A questionable call down the stretch ruins Sandy's dreams of a state championship.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy defender Rysha Behan gets ready to receive a pass on the sideline.

Playoffs (State Semifinals
5A Girls Soccer

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North Eugene

EUGENE — Just missing out on a chance at a state title is rough for any team, no matter what the sport.

However, the way Sandy lost on Tuesday night in the state semifinals against North Eugene provided a unique and truly gut-wrenching type of heartbreak.

With the game tied 1-1 entering the 76th minute, a highly controversial call awarded North Eugene a penalty kick after a foul was called on Sandy's Sophie Burton. There appeared to be confusion among the officials on who made the call and what the call was. Nevertheless, North Eugene's Sophie Cleland put her penalty kick past Sandy goalkeeper Emma Carstens, and the Highlanders came away with the 2-1 victory over Sandy.

As North Eugene celebrated on the field after the 80-minute battle, the Sandy sideline was clearly shellshocked by what had just taken place.

"There are some things that you can't control in this game," Sandy head coach Nick Kern said. "That's the one thing I don't like about this game. It can be cruel, and today it was cruel."

Sandy finished the season with a record of 12-2-2.

Kern asked the officials multiple times about the call, but said that he was never given an explanation.

Kern intends to file a formal complaint with the Oregon State Athletic Association (OSAA).

Look for extended coverage in the Nov. 15 print edition.

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