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Eagles suffer heartbreaker in OT

February 23, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

Just over four minutes into the second overtime period Saturday afternoon, a ball arched out of the west. Southwest High boys soccer goalie Ivan Ochoa leapt into the air, his arms reaching toward the sky.

The ball somehow slipped between his arms as it sailed over his head and into the back of the net. Just like that the Eagles' season was over, as they fell 3-2 to the St. Augustine Saints in the second round of the CIF San Diego Section Division III Playoffs.

"It was a great season," Southwest coach Rafael Contreras said. "It's a shame it had to end like this."

Southwest had a lot going for it Saturday. The Eagles boasted a 2-1 lead less than 15 minutes into the game. Southwest also played the whole second half and the overtime periods at full strength while the Saints were forced to play a man down after a player earned a red card and was ejected.


In the first overtime period, the Eagles were all over the St. Augustine goal.

"We had our opportunities," Contreras said. "We just couldn't capitalize."

Southwest got off five legitimate shots on goal in the first 15-minute overtime period to the Saints' one, but none found the net. Then in the second overtime, disaster struck for Southwest.

St. Augustine's Kyle Greenspan launched a shot from 35 yards out that just escaped the grasp of Southwest's goalie, who was looking into the setting sun.

With that shot, the Saints rushed onto the field while Southwest players dropped to their knees in disbelief.

Everything was going Southwest's way early, even though the Saints scored first. Four minutes into the contest, Gerardo Sandoval scored for St. Augustine, taking the ball straight up the middle.

Southwest answered less than three minutes later. Jorge Renteria blocked a shot by a Saint fullback. The ball bounced off Renteria and caromed behind the St. Augustine defender.

Renteria slipped around the defender and went one-on-one with the goalie, hammering a shot into the net.

Six minutes later Southwest grabbed the lead. Luis Montes also got behind the St. Augustine defense, juked the Saints goalie, leaving him stuck in the ground, and then had an open shot on goal.

Montes' shot from the right side slipped just inside the left upright.

Southwest maintained the 2-1 lead until there was less than five minutes remaining in regulation.

St. Augustine capitalized on a yellow card to score the tying goal. An Eagle was called for a foul outside the box on the left side.

A direct kick into the box created a little confusion as players lobbied for the ball and somehow a Saint got a foot on it and push it into the net.

In the first overtime period Southwest's Josh Mora had a chance to break the deadlock with an indirect kick. Juan Garcia managed to get a head on it, but the ball slipped into the side of the goal.

Moments later Sergio Rosales got off a shot on goal that also sailed wide. Renteria then nearly won the game a minute later when he headed a cross from Alfredo Garcia.

The Saints goalie dropped the ball after blocking Renteria's header, but there wasn't a Southwest forward there to put the ball back into the net.

Renteria had another header that the St. Augustine keeper hauled down and Alfredo Garcia sailed a shot just over the cross bar shortly before the first overtime period ended.

"Wait until next year," Contreras said, confident the Eagles will be just as strong or stronger.

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