Striker Rainee Brito #9 pushes a penalty kick by the Bulls goalkeeper for her second goal in the Dawgs 6-0 shutout of SLAM Academy. Photo by Lou Martin

After three straight games of little offense, the Virgin Valley HS Lady Bulldogs broke the drought with a 6-0 onslaught over SLAM Academy. The Dawgs were shut out by Boulder City 3-0 and tied Sunrise Mountain 1-1and Chaparral 0-0 to begin 3A Sunrise League play before Thursday’s encounter with the Bulls.

Thursday’s game started as a defensive struggle as the Bulldogs managed only one shot on goal after nine minutes of play. Striker Rainee Brito changed all that, striking goal 18 minutes into the match from the right side of the box. Brito broke free to attack goal but was hit from behind in the box setting up a penalty kick. Brito’s kick was good giving the Dawgs a 2-0 lead 37 minutes into the first half of play. The Bulldogs struck goal again with less than one minute remaining in the first half. Zoey Tobler on a fake corner kick saw Brito in the box and lifted a perfect pass to Brito who headed the ball into the net for her third goal of the game. The half ended with the Dawgs up 3-0.

The Bulldogs duplicated their scoring in the second half as Paola Garcia, Sarah Barnum and Zoey Tobler struck goal giving the Dawgs a 6-0 win. Tobler, Leslie Salazar and Jayde Tafili had assists for the Dawgs. Erin Ofori garnered the shutout. The win gave the Bulldogs a 6-1-3 season record, but most importantly a 2-0-2 record in 3A Sunrise League play. “What a difference a game makes,” said Bulldog coach Scott Trimming. “We had 23 opportunities against Chaparral but failed to finish and tied 0-0 on Tuesday.” The Lady Dawgs have a break from league play hosting Doral Academy on Wed. October 2.