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St. Francis finishes tied with Seaside

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 11th, 2012

St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High's Nicole Knego (12) tries to gain control of the ball past a Seaside defender during the second half Tuesday at Strawberry Field. Knego scored twice.

WATSONVILLE — Shelby Robinett’s goal in stoppage time gave Sharks fans plenty to cheer about, as the St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High girls soccer team finished 3-3 with visiting Seaside on Tuesday at Strawberry Field.

Robinett got a lead pass from sister Hailey Robinett as she sped past two Seaside defenders. She headed the ball to gain control and then kicked the ball low past the goalkeeper to pull St. Francis even with the Spartans.

For a few moments, it looked liked Seaside was going to escape with the win.

In the 77th minute, the Sharks had control of the ball about 40 yards from the goal, but couldn’t get a legitimate opportunity at a score. Seaside gained possession and raced the other way.

The ball eventually got to Diana Avina-Torres, who was left wide open on the left side. She fired the ball toward the goal, and it swished the back of the net, giving Seaside a 3-2 lead.

St. Francis got a corner kick two minutes later. Alexis Lilly kicked the ball high, and it sailed along the baseline. But a St. Francis player wasn’t open to redirect it toward the goal.

The game then went into stoppage time, and St. Francis tied it up.

The Sharks rallied three different times after Seaside scored.

In the 15th minute, a St. Francis throw-in went right at the Seaside goalkeeper, who couldn’t secure it. Nicole Knego came in and kicked it right on into the back of the net, giving St. Francis its first goal of the game.

Knego nearly had another goal seconds later, but she was unable to connect on a one-timer pass from Robinett several feet from the goal.

Knego scored again in the 67th minute. Slightly to the right, she hit a line drive right at the goalkeeper. The ball ricocheted off the goalkeeper’s arms and trickled just past the goal line just as it was secured. The referees waited a few seconds before confirming it was a goal, as St. Francis and Seaside were tied at 2-2.

St. Francis went right back to work, stealing the ball from Seaside and racing down the field. Robinett tried a shot at the goal from the left sideline about 25 yards away, but it was just high. Robinett then got an opportunity at the center of the field about 20 yards away, but the ball went low and to the right.

For the complete article see the 12-13-2012 issue.

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