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Posted: February 14, 2008 11:06 a.m.
Updated: April 16, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Canyon High's Molly Hall (left) attempts to steal the ball from Newbury Park's Jordyn Zander (13) during Wednesday's wild-card playoff game at Canyon High.

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The Canyon High girls soccer team took an early exit from the playoffs as it lost 2-1 to Newbury Park Wednesday at Canyon High in the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

Despite receiving numerous opportunities throughout the game, the Cowboys were unable to put in the necessary goals to take the win, ending their season earlier than hoped.
"Its been our thing all year," Canyon head coach Keeli Paden said. "We've had chances and we have trouble finishing. Obviously,, some things don't change."
Canyon fell behind in the 12th minute of the game. Newbury Park's Margot Valenzuela took advantage of a deflection from a cross pass and sent it past Canyon goalkeeper Alex Krall to give the Panthers a 1-0 advantage.
The Panthers' offensive attack did not let up as they got on the board again halfway through the first half.
Newbury Park's Rachel Hook broke through two Canyon defenders and managed a shot, sending it into the back of the net.
"It was just chaos in the back because we didn't have our usual defense in," Jessica Tondreau said.
Unfazed by the deficit, the Cowboys stepped up their offensive attack.
In the closing minutes of the first half, Jessica Luevano took a pass from Molly Hall but sent a shot straight into the hands of Panthers' goalkeeper Kylie Hall.
The Cowboys finally got on the board in stoppage time when Tondreau took a direct kick from 45 yards out that made it through the Panthers defense and over the head of Hall cutting the lead to 2-1 at the half.
"Luckily she had the sun in her face," Tondreau said. "That was supposed to be a pass but it was a hard enough kick and it went in."
The Cowboys got many opportunities to tie the game in the second half but could not get the ball into the back of the net.
Canyon's Elvia Contreras and Milan Cabrera managed two good opportunities early in the second half but sent them straight into the hands of Hall.
Cowboy Shannon Seidenglanz managed a shot on goal that was stopped by Hall once again with 10 minutes left in regulation.
Emotions were high after the game as players gathered on the sideline frustrated, disappointed and upset, particularly the seniors.
"It's my senior year and I just wanted it really bad," an upset Tondreau said. "I didn't even think we deserved to play a wild card game being a second place team and they're a fourth place team but we should have won anyways and I'm just really frustrated."


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