LAFAYETTE — For a split second Tuesday night it seemed as if the Centaurus girls soccer team had secured its most amazing victory of the year, scoring the winning goal in the waning seconds of a match against Silver Creek.
And then it was all gone in a flash.
Junior Shanlie Anderson’s goal in the 80th minute was disallowed after the referees determined that she had committed a foul just prior to the score. The Warriors were unable to find the net again in extra time and the game ended in a 0-0 draw. “Obviously I wish we had won, but it was a good contest,” Centaurus coach Mario Bezzina said. “Luck didn’t come our way, but it didn’t go against us either.”
After being unable to get on the scoreboard for nearly all of regulation, the Warriors appeared to have pulled off a miracle with just over 30 seconds remaining.
As Silver Creek sophomore goalie Jaime Kirkland allowed a long ball to come falling into the box, a swarm of players from both teams converged at the front of the net. Anderson leaped above the crowd and the outstretched arms of the keeper to head the ball into the corner of the net.
But just as the Centaurus crowd and players began to celebrate their seemingly last-second score, the line judge came running in to rule that Anderson had crashed into Kirkland too early, negating the goal and essentially sending the game into extra time.
“I should have come out for that one, but I let it bounce,” said Kirkland, who was making her first start of the season in goal. “We kind of got lucky they called a foul, which it was, we were just lucky the ref saw it.”
Centaurus, meanwhile, had a different opinion on the foul call.
“From my perspective it didn’t look like (Anderson) made contact with the goalie before she touched the ball,” Bezzina said. “But you have to accept the ref’s decision and it is what it is.”
Centaurus had a number of other chances to test the young goalie throughout the night. Twenty minutes into the match a Warrior broke free through the SCHS back line and was chasing down a ball at the top of the box. Kirkland was forced to come out of the net to challenge, and in the process of clearing the ball made contact with the striker. The referee awarded Centaurus a penalty kick for the foul, but junior Kayla Matino’s attempt was tipped over the crossbar and out of harm’s way.
The Warriors had another great look in the 83rd minute, when Anderson chased down a bouncing ball and fired a half-volley from 15 yards out and past Kirkland. But the ball struck the left post and was cleared away by the Silver Creek defense, marking the last real opportunity for either side to break the deadlock.Silver Creek was playing without a number of key contributors due to injury. That, along with the solid play of the Centaurus defense, limited the Raptors offensively. SCHS was able to get off only four shots on the night, and never truly tested CHS keeper Kelly Turcotte.
“Defensively, we are working very well,” Bezzina said. “I’m happy with the way the girls are working hard for each other.”
Centaurus 0, Silver Creek 0
At Centaurus H.S.
Silver Creek (3-1-5, 0-2-0) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Home Team (0-0, 0-0) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Centaurus: Turcotte (90-0-2). Silver Creek: Kirkland (90-0-5)