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A Tie, a Win, and a Loss

Posted: February 8, 2008 2:51 a.m.
Updated: April 10, 2008 2:01 a.m.
 
Maybe it's exactly what to expect from the Hart-Canyon rivalry.

Neither team budges, even when second place and playoff seedings are on the line.
On Thursday night at College of the Canyons in the Foothill League finale, the Indians led for 23 minutes of the first half and 39 minutes of the second.
It still left one minute.
Off a corner kick by Jessica Tondreau in the final minute of the game, the Cowboys' Milan Cabrera headed a ball in past Indians goalkeeper Kayce Perkins for a 1-1 tie.
"When J.T. hit it, it was just a great ball," Cabrera said. "I was just there to put it away."
It's been Cabrera's specialty.
When her team needs a goal, the junior has a knack for finding the back of the net.
She is normally the team's starting sweeper, but when Canyon head coach Keeli Paden needs some offensive punch, she moves Cabrera up to forward.
"She's a great player," said Indians head coach Louis Romero. "I've known the family and I've known the kids a long time.
"When her coach says 'I need a goal', she says, 'Coach, where do you want it?'"
Paden even started Cabrera up top on Thursday but moved her back to defense when Hart began to apply some pressure in the first half.
It didn't take the Indians long to get going.
Canyon goalkeeper Alex Krall made two saves in the game's first nine minutes and after the Indians drew a corner kick in the 10th minute, Cabrera moved back to sweeper.
But no one could have stopped freshman Katie Trevino's shot from going in in the 19th minute.
After a cross from Allison Carivau, Trevino needed just one touch from outside the box to put the ball past Krall, a very good time to score her first goal of the season for the Indians.
"I think it was huge for her," Romero said. "I'm very proud of her to be able to do it against Canyon."
The Cowboys struggled to string together possessions in the game and only managed only three shots on goal before Cabrera's game-tying goal.
"It was hard. They have a great defense," Cabrera said. "We couldn't get it over. Their defense was organized and well-played."
Canyon midfielder Courtney Belsheim unleashed a shot from long range that Perkins tipped over the cross bar, awarding the corner kick that would seal the tie for the Cowboys.
"Great game. We both fought all the way to the end," Romero said. "It was only fair for them to tie it, even though I thought we had more opportunities than they did."
For the game, the Indians had five shots on goal and Krall made four saves.
Though Cabrera's goal allowed the Cowboys to salvage a tie, the game acts as a loss for them.
Coming into Thursday's final girls soccer Foothill League contest, the two teams were tied points-wise in the standings and they tied in their first Foothill League meeting of the year.
Canyon and Hart ended the season in a tie in the standings with 18 points apiece and in the head-to-head are tied.
However, the Indians split their two games with league champs Saugus this year, while Canyon dropped both games against the Centurions. It gives Hart second-place status in the seeding for CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs, while the Cowboys will be in third, which means they will be on the road for the first round.


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