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West Ranch Revenge Is a Draw

Posted: February 2, 2008 6:56 a.m.
Updated: April 4, 2008 2:02 a.m.
It said on Friday's schedule there was supposed to be a girls soccer game between West Ranch and Canyon.

It didn't necessarily appear that way at West Ranch High.
"It looked like a rugby match," said Wildcats head coach Tania Eberle.
The result was a card-filled afternoon for the Cowboys, who scored early in the second half to salvage a 1-1 tie against a team they routed 6-2 just two weeks ago.
"Last time they were laughing at us at halftime," Eberle said. "I don't think they are laughing now. That was uncool and my girls didn't forget that."
The Cowboys had very little to laugh about on Friday.
For starters, they came into the game without the services of Katie Russ, who received two yellow cards against Saugus on Tuesday, or Dee Clegg, who was out with an illness.
A win would have allowed them to keep pace with the first-place Centurions, who defeated Valencia on Friday. Now Canyon sits in a tie for second place with Hart at 14 points after the draw.
Maybe the most problematic thing to come out of the game is one of Canyon's top players, sweeper Milan Cabrera, received two yellow cards in the game which ejected her from the contest and forced the Cowboys to play short for the last 31 minutes of the second frame. She will have to miss the team's next game on Tuesday against Valencia.
It was unfortunate for Cabrera as well as the Cowboys, who quickly were building momentum in the second half.
Cowboys head coach Keeli Paden moved Cabrera up from sweeper to forward to start the second frame, and the move paid off almost immediately, when the junior connected for the game-tying goal in the 45th minute.
Midfielder Courtney Belsheim put a high-arching ball into the penalty area. It bounced once and Cabrera put her head on the ball a split-second before West Ranch goalkeeper Rebecca Seguancia could get her hands on it.
Four minutes later, Cabrera received the second yellow.
In addition to Cabrera's cards, Belsheim and defender Shannon Seidenglanz received yellow cards in the second half.
"I really don't know what to say," Paden said. "They played too hard for me to say something (about the yellow cards) that gets everyone in trouble."
Canyon was forced to play catch-up after West Ranch stunned the Cowboys early with Gina Tumasone scoring within the first five minutes of the game.
After a poor defensive clearance by Canyon, goalkeeper Kristin Grunhold came out to the edge of the penalty area and could not bring the ball in. Tumasone was there when the ball popped out and put the ball away in the empty net.
It's been a good week for the Wildcats, who defeated Valencia 2-0 on Thursday in a make-up game from the Jan. 25 rainout after beating Golden Valley Tuesday. After getting seven points in the last three games, now West Ranch finds itself in the running for one of the three guaranteed playoff spots.
"We were pretty pumped coming off (Thursday), and it was our first senior day," Eberle said. "I think that adrenaline carried over. They really refocused and came out hard today."


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