Going against family

first_img “I’m actually happy he didn’t,” said Amanda, who has seen time at defender and outside midfielder under coach Louis Romero. “I wouldn’t want people saying ‘she only gets playing time because of her dad.’ ” On more than one occasion this season, Steve has watched Amanda and wondered it what would’ve been like if she played forward on his Canyon team. Now he has to devise a way to slow down Amanda, who had a goal and two assists in Friday’s 3-0 victory over Valencia. “The last two or three years, her game has really blossomed. She’s really developed into a strong player,” said Steve, whose team extended its league unbeaten streak to 22 matches with Friday’s 6-0 victory over Burbank. “But it’s a mixed blessing. I’ve coached a lot of these girls, not just Amanda. Although I think my defense can match up with anybody. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.” In addition to knowing his daughter’s strengths and weaknesses, Steve has watched Hart enough this season to prepare a scouting report for Tuesday. But when it comes to discussing soccer at home, Amanda remains tight-lipped about her team. “It’s a quiet subject at home,” Amanda said. “When we talk about my games, he says he’s just trying to be a father figure, but I’m not going to tell my dad anything. “We have a friendly rivalry. Part of me wants him to win because he’s my dad and I want to see him do well. But as a player, I fully want to win.” One of Steve’s concerns deals with the possibility of Amanda being fouled by one of his Canyon players. “I told my (Canyon) girls they can do whatever they want, just as long as they don’t hurt my daughter,” said Steve, whose team enters Tuesday’s contest having lost only once in its past 43 league games, a 2-1 setback to Hart on Feb. 11, 2003. “But she’s a smart player, she can protect herself.” Amanda also knows she’ll have the support of Elise, Steve’s wife of 20 years, who sat in the stands Friday wearing a Hart sweatshirt. Steve expects more of the same Tuesday, with his 8-year-old daughter Madison and 18-month-old Cailyn also likely to be cheering for the Indians. “(Elise) wants to see Amanda do well, so I have no doubt she’ll be rooting for Hart,” Steve said. “I have no problem admitting that I root for Hart as well. The only time I don’t want them to do well is when they play us.” As long as Amanda is on the field, Steve also knows his daughter is one shot away from ending Canyon’s streak. “If she gets a breakaway one on one with the keeper, she’ll beat the keeper every time, I have no doubt in my mind,” he said. “My job is to make sure she never gets in a one-on-one situation with the keeper.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “There’s a lot of tension around the house right now.” The Foothill League had the unique distinction the past two years of two fathers coaching their daughters, with Jose and Nicci Leon at Hart and Tony and Kierra Scalercio at Valencia. But according to Tony Scalercio, who coached Valencia’s girls’ team for seven years before taking over the Vikings’ boys’ program this season, what the Ladanyis will accomplish Tuesday is a first in the Santa Clarita Valley. “Jose coached at Hart for Nicci the same way I coached at Valencia for Kierra,” Scalercio said. “But (coaching against your kid) is tough. That’s just not a position you want to be in.” Steve, who arrived at Canyon following a year at Saugus, inquired a few years ago about working at Hart in an attempt to coach Amanda, and possibly his third child, 14-year-old Alysen, a goalkeeper on the Indians’ freshman/sophomore team. Amanda followed her sister Erin – now an 18-year-old freshman at Cal State Fullerton – to Hart, but despite the history of playing for her father, she believes that him not coaching for the Indians has been a blessing. Amanda Ladanyi has already experienced the thrill of scoring the winning goal against Canyon once in her high school career, doing so last year at the junior-varsity level. She would love nothing more than to do it again Tuesday when the Hart girls’ soccer team plays host to the Cowboys, the four-time defending Foothill League champions. Even if it means beating her father in the process. After 10 years of coaching his daughter through the AYSO ranks, Steve Ladanyi – in his second year as Canyon’s head coach – will be on the opposite sideline Tuesday as Amanda, a junior at Hart, adding even more intrigue to what promises to be an emotional game between the league rivals. “I’ve been thinking about it since the beginning of the year,” said Amanda, 16, the second of Steve and Elise Ladanyi’s five children, all of whom are girls. last_img read more