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home : sports : sports Saturday, June 25, 2016

4/6/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Central sophomore John Stammeyer works to get a shot off while a Center Point-Urbana defender closes in during Tuesday’s tilt between the Sabers and Stormin’ Pointers. All the scoring in the game occurred during the second half, but it Center Point-Urbana who came out on top with a 3-1 win. Photo by Ross Eberhart
Sabers fail to take advantage of chances against Pointers

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

Missed opportunities proved to be costly for the Central boys soccer team, Tuesday afternoon, as the Sabers hosted 10th-ranked Center Point-Urbana.

The Sabers had the wind on their side during the first half of the encounter and used it to created multiple scoring chances against the Stormin' Pointers.

Central, though, was unable to convert those opportunities into goals and the two teams went into the break still scoreless.

Unfortunately for the Sabers, Center Point-Urbana wasted little time taking advantage of its half with the wind as they quickly opened the second half with a goal.

The Stormin' Pointers added to their lead too as a contentious call gave Center Point-Urbana a penalty kick which it converted to make it 2-0.

The visitors tacked on one more insurance goal and a late Central goal proved to be harmless in a 3-1 setback.

"We played well in the first half and we were the better team having the better opportunities," Central head coach Eduardo Garza said. "We finish our chances and it's a different game."

Instead, it was the Stormin' Pointers, who made the most of their opportunities. Center Point-Urbana scored less than 10 minutes into the second half to get on the board and then took advantage of a questionable foul call in the Saber box to add to its lead.

Now down two, Garza switched things up and brought forward another attacker, while using just three defenders.

Center Point-Urbana took advantage, using the Sabers' aggressiveness against them as a Stormin' Pointer counterattack penetrated the Sabers' defense and scored goal number three.

The Sabers were able to get on the board with their own penalty kick as Pablo Curiel-Garcia blasted home his fourth goal of the season.

It proved to be too little, too late, however, as time expired with the Sabers still down two.

Senior Cameron O'Neill led the Sabers with three shots, including two on goal, while David Holm had two shots of his own. Hunter Ilg, Keegan Lass and Matt Moore also had shots for the Sabers, who got nine saves from goalkeeper Alby Saliu.

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