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Tigers fall 5-2 to Bobcats

Cienega players had ‘revenge on their minds’

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Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:22 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

When Marana's Jessi Koeppen scored on a breakaway right after halftime, the Marana Tigers girls' soccer squad had a 2-1 lead, and the home crowd was going wild.

But within a matter of four minutes, the Tigers went from a lead to a 3-2 deficit as they fell to the Cienega Bobcats, 5-2, last Tuesday.

Just a minute after Koeppen’s goal, the Bobcats’ Cady Cartwright tied the score.

Both teams had scored on their first shot of the second half. However, the Bobcats didn’t stop there. Two minutes after scoring the tying goal, Cartwright had a breakaway opportunity and cashed in to give Cienega a 3-2 lead.

“We are guilty of an emotional roller coaster,” said Marana’s fourth-year coach, Dan Tarquin. “Having ups and downs.”

Tarquin admitted that two goals so close together were hard for the team to shake off.

Cienega’s Chelsea Channel scored the game’s first goal in the fourth minute to give her team a 1-0 lead.

“We gave up an early goal Friday,” Tarquin said. “But that was bad luck.”

In the 23rd minute, Haley Laulusa scored for the Tigers on an assist from senior Ashley Willoughby, the team’s leading scorer the last two years, to tie it at 1-1.

Once the Tigers scored the tying goal, they certainly grabbed the momentum. Even though the score stayed tied, the shift in momentum was so apparent that a disgruntled Bobcat player blurted out, “Blue, pick it up. This is embarrassing.”

The Bobcats had one final chance to score late in the half. They got a penalty kick with 6:30 left, but keeper Tori Stocker saved it.

“In the first half, she only had to make 2-3 saves,” Tarquin said. “In the second half, they (Cienega) had more balls go through.”

After a count of about five shots by the Bobcats in the first half, Cienega’s offense dominated play in the second half with 14 shots at or near the goal.

Cienega’s Channel finished with a hat trick when she scored a goal in the 57th minute with the outcome no longer in doubt.

“We do well versus weaker teams,” Tarquin said. “Teams better or equal than us, we don’t do well against.”

Cienega (7-3) is ranked number 8, while Marana (5-5) is at number 16. The top 16 teams in the power rankings advance to the playoffs.

“We beat them last year,” Tarquin said. “They had revenge on their minds.”

With the season winding down, the Tigers are hoping to finish strong. They showed their mettle beating Sahuarita and Palo Verde in their own tournaments. Now they need to show they can win big games that influence power points. (The tournament games did not count.)

Last year’s Marana team made the state playoffs for the first time and went to the quarterfinals. There are still plenty of seniors around, like Willoughby and Koeppen.

“With nine seniors, they’ve been here all four years I’ve been here,” Tarquin said. “I took nine freshmen at that time.

“I want to do well for them. I want them to go out on a winning team.”

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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)

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