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CIF soccer: Saugus stifled

Cents’ season ends in playoffs at Nipomo

Posted: February 17, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

It was a back-and forth-affair between the Saugus and Nipomo boys soccer teams in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs at Nipomo High.

But in the end, the Titans found a goal off a corner kick in the 35th minute and added another on a counter attack in the second half to end the Centurions’ season in a 2-0 loss.

Saugus (10-10-3), which finished tied for third place in the Foothill League this season, held its own with Nipomo for most of the match.

“They may have had a slight edge (in shots),” said Saugus head coach Seth Groller,” but it was fair in terms of possession and shots on goal. I would say we each had a good dozen shots.”

The Titans (14-9-3) were able to find the back of the net with five minutes remaining in the first half when a long throw-in led to a corner kick.

On the kick, the Titans were able to knock the ball past the keeper and notch the game’s opening goal.

Saugus tried to be more aggressive in the second half, altering its formation to bring the game to the Titans.

But despite numerous opportunities, the Centurions couldn’t capitalize.

With about 12 minutes left in the game and the Centurions searching for the equalizer, Nipomo was able to counter a Centurion push and score the game’s second goal.

“We had a couple opportunities just over the cross bar, just wide, but we definitely were taking shots in the second half,” Groller said. “We had more opportunities and we’re just putting it on them, trying to pressure and it left us a little vulnerable in the back.”

Despite the result, though, the Centurions are excited for the future of their program.

“Not only do we have a lot of juniors on this team and one sophomore ... I brought up three players for this game from the JV team and we have some pretty strong players coming up through the program so I feel like next year really is our year to shine."

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