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Girls soccer: Frederick, Skyline battle to tie after multiple delays

Frederick's Melanie Lathrop, left, and Skyline's Marissa Rogers compete for the ball in the first half of the two teams' 0-0 tie on Thursday night that ended after regulation due to lightning in the area.
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Frederick’s Melanie Lathrop, left, and Skyline’s Marissa Rogers compete for the ball in the first half of the two teams’ 0-0 tie on Thursday night that ended after regulation due to lightning in the area.

FREDERICK — Throughout the night, the Skyline soccer team couldn’t catch a break.

The Falcons weren’t complaining about the end result, though, after they tied host Frederick 0-0 on Thursday night in a key Class 4A Tri-Valley League game.

“I think it’s a great day; we tied,” Skyline coach Kevin Puckett said. “It doesn’t hurt us. I think it actually locks us into the second spot in the conference, so we’re good with that.”

Skyline (7-4-1, 7-2-1 in TVL) sits behind Windsor in the conference standings. Frederick (8-3-3, 6-2-3) is third.

“I think we have to (look at it as a missed opportunity) because we realize a tie is the same as a loss to us tonight,” Frederick coach Chad Eisentrager said.

From beginning to end, it was a bizarre night. The contest started 50 minutes late because of lightning in the area. It also ended early because of poor weather. The final two minutes of regulation were played with a stiff wind blowing at the Skyline goal. With the wind whipping, rain falling and lightning off in the distance, the officials canceled overtime, ruled the game a tie and sprinted off the field.

“It was an interesting game of soccer for sure tonight,” Eisentrager said. “Obviously it didn’t go our way in the end. I’m obviously disappointed we called the game with some wind and rain with no lightning really in the area, but we also asked for it by not finishing our chances in the first half.”

Throughout the game, neither team had great scoring chances. Frederick had the best chances, though, and could not put the ball away. Junior MaKenzie Urban was active in pressuring the Falcons’ goal all night.

The Warriors also had an advantage most of the night. Skyline’s Tara Schulz was hit with a red card early in the game and Skyline played the next 49 minutes down one player. Then, with just under 15 minutes to play, her twin sister Tanya Schulz got a red card. That put the Falcons down two players for the rest of the game.

“We still went out and played our heart out and we played with eight players and still didn’t let them have a shot,” Skyline midfielder Nikki Mastriona said. “We had to learn to keep our cool, learn to pass to feet, not panic and play our game plan like we always do and not let them get anything through to (goalkeeper Rebecca Kissinger).”

Frederick defender Cheyanne Becerra said the Warriors missed an opportunity, but that they were pleased with their effort.

“This was one of the best games we’ve played,” she said. “We’re impressed by our performance, but we really needed the win.”Skyline had more bad news with just over 6 minutes to play. Junior Deandra Elcock went down with an injury and, after a 30-minute delay, was taken off the field in an ambulance. Puckett believes it was more of a precautionary measure and that Elcock will be OK.

When it was over, Puckett and the Falcons were more than happy to run to the bus with a tie. Frederick, which defeated the Falcons 1-0 earlier this season, wasn’t so pleased.

“Beating them a second time would have been a big benefit to us,” Eisentrager said. “Unfortunately they defended well and we lacked that killer instinct in front of goal.”

NOTES: The Schulz sisters will have to sit out Saturday’s game against Northridge, as well, because of their red cards. … Puckett said this is just the second time in his 12 years of coaching he’s had a player taken off in an ambulance. … Earlier in the day, Skyline learned that junior Hannah Truesdale will miss the rest of the season for medical reasons. … Kissinger made six saves. … Frederick’s Alex Godinez played well in net also and had four saves.

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Frederick 0, Skyline 0

At Frederick H.S.

Skyline (7-4-1, 7-2-1) 0 0 — 0

Frederick (8-3-3, 6-2-3) 0 0 — 0

Goals (assists) — None.

Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Skyline: Rebecca Kissinger (80-0-6). Frederick: Alex Godinez (80-0-4).

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