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Canyon frazzled by a tie

Cowboys girls soccer has two goals called back

Posted: December 15, 2009 10:16 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The Canyon girls soccer team didn’t win or lose, but left the field frustrated after a 1-1 draw with Lancaster at Canyon High on Tuesday.

“When you score three goals and you get two taken away, and you ask for an explanation and the referee won’t even talk to you. ... Yeah, it’s frustrating,” said Canyon head coach Eric White. “I think we had moments where we played real well and moments like (Lancaster’s) first goal that came off of our miscommunication. ... Overall, I think we played better in the second half.”

Lancaster defender Chanel Luna took a corner in the fourth minute and found teammate Beatrice Giles for a powerful strike. Cowboys goalie Alex Krall defended the shot, but the ricochet went right back to Luna, who slid the ball past Krall to put the Eagles (1-1-1) up 1-0.

Lancaster’s defense held Canyon to three shots in the first half, but nearly allowed a tying goal in the 21st minute.

Cowboys midfielder Malaya Cabrera found teammate Nicole Guerrero on a header, but Guerrero was ruled offside.

Cabrera said the team was sluggish in the first half and made the mistake of letting Lancaster dictate the game’s pace.

“I think we came out slow because we were waiting to see what they were going to do,” Cabrera said. “We shouldn’t be doing that, but we have some people moving around and learning new positions.”

In the second half, White shifted the team from a 3-5-2 formation to a 3-4-3 to move Cabrera into more of a striking position.

She responded by leading a much more aggressive effort by the Cowboys.

An across-the-field throw-in by Canyon defender Holly Gloudemans found Cabrera in front of scrum near the Eagles’ goal.

Cabrera squared up and fired, evening the score at 1-1 in the 45th minute.

Ten minutes later, Cowboys striker Marina Gonzalez found the back of the net after a rough collision with Lancaster keeper Eloisa Lopez.

However, the referee discounted the goal on account of a “dangerous play on the goalie” by Canyon.

White unsuccessfully argued that Gonzalez was making a play on the ball, but received only a yellow card for his efforts.

Both teams continued to play physical soccer, but both teams also avoided making any mistakes until extra time.

Eagles midfielder Brianna Singh was fouled in the goal box with no time left, but Luna’s penalty kick bounced off the left post, preserving the tie.

For Eagles head coach Rick Acuna, who lost a blowout last year at Canyon, the tie was a sign of progress for a young squad.

“I thought we played them pretty tough,” Acuna said. “They beat us 5-0 here last year so a tie is big for us. They’re a good team.”

White said it was a tough matchup and credited the defense of Lancaster, but clearly felt the refs didn’t help matters.

“In a game like that, nine times out of 10, it’s a game you lose when you have the refs playing against you for a far more physical team, but I was proud of our girls. They stayed focused and kept fighting through,” White said. “It’s unfortunate, but that’s soccer.”

Canyon (1-1-2) plays at home against Ventura on Thursday.

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