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IT May Be Tie, But Advantage Hart

Posted: January 23, 2008 2:49 a.m.
Updated: March 25, 2008 2:01 a.m.
 
With first place on the line, the most important battle on Tuesday night at Canyon High was between the Canyon and Hart girls soccer goalkeepers.

In the end, there were two breakdowns, each taking place less than a minute apart and each ruining the other's chance at winning the game.
The result was a 1-1 tie, leaving the Indians one point ahead of the Cowboys in the Foothill League standings, the same position they were in heading into the rivalry contest.
"It was Canyon fighting for the point," said Hart head coach Louis Romero. "We knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park. They pretty much dominated the game. We played pretty much on defense the whole game."
The Cowboys (12-4-2, 3-1-1) started early, taking two shots in the first 5 1/2 minutes. One went wide, and another was stopped by Hart goalkeeper Kayce Perkins on a short-range shot by Canyon forward Molly Hall.
Hall got another chance with just over nine minutes to go in the opening half, and connected, taking a shot across the box that hit the opposite post and caromed into the goal past Perkins.
As has seemed to be the case all season, an opposing team scoring cued Hart's offense.
Just under a minute later, Lindsay Mills netted the equalizer for Hart (13-2-3, 3-0-2). She chipped in a shot past Canyon's first-half goalkeeper Kristin Grunhold.
It seem to have caught everyone off guard, including Canyon head coach Keeli Paden, who said she didn't expect the equalizer to come so soon after her own team scored.
"Not that fast. Not at all," she said. "That was a quick turnaround."
The only lead of the game for either team evaporated, though there were some golden opportunities in the second half for both teams, despite the rain picking up in the final frame.
Hart's best opportunity came in the 55th minute, when Sarina Coutin broke free in the penalty box and had an open shot on the Cowboys' second-half goalkeeper Alex Krall. Krall came off her line to make a nice save, stopping Coutin's best chance of scoring her 100th goal in a Hart uniform.
The Cal State Bakersfield commit will have to wait until Friday, when her team faces Saugus, to see if she can hit the century mark.
Canyon's best opportunity in the second half came when Cowboy Molly Hall had the ball inside the box, but she stumbled, which gave Perkins enough time to get into position.
Perkins, a freshman, had to come out off her line early and often Tuesday in an attempt to cut off the long passes Canyon was sending in over the defense. One shot came in high and the Hart goalkeeper pulled it down by her fingertips.
"It was hard because I'm short," Perkins said. "As long as I can make a difference for my team, I'll try."
She made all the difference against Canyon, helping preserve a tie and a slight advantage in league play.
"We couldn't finish and we work on that all the time," Paden said. "That's been our downfall all season. I thought we had come over that hurdle. But it's only one game."


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