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Girls' Soccer: Sage, Oxford all tied up

Freshman Tiffany Taylor scores for Lightning, but Sage settles for draw in important Academy League match.

January 18, 2013|By Matt Szabo
(Courtesy of Dave…)

CYPRESS — The Sage Hill School girls' soccer team came into Friday afternoon's match at Oxford Academy hoping for some separation in the Academy League playoff race.

But, after 100 minutes of soccer including overtime, the Lightning came away tied in more ways than one.

They tied the Patriots, 1-1, on the pitch at Oxford Academy. And the teams remain tied for third place in league, as well.

The top three teams in the six-team league make the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. With two-time defending CIF champion St. Margaret's and Crean Lutheran both at 4-0 in league, the fight for that third spot is fierce.

Sage Hill has claimed that third spot each of the last two years, advancing to the playoffs each time. Sage Hill (9-4-3, 1-2-1 in league) and Oxford (7-4-2, 1-2-1) play again on Feb. 5, at Sage Hill.

"It puts us in a real sticky situation," second-year Sage Hill Coach Catie Chase said. "I told them after the game. I said, 'You guys, we really have to start thinking about what we want for the future.' Obviously, that's to move ourselves up in our league. If that means practicing a little bit harder and getting our mindset where we want it to be, that's what we've got to do. We have practice on Monday, we're going to start from there and hopefully go on the upswing. I think this is a team that can do it. They can pull through."

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The Lightning were the aggressors in the second half of Friday's match and particularly in the two 10-minute overtime periods. But they were unable to find the back of the net again.

Both teams scored in the first half. Oxford freshman Kaitlyn Sachs scored from near the top of the box in the 12th minute. The Lightning responded in the 26th minute, after a free kick from junior midfielder Allie Mowrey from just outside of the box.

The ball rebounded to freshman Tiffany Taylor, who stuck it in. Taylor is part of a strong freshman class for the Lightning. Midfielders Janis Jin and Rachael Jaffe also made plays for Sage, though Jaffe came out early in the second half with a left wrist injury.

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