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BOYS SOCCER: Heavy pressure down the stretch fails to produce a winning goal for Rangers

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Estacadas Carson Eaton cuts across the midfield during the second half of a 1-1 draw with Corbett on Thursday.

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The Estacada boys soccer team put the ball into the net twice in the final 10 minutes, but neither goal counted as the Rangers settled for a 1-1 draw with Corbett last Thursday.

Corbett tied the score in the late stages when Grant Embree curved a close-range free kick around a wall of four defenders and inside the far post.

A wild final 10 minutes saw action move quickly end to end on the muddy field with each side creating chances for a winning strike.

In fact, barely a minute after seeing Corbett tie the game, Estacada put the ball into the net twice, but both were disallowed by the referee.

Estacada had driven the ball deep inside the ball and were whacking away at the ball trying to get a clean touch when a Corbett player dropped to his knees. The referee blew his whistle to tend to the injury just before an Estacada player sent a shot into the net.

After the delay, the Rangers were allowed an indirect kick from about 10 yards out. A player put a touch on the ball, and Estacada's leading goal scorer Raymond Garcia rushed in to blast the ball into the net.

Estacada's celebration turned into groans of frustration when the referee correctly waved this goal off, too. Although the ball was touched initially, it remained stagnant in the mud bog. The ball must move from its spot before it can be contacted by a secondary player.

Moments later, Estacada sent a header toward the top corner but Corbett goalie Ravi Heyne was able to get just enough of it to deflect the ball into the post.

The Rangers came up with other chances down the stretch, but two attempts went wide and another sailed over the crossbar.

"We had a lot of chances with the ball flashing across the goal line, but we just couldn't get a foot out," Estacada coach Jack Carroll said. "We played good enough to win it, but we didn't get the goal."

Corbett's best chance came when a player gave chase to a deep ball down the right side only to see Estacada goalie Martin Gonzalez come out of the box all the way to the sideline to kick the ball out of danger and allow his defense to reset.

"I knew if I didn't get to that ball first it would have been a score," Martinez said.

Corbett also had the final chance of the night when Embree hit a knee-high free kick from 30 yards out that was deflected off target with 10 seconds left.

Estacada carried a slim lead most of the way after Carson Eaton put a long-range shot into the top corner during the first half.

"We got one up and maybe coasted too much when what we really needed was to give ourselves a bigger cushion," Carroll said. "We waited too late to push for that second goal."

Estacada did get a good look early in the second half when Garcia split a pair of defenders and beat another Cardinal before leaving the ball or teammate Bryan Reyes. The play resulted in a corner kick for the Rangers, which Eaton was able to put a head on to flick it toward the goal only to see a Corbett defender rise up and use his head to knock if off target.

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This story is slated for our Oct. 10, print edition.

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