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Both Carnegie sides failed to make it to the tournament final, but still played exciting games and fought valiantly. Rhino Press reports the final games of the season.
Carnegie Women’s Team, 4:30 p.m. on Mason 3
In an unlucky game against East Early College High School, the Carnegie women played their hearts out, with passion and tenacity in a very even game. East Early constantly came at Carnegie with dangerous attacking runs throughout the game. The lady Rhinos handled this added stress valiantly, with standout performances by the Carnegie defenders. After a series of menacing shots on goal, in both sides of the field, somehow not one goal was scored. To decide the victors of the game, the two teams were brought to penalties. The penalty shoot out was by far the most exciting and nerve racking part of the games. The Carnegie women faced heavy pressure, as these final penalties would decide the outcome of the tournament. The girls started their penalties off with a cool finish from Carnegie co-captain Kendall Barton ’16. Carnegie senior Camille Potts ’15 played out of her skin in the shootout, in an unfamiliar position. Camille usually works in defense for the Carnegie team, but played goalkeeper in place of Carnegie’s regular Nathalia Chiesa ’17, who could not make it to the game. She did not show any sign of discomfort during the penalty shoot out, with a series of brilliant saves. Even with this, the lady Rhinos lost the penalty shoot out by just one goal. While it was unfortunate to lose in such a fifty-fifty game, the girls finished a strong season at semifinals.
Carnegie Men’s Team, 6 p.m. on Mason 4
The Carnegie men were robbed of a victory after dominating their opponents of Yzaguirre High at the game last week. The Rhinos started the game with several convincing runs forward, all of which were oddly called offsides by the referee. Carnegie was unlucky to get scored on from a quick run forward lead by East Early’s striker. Many believed the goal was blatantly offsides, but the Carnegie team moved on after the referee ruled it a goal. Carnegie quickly came back with a series of threatening attacks on goal, from Carnegie senior Jason Euscate ’15. Jason showed a brilliant display of ball control, dribbling past the East Early defenders at every turn. He earned himself a penalty, after frustrating the enemy defense and drawing a foul in the goal box. Jason was unlucky not to score, when his shot hit the woodwork and flew back into play. The Rhinos were still able to equalize, after Carnegie freshman Riordan Keneally scored a powerful header off a corner kick. After this, it became Carnegie’s game to lose. They kept possession and threatened the defense with plenty of dangerous attacks set up in the midfield. Most of these runs were cut short by disgusting fouls that just happened to have been missed by the referees, or simply called offside.
And just when you least expected it, East Early scored a beautiful goal, and though I was watching as a Rhino fan, I couldn’t help but admire the shot. Carnegie continued to push forward for the remainder of the game. The Carnegie offense played passionately, but they just couldn’t find another goal to score. The game ended in 2-1 East Early took the victory. There were tears in the eyes of many Rhino players. It was a tough loss, and many (including myself) believed the score did not properly match the game.
After the game, men’s coach Jeff Christian added that despite the disappointing result, the crucial play was all worth it. He added that he was extremely proud of the team and of the amazing season they achieved.