GIRLS SOCCER - The Cardinals look to move up with a pivotal match in Madras on Thursday

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Corbett's Sydney Deline connected from 35 yards out for the tying goal with 15 minutes to play.

Tri-Valley Conference

Team Score
Estacada (4-6-3)
Corbett (3-5-2)

ESTACADA — The Corbett girls soccer team held its spot in a tight Tri-Valley Conference playoff chase after coming out of Estacada with a 1-1 draw Tuesday night.

Trailing 1-0 after more than an hour on the field, Corbett no longer had time to wait on the perfect opportunity. That sense of urgency is part of what drove Sydney Deline to pop a ball high into the air from 35 yards out. The shot looped over the top of the defense and dropped out of the sky just under the crossbar for the equalizer with 15:04 to play.

"It was surprising because I was so far away," Deline said. "But this is the week that is going to decide if we go to the playoffs, so I took the shot and kept my fingers crossed."

Each side created winning chances down the stretch, the best belonging to Corbett when Margot Servais settled a throw-in deep in Rangers territory only to be quickly surrounded by a crowd of white shirts. Servais took the shot from about 15 yards out and watched the ball deflect off a defender, forcing Estacada goalie Brenna Pierce to scoop the ball up off the bounce.

The draw leaves Corbett (3-5-2) on point behind Estacada in the chase for the Tri-Valley's last spot into a play-in qualifier. The Cardinals travel to Madras for a key match against another postseason contender at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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