In the final seven minutes of its Sierra Valley Conference and intra county girls soccer game, Union Mine had three chances to score on El Dorado.
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But the Lady Diamondbacks’ shots missed, as they and the Lady Cougars settled for a 1-1 tie in the conference opener for both teams.
“We crashed the goal, but it comes down to putting it in the back of the net,” said Union Mine assistant coach Dave Wells. “It was our first league game and we’re getting stronger.”
In the 73rd minute with the game tied, Union Mine’s Kinsey Del Rio broke away from a group of El Dorado players, kept the ball in place for 30 yards and took the shot. But the ball hit the crossbar and went out of bounds.
Three minutes later, the D’backs’ Yvonne Taylor worked the ball down the sidelines but her shot went outside the net. In the 78th minute, Del Rio had a second chance, this time on a corner kick, but also missed the net.
“In the second half, I feel our team made some great defensive adjustments,” said El Dorado head coach Chris Herman. “We worked tighter on (guarding Del Rio) and we were able to keep the players outside.”
Union Mine (0-0-1, 0-0-2) scored its lone goal in the 57th minute when Jimena Jovel drove the ball straight ahead. As the El Dorado goalie came out to block the shot, Jovel took the shot early and converted to tie the game.
El Dorado (0-0-1, 1-2-3) scored its goal in the 30th minute of the game when Kaylynn Cuddy received the pass from teammate Mariah Thompson and punched it in straight on to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
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