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CIF soccer: PKs unkind to the Indians

After 0-0 tie, Hart falls to Chaminade

Posted: February 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Not much more could have been asked of Hart girls soccer.

It held off every scoring threat from every angle from a hard-charging Chaminade team in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

And the Indians did so for 100 minutes, including two ten-minute overtime periods.

But after a 0-0 tie, the Indians lost 3-2 in penalty kicks on Friday at Hart High School.

“I hate when it comes down to PKs,” said Hart senior Kelsey Steck. “I wish we would have taken advantage of opportunities in the actual game.”

To add to the heartbreak, the Indians (13-3-6) appeared to be in the driver’s seat after taking an early 2-0 lead after their first two PK attempts.

Sophia Cortes and Danica Morgan knocked in the Hart’s first two tries and Chaminade’s Brittany McKinney missed her team’s first shot off the right post.

The tides turned though, as Hart missed its last three kicks, two of them wide left and a third one was saved by Eagles goalkeeper Chinaar Desai.

“At the end, I thought it came down to who had a little more left in the tank,” said Chaminade head coach Mike Evans.

Up until that point, both teams displayed plenty of energy, especially on the defensive end.

Chaminade (19-5-3) generated several corner kicks and had numerous clean looks at the goal, but the Indians committed to leaving extra players on the backline to counter the aggressiveness.

“I think the game ended up being the game that we expected,” said Hart head coach Mike Gomez. “I think we came in expecting to play a defensive game.”

For most of the game, that strategy worked.

The Indians instead waited for chances to score on long throw-ins by Destinney Duron and a handful of corners.

It was the end of a season where Hart finished second in the Foothill League and ended Saugus’ 20-game league winning streak by defeating the Centurions on Jan. 31.

“At least we ended the season giving it our all,” Morgan said.

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