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Sometimes a 4-2 soccer loss doesn't tell the whole story.
   Take Culver's road defeat at Umatilla on Saturday in 3A/2A/1A Special District 5 action. The Bulldogs were facing the league leading Vikings (4-0-0).
   It was "30 minutes of great soccer," Culver coach Tom Kirk said. "Both teams had good shots and played good defense. It was the finest soccer we've played in the two years of this program."
   The host Vikings scored when Culver was unable to clear the ball out of its goal area. Instead, the ball deflected off a Culver defender into the net.
   Umatilla added two more goals before the half. Culver rebounded with a 2-1 advantage in the second half. Juan Espindola scored on a left-footed shot off a pass from Jose Terrazas. Later, Terrazas created his own shot by dribbling past several Umatilla defenders.
   "I was proud of how we rebounded in the second half," Kirk said. "We played all 80 minutes."
   The coach also praised keeper Carmelo Felix in making 12 saves, two lightning-fast punches of the ball.
   "After the match, the Umatilla coach said we looked like a completely different team than last year (a decisive Viking win)," Kirk said. "That was our only loss last year, but it was big one. This year we showed we belonged on the field with them."
   The loss drops Culver to 2-2-1 in league play, out of contention for one of the three playoff berths. The Bulldogs finish up the season by hosting Riverside (3-0-0) in a 1 p.m. Saturday match.