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Prep soccer: Cents allow late draw

Saugus gives up goal in stoppage time, ties Chaminade

Posted: December 15, 2010 9:41 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Saugus forward Brian Perez (7) scores on a first-half penalty kick against Chaminade on Wednesday at Saugus High.

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It looked like the Saugus boys soccer team was going to escape with a win after a somewhat sloppy game.

But when the Centurions were called for a penalty inside their 18-yard box with less than a minute to play in stoppage time, Chaminade of West Hills defender Nick Uzunyan delivered, forcing a 2-2 draw Wednesday at Saugus High School.

Uzunyan kicked the game-tying penalty kick past Centurions goalkeeper Justin Socarras, neutralizing Saugus forward Brian Perez's two-score effort on the day.

The game-changing penalty came after a group of Centurions got tangled up with a Chaminade player while going for the ball near the goal.

"Our guy kind of hit their player, and they said he lowered his shoulder into him and they called the penalty," said Saugus head coach Seth Groller.

It capped off an action-packed final five minutes, which saw the Eagles bring an extra forward up field to try to erase Saugus' 2-1 lead.

Chaminade had possession of the ball in Saugus territory nearly the entire final minutes, while the Centurions (4-4-1) tried desperately to clear it out of harm's way.

"I think it was just a mentality thing," Perez said of the late push.

Uzunyan was involved in a penalty at the end of the first half as well, when he was called for a hand ball about 8 yards from the net.

Perez fired the PK into the left half of the goal, tying the score at 1-1 going into halftime.

Perez put Saugus up by a goal when he scored his second of the day with 25 minutes remaining in the game after he received the ball and shot from distance.

"They sent me, and I saw the goalie was out so I kicked it from about the 25 or 30, and it just went in," Perez said.

The Eagles (0-4-5) kept the pressure on from that point, outshooting Saugus 10-8.

"It was a very hard-fought match against a team that's a lot older than us, and we were fortunate to come out of it with a tie," said Chaminade head coach Jesse Servin.

The game's first goal was scored by Eagles defender Jamie Bent, who one-timed a cross by forward Nick Barbarino with just under four minutes left in the first half.

Despite coming just seconds from winning, Groller didn't consider it Saugus' best effort for being nine games into the season.

"This was probably one of our weakest games this season," he said.




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