Sunday, December 10, 2006

Stingrays Still Alive!

The Stingrays, 2006 SB U-14 girls champs, continue to roll in the area playoffs, beating #1 seed Oxnard today in a thrilling overtime game that saw some very aggressive and physical play. The girls from Oxnard thought they could intimidate the smaller, demure Santa Barbara ladies, and after jumping out to a 3-1 lead before halftime, it appeared that they were succeeding. Rather than meekly back down however, our girls took it on themselves to push back. And did they ever. Marissa launched a rocket from near mid-field that blew by the surprised keeper. Then a few minutes later, after Erin was blatantly shoved in the back inside the box, Marissa punched in an angry PK to tie the score. The first 5-minute OT was scoreless, but with about a minute left in the second OT period, Larkin pushed in the game winner. The stunned Oxnard team is done for the year, whereas the Singrays move into the semi-finals for the Central California area with high confidence having come from behind to knock out the top seed.

Now selfish Dad has to figure out if he can squeeze in the Simi Ride before next weekend's game, which will be in either Ventura or Camarillo.

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