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Canyon can’t find any luck

Cowboys’ season ends on the road; team will lose nine to graduation

Posted: February 25, 2009 12:50 a.m.
Updated: February 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Canyon girls soccer has been no stranger to close games this season.

However, a single miscue midway through the first half sent the Cowboys home Tuesday in a 1-0 loss at Corona Del Mar in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

The Sea Kings (12-4-7) intercepted Canyon's goal kick and freshman Allyson Brahs sent a shot far post.

Expecting the ball to drift wide, Canyon (14-5-2) was slow to respond.

To the Cowboys' surprise, the ball snuck inside the post and proved to be the difference in the game.

"I brought in all the girls at the end of the game," said Canyon head coach Eric White, disappointment evident in his voice. "(Cowboys senior sweeper) Milan (Cabrera) said it best, ‘Unlucky game, unlucky goal.'"

Neither team was able to establish anything consistent in the first half.

In the second, Canyon had its best opportunity to get on the board when Cabrera lined up for a free kick from 30 yards out.

The shot missed wide by mere inches.

The Sea Kings were more physical and dominated the Cowboys in the air.

Unable to adjust to the size of its much larger opponent, Canyon also struggled with the smaller size of the field.

The field was 15 to 20 feet shorter and 15 feet narrower than Canyon's field, according to White.

"We didn't adjust in time to the field," White said. "That's really what it came down to. The field was 100 percent different than what we have played on."

With the loss, the Foothill League co-champion Cowboys say goodbye to nine seniors - Cabrera, Christina Terracianno, Malory Cisneros, Shannon Seidenglanz, Katherine Hanson, Alex Border, Jessica Leuvano, Kaylee Kirk and Kelcy Morrow.

Canyon's entire starting defense will graduate, shifting next year's focus to its offensive strength.

"We will have more leadership on offense than we will on defense," said White, later elaborating on this year's seniors' effect on next season's squad.

"I think our seniors definitely laid a foundation that we can build on. We have a lot of really good players coming back, players like Malaya (Cabrera), and a lot of our offense - Elvia Contreras, Katie Dillon. We return a lot of players that have watched and learned."

Corona Del Mar head coach Bryan Middleton said he was impressed by Canyon's play and sportsmanship.

"They played with a lot of heart and dignity," he said. "They showed victory with honor throughout the season, but they showed honor and high class today."


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