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Cowboys and Indians soccer can’t muster any offense

Posted: January 20, 2009 10:12 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2009 4:58 a.m.

Hart's Jenna Rubin (8) vies for the ball with Canyon's Jessica Luevano in the second half Tuesday at Hart High School.

 
The intensity in the Hart versus Canyon girls soccer contest Tuesday may have matched its rivalry-game level, but the goal totals didn’t.

The Indians and Cowboys battled to a 0-0 tie at Hart, leaving both teams wondering what could have been after a grueling 80 minutes of near-misses and physical soccer.

“I thought we came out and played really well at the beginning of the game,” said Canyon head coach Eric White. “We had our chances. We just didn’t catch a break.”

The Cowboys’ best opportunity came in the 22nd minute when Elvia Contreras knocked home what appeared to be the first goal of the game, but the score was overturned because Contreras ran into Hart goalkeeper Kayce Perkins.

“She’d already kicked the ball when they colided so it should have been a goal,” White said. “Losing a goal in a rivalry game is pretty tough.”

After several minutes on the ground, Perkins returned to her feet and stayed in the game.

The second half was controlled by Hart, but the Indians could not convert on any of its 10 shots on goal. Hart did manage to hold the Cowboys (11-3-2, 2-0-1) to only three shots on its resilient keeper.

“We pretty much dominated the second half,” said Hart head coach Mike Gomez. “We came out a little flat and had to bring our intensity to a higher level. We stepped it up, but we can’t come out flat like that.”

Hart’s best scoring chance came in the 78th minute when Katie Trevino broke free and unleashed a shot that looked destined for the back of the net, but Canyon keeper Alex Krall speared the attempt, sealing the scoreless showdown.

“Katie came so close to scoring a few times today,” Gomez said. “She’s such a fighter, and she is always battling out there.”

The battling nature of the game never turned dirty though as neither team attempted a penalty or free kick as both teams scrapped for shot attempts.

“I didn’t think we played as well as we could have,” said Hart junior Megan Indermill. “As the game went on we stepped up, and all 22 players out there played well overall. It’s always gonna be a tough, competitive game when it’s a rivalry game.”

The teams will get a chance to settle the score, or at least tally a score, on Feb. 6 when Hart travels to Canyon for a rematch.

“Our team definitely played hard today,” White said. “If we can just keep working on our focus and execution we’re going to keep improving as a team, which is important because in league play every game is going to be played at a level like this game.”

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