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Late goal allows Lincoln to tie Bear River in soccer

Lincoln’s Desantiago converts penalty kick in final minute
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Lincoln High’s varsity boys soccer team converted a penalty kick in the final minute to tie visiting Bear River 1-1 Monday. The victory put the Zebras record in the Pioneer Valley League at 1-0-1. A couple of Bear River defenders got too physical with Lincoln in the penalty box with about 40 seconds remaining in the match. Lincoln coach Javier Banuelos chose senior sweeper Rolando Desantiago to take the shot and Desantiago converted the penalty kick. “(Desantiago) is a confident guy and he’s the type to say ‘I’ll do it. I’ll do it.’ So we went ahead and let him take the penalty,” Banuelos said. “He has also been controlling the defense – he seems to be the most consistent back there.” Banuelos said his team was out-hustled by the Bruins. “We controlled most of the game – we had better ball control. I thought our skill level was a lot better but they just out-hustled us,” said Banuelos, who estimated that his team took 20 shots on goal compared to just two for Bear River. “I think they were more prepared and ready to play. At the beginning of the game we kind of got control and some of our players got over confident.” The Zebras played Colfax Wednesday and will host El Dorado Monday and then host Placer next Wednesday, both matches starting at 7 p.m. “It’s going to be important,” said Banuelos about this stretch of matches. “Come the end of the next week will shape the league.”