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Boys soccer season is over

Foothill League champion Canyon is shut out on the road in second round of the CIF-SS Division III

Posted: February 26, 2009 1:26 a.m.
Updated: February 26, 2009 4:58 a.m.
Foothill League boys soccer champion Canyon’s season came to an end at the hands of Bloomington 4-0 on the road Wednesday in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs.

The Cowboys (12-9-2) controlled possession for most of the game, but couldn’t get any of its 15 shots to go home, while Bloomington (13-5-7) converted half of its eight tries.

The Bruins got on the board early with a score in the third minute.

“We just kind of had a defensive breakdown, and they took advantage of it,” said Canyon head coach Khris Savage. “It made the game tougher for us that we had to play from behind on the road.”

Canyon kept the Bruins off the board for the rest of the first half, but the Cowboys were denied a final chance to score in the first frame because the final whistle was blown after only 12 seconds of stoppage time.

“It was unfortunate because we know there should have been more stoppage time,” Savage said. “But that’s just part of why it’s so hard to win playoff games on the road. You have to find a way to decisively beat your opponent.”

Canyon’s quest to make it to the quarterfinals grew tougher in the 44th minute when Bloomington converted a corner kick to make the spread 2-0.

“We knew they were a good team, but we didn’t know they are as big as they are,” Savage said. “When a team has size like that, you can’t afford to give up corners.”

Canyon gave up another corner kick just minutes later, which Bloomington converted for its third goal.

The Bruins added a fourth score with less than five minutes remaining on a penalty kick.

“It’s frustrating to lose a game when you control the ball so much,” Savage said. “There’s a certain amount of luck you need to win any game, and today we just didn’t have any luck on our side.”

The Cowboys’ bad luck resulted in four shots that hit the posts or crossbar in the second half.

Still, Savage was pleased by the performances of regulars Shaun McLaughlin, Alex McCaslin and Jordan Markovich, as well as the play from junior varsity member Jorge Navarro, who was called up for the postseason.

“I’m proud of each and every one of our guys,” Savage said. “The way we played tonight could have gotten us a win, but Bloomington played like a team and did what they needed to do.”

Bloomington is slated to play the winner of Santa Maria and Great Oak on Friday, while Canyon is set to gear up for next year.

“This is a special group to me,” Savage said. “It’s my fourth year so these seniors are the first players I’ve had through all their high school years. They’ve put the program where it is today and have done whatever they have been asked to do for their team, which is why I think we were able to beat teams that were faster and stronger than us. Some of my fondest memories are of this season.”


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