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Estacada rallies late in their season opener thanks to goals by Katie Willis and Audrey Walter

ESTACADA NEWS: MATT RAWLINGS - Katie Willis is able to get a touch on a loose ball in Estacada's draw with Banks on Tuesday.

4A Girls Soccer

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It may have not resulted in a victory, but the Estacada girls soccer squad showed that they are a resilient group in their first game of the season.

Trailing 2-0 with five minutes remaining in the contest, the Rangers strung together two goals in the span of three minutes to earn 2-2 draw against Banks on Tuesday.

"Having a young team that never gives up and competes until the end is huge," Estacada head coach Heidi Hunt said. "This goes down as a win in my column because they showed fortitude and kept battling, even when they were discouraged,"

Banks was the team that struck first on a free kick in the 10th minutemto grab the 1-0 lead out of the gate. After the score from the Braves, Estacada's Audrey Walter got off three shots in a five-minute stretch, but the sophomore midfielder was turned away each time.

Estacada's inability to score early on was not due to a lack of aggressiveness. The Rangers had 13 shots-on-goal in the first half, but none of them found the back of the net.

It looked like Estacada's chances were doomed when Banks scored on a corner kick to take a two-score lead in the 62nd minute. However, despite nothing going their way, the Rangers geared themselves up for a rally.

Look for extended coverage in the Sept. 6 print edition.

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