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Horizon heads to district playoffs after loss

News staff writer

October 21, 2006

With a win on Thursday, the Horizon boys could have punched an express ticket to the state playoffs. However, after a 2-1 loss to Portland Adventist, the road just got a little longer.

Heading into the game Horizon had a chance at No. 1 seed and an automatic state berth; however, with the loss they drop to a No. 4 seed.

That means they will have to win two games in a district playoff to qualify for state as their league’s No. 3 seed.

Portland Adventist took the lead on a first half goal, but Horizon threatened until the final moments. Several shots were just wide or high as the Hawks tried to find an equalizer.

However, a late communication mistake proved to be their undoing when a ball dropped between a defender and goalkeeper Cameron Root off a free kick and then bounced over Root’s head and into the goal in the 76th minute.

Horizon found the net in the 80th minute when Stephen Stenberg hit the ball off the outside of his right foot and into the goal to cut the gap to 2-1, but Horizon could not come up with another goal before time ran out.

“We were off by just a little bit each time,” Horizon coach Mark Lago said. “We either had passes that were too far forward or too far back.”

Horizon will now play a loser-out game against the No. 5 seed in special district 3, which will likely be Corbett.

A win in that game would put them in another loser-out game against the loser of a match up between the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds.

Even though they now face a longer road in the playoffs Lago was happy with the way his team played against Portland Adventist.

Horizon’s first district playoff game will be next Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Horizon.

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