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CDO scores on penalty kick to win, 2-1

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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:23 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Three hundred and fifty-eight days.

That’s how many days elapsed between the 2008 Marana girls’ soccer team’s season-ending, 1-0 defeat  at the hands of the Canyon Del Oro Dorados, and the 2009 rematch that occurred Friday night.

During that time, according to Marana head coach Dan Tarquin, the 12-4-2 Tigers did something every practice or game to prepare for the Dorados.

“We had a very important goal of beating CDO — our last game of the season last year was against the Dorados, and we lost 1-0 after playing 0-0 for the first 78 minutes,” Tarquin said.

“It was a heartbreaker to have the girls play so hard, so much higher than people expected them to, and then come away with a loss,” he added of last year’s 8-8-5 squad.

This season’s team went even farther. The Tigers fought the 7-7 Dorados to a 1-1 standoff before a disputed Marana penalty gave CDO a penalty kick as time expired. The Dorados capitalized on the call, Liz Wong scoring to win 2-1.

The bruising, physical contest ended on a sour note for the Tigers, as three red cards were called on Marana, including one on Tarquin. After the game officially ficially ended, the coach raced to the center of the field to dispute the late penalty call, resulting in the red card.

“A bad call is a bad call,” he added with a shake of his head. “But we can’t get all the breaks all of the time.

“I’m disappointed, but really proud of the girls, they worked really hard,” said Tarquin.

Arizona Interscholastic Association rules dictated that Tarquin and the two players sit out Tuesday’s game against 13-2 Catalina Foothills, but on Friday, the importance of the suspensions took a backseat to a newly-minted Tigers’ slogan.

“Two weeks,” said Tarquin. “We get (CDO) again in the (4A) Sonoran tournament in two weeks.”

Despite disappointment with Friday’s outcome, junior midfielder Jade Carr was already thinking of what the Tigers needed to do for the next time they face CDO.

“We left our hearts out on that field,” said Carr, who scored Marana’s only goal in the game. “Now, we have the rematch in two weeks, and we need to up our intensity in practices.”

Although the result was not what Tiger players and coaches wanted, the game had many bright spots for Marana.

Sophomore goalkeeper Tori Stocker was nearly impenetrable for much of the contest, alternating between diving saves and ensuring good offensive field position with booming downfield kicks.

Marana pressured the CDO goal relentlessly during the game thanks in large part to the shifty and physical play of sophomore Jessi Koeppen. Sophomore forward Ashley Willoughby provided a push on the other side of the field.

Senior defender Erica Urbina and sophomore Nikki Koeppen ensured the goal was protected on the rare occasion that Stocker found herself out of position.

In addition to scoring the only Marana goal, Carr also took every Tiger throw-in opportunity, often launching the ball across most of the field to an open teammate, and on defense helped to stuff CDO scoring drives.

“She’s … ferocious,” said Tarquin with a grin.

Ferocious might also describe what the upcoming rematch will look like.

And, in what has become a heated and bitter rivalry, the next Marana-CDO game has special significance to Tarquin and his Tigers.

“We’re switching divisions next year,” said Tarquin. “This might be the last time we get a shot at them.”

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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