Second-half goal leaves Central with a tie in league opener

GIRLS SOCCER - Jessica Rogers scores the tying goal, as Rams put on late pressure
by: David Ball Central Catholic's Maheyla Molinari gets into position to take a pass in front of Barlow midfielder Kendal Kern during Thursday night's 1-1 draw at Delta Park.

Central Catholic was in heavy pursuit of the tying goal during the second half Thursday against Barlow, and Miheyla Molinari was on the verge of celebrating after breaking past two defenders for a 1-on-1 chance against Bruins keeper Ashlynn Schmitt. Her low roller sneaked in front of the goalie's gloves only to hit the far post and come to a stop a foot in front of the goal line. Bruins defender Sam Porter was first to the ball and cleared it from danger.

However, the missed chance only delayed the Rams party.

Moments later, Jessica Rogers ran onto another ball in the box and drilled a goal into the center of the net to tie the score 1-1 with 24:35 to play - that would hold up to be the final score.

Central maintained possession in Barlow's end for most of the final 15 minutes, but couldn't knock another one over the line.

Barlow's last chance came with 6:15 on the clock when Kayley King let loose with a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box forcing Central goalie Kate Schlegel to move several steps and make a shoulder-high save.

After a scoreless first half, the Bruins took a brief 1-0 lead when Brittney Currin won a 50-50 ball deep in Central territory, putting on a quick spin move to gain separation from her defender and fire a low crossing pass through the box. Teammate Nichole Klein appeared on the other end, surging in front of a white jersey at the last moment to deflect the ball into the side of the goal from point-blank range.

Look for extended match coverage in the Sept. 17, edition of The Outlook.