NORTHEAST GLENDALE — With several of its players injured or out for the season, the Flintridge Prep girls' team still has Arielle Baptiste in the fold.
That can only stand to be a good thing for the Rebels, as Baptiste will be expected to shoulder a good portion of the offense this season following the graduation of standout Brooke Elby, a reigning All-Area first-team pick now playing at the University of North Carolina. Baptiste didn't wait long to make her presence felt.
Baptiste scored a pair of first-half goals to lead Flintridge Prep to a 5-0 home victory against Ramona Convent on Tuesday afternoon in a season-opening nonleague match for both teams at the Glendale Sports Complex.
"I look at it like I'm filling in for Brooke," said Baptiste, a senior forward who earned All-Area second-team accolades last season. "Those are definitely big shoes to fill."
Baptiste showed she could execute for the Rebels, who won the Prep League championship before advancing to the CIF Southern Section Division III quarterfinals last season, by playing with a physical edge.