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Pro soccer: Unlucky ending

Blue Heat’s own goal in final minutes forces it to settle for tie

Posted: July 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Blue Heat forward Edite Fernandes tries to shoot the ball past Colorado Rush goalkeeper Megan McCain in the first half on Wednesday at Valencia High School. The teams finished the game in a 1-1 draw.

Just as it seemed that the Santa Clarita Blue Heat were on the verge of ending their three-game winless streak, a costly own goal tied the game 1-1 letting the Colorado Rush escape with a tie Wednesday at Valencia High School.

After both teams struggled to start the United Soccer League W-League game, combining for five shots and zero goals in the first half, the Blue Heat came out ready to play in the second half by blasting 11 shots and constantly putting pressure on the Colorado (5-3-2).

Santa Clarita (3-5-3), which has now played four straight games without a win, scored their only goal off the foot of Ana Borges after a pass from Edite Fernandez in the 75th minute.

With the opposing goalkeeper charging, Borges quickly collected the pass, made a quick move to her left to get past the goalie, then kicked the ball through the pipes to put her team on the board.

“I thought we played as a team today with good transitioning in space,” said Blue Heat head coach Charles Martinez. “We did a very good job controlling the ball and the tempo, but we need to limit some of the mental mistakes.”

The biggest Blue Heat miscue came in the 83rd minute as Colorado’s Gabrille Miranda crossed the ball into the box on the lone corner kick of the day for the Rush.

As the ball was elevated in the box, a deflection off a Blue Heat defender directed the ball past the goalkeeper and in the back of the net to tie the game 1-1.

Otherwise, Blue Heat goalie Cynthia Jacobo played well throughout. Jacobo recorded six saves and limited Rush scoring chances throughout the game.

The Santa Clarita Blue Heat now look to bounce back against the Colorado Rapids Saturday at home.

“We’ve made some adjustments in the midfield to capitalize on possession and create scoring opportunities,” Martinez said.


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