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May 13, 2009 > Panthers clinch first place

Panthers clinch first place

Submitted By Coach Paul Dunn
Photos By Courtesy of Ed Ohye

The top two teams in Fremont's U-15 Spring league - Panthers and Break - met for the third time this season on Saturday afternoon, May 9. By now both teams knew each other well and defended appropriately, leading to a 1-1 draw.

Break pushed forward from the whistle and the Panthers were very dangerous on the break. Just after opening whistle, Erica Ohye stormed down the wing and crossed to Natalie Cory whose strong shot was handily saved by Break's keeper.

At the other end, Panthers keeper, Zarin Khan, saved one of Break's best chances, which came from point-blank range. Ohye had several other good opportunities only to be thwarted by Break's goalie, and the first half ended, 0-0, as both goalies had great games.

In the second half, the Panthers moved Megan Dunn to right forward and she added a new dimension to the Panthers' offense with powerful runs down the right wing. It was only a matter of time before a long Rhian Dunn throw-in found Megan Dunn in the Break's penalty box, and she had just enough time to turn and pass the ball across the face of the goal to find Ohye, who just had to poke the ball home from short range to give the Panthers the lead, 1-0.

Shortly after, Break got a "break" when the referee called a foul on the edge of the Panthers goal area and awarded a penalty kick. Khan dived the right way, but the low, hard penalty shot crept under her body and into the net to even the score, 1-1.

The Panthers got their own bit of luck, when they were awarded a penalty minutes later. However, they were not able to take advantage of their opportunity like Break as Sarina Utamsing saw her shot well saved by the goalie.

Utamsing's missed opportunity was the last for either side, as the game ended as it did going into the half, even. With the point, the Panthers clinched first place in the league.

Several young Panthers had strong games with Sanchla Sehgal in the backfield, and Meghana Paranjpe on defense and in the midfield, standing out.

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