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Foothill League Boys Soccer: Wildcats, Indians can’t cash in

Teams play to 0-0 tie at Hart

Posted: February 5, 2010 10:35 p.m.
Updated: February 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
West Ranch and Hart boys soccer battled the elements and each other, but had to settle for a 0-0 tie Friday at West Ranch.

Both teams had chances to score, but the wet surface made for misplaced shots and poor footing.

“I often say that wind and rain are the great equalizers,” said West Ranch head coach Mo Burgess. “We had opportunities, they had opportunities, but we just couldn’t put it away.”

West Ranch (6-8-2, 2-6-1) had its best chance for a goal come with about 10 minutes left in the game when Hart goalkeeper Neil Tamashiro came out to cut off the approaching attack. He fell to the ground outside the box clutching his ankle.

Wildcats forward Evan Stevens launched a shot from 25 yards out into an open net, but Hart defender Davis Page swooped in and headed the ball out of danger.

Burgess said it was an unlucky day in an unlucky season.

“(Stevens) just concentrated on getting the shot on-frame,” Burgess said. “Their defender did a great job of clearing it, but the clearance was just two inches higher than our player.”

West Ranch’s season-long injury problems continued in the second half, when defender Winston Edmond went down and had to be helped off the field. Edmond was immediately taken to the doctor and Burgess said he wouldn’t know his status until later that night.

Next up for Hart (6-14-1, 0-7-1) is a home game against Saugus on Tuesday. West Ranch travels to Golden Valley.

“Given the weather we’re satisfied,” said Hart head coach Fausto Arana. “This is not where we want to be, but we know we’re rebuilding.”

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