha Hoven (29 goals), Mollie Taylor (22) and Caitlyn MacKechnie (19).

--Notes: A key for Granada Hills against El Camino Real of Woodland Hills in the City Section Championship final will be the continued solid play of junior goalkeeper Ashlee Allen, a former backup thrust into duty when standout senior Hypathia Runcie was lost for the season with a broken leg. ...

Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks' Tootsa Coghlan and Casey Johnson, Flintridge Sacred Heart of La Canada's Jackie Fisher, Harvard-Westlake of Studio City's Tracy Lansing and Chaminade of West Hills' Lauren Treinen will play in the Senior Soccer All-Star Game at 2 p.m. Sunday at Loyola Marymount. The team is coached by Flintridge Sacred Heart co-head coach Frank Pace.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Mar 8, 2003
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