ROSAMOND — The Rosamond girls soccer team was locked in a tie game with Lindsay early in the second half on Friday night when the lights went out at Rosamond High.
After nearly an hour of trying to get the lights back on for the CIF-Central Section Division 5 quarterfinals match, the referees suspended the match eight minutes into the second half.
The match will continue with 32:12 remaining on the clock and a 1-1 tie on a day, time and location to be determined.
“I don’t know what CIF does in this case,” Rosamond coach Eddie Corletto said. “Is it in our favor? I don’t think so. I wanted to play this game off.
“I thought that we had the momentum. We had talked about some things we needed to do. We were doing them and this happened. I am disappointed. I’m disappointed we’re not finishing this game right now. We felt good about it, going into the second half.”
Corletto said he believes the game may be scheduled to resume on Monday
“Given that we’re off Monday, they’ll probably want to do it then,” Corletto said. “Because now you have a team that has to move on and schedules and brackets to continue with. That’s what we’re anticipating that that’s going to happen.”
Lindsay made a two and a half hour drive from the San Joaquin Valley and may have to make it again in a few day.
Rosamond (17-4-1), the High Desert League champions, had possession when all the stadium lights went out, with only the scoreboard still operating.
Although some emergency lighting and lights in the pressbox were turned on, the stadium lights remained off.
Players from both teams continued to warm up on the field, but after 50 minutes the referees officially suspended the match.
“We had momentum going,” Rosamond senior Tori Gomez said. “We were really getting the ball going on their side of the field and for that to happen really set us back. That sucks, but it’s alright we can get another practice in and we’ll know what we have to do for next time.”
Rosamond, the No. 3 seed in the division, jumped out to an early lead.
Rosamond freshman Alexy Finch scored from 10 yards out, chipping the ball over the Lindsay goalkeeper, on an assist from her sister, senior Alayna Finch.
“Starting the second half, we definitely started picking up momentum and then the lights turned out,” Alexy Finch said. “I think if we can get to the ball first it will be a different game.
“It’s hard, because we started momentum, but when the lights turned out, there’s a chance we could have lost it. We could have not been able to pick that momentum back up.”
The Cardinals (14-8-3) weren’t discouraged by the deficit and showed hustled on both ends of the field.
Lindsay senior Jimena Magana tied the match on a free kick from 20 yards out in the 29th minute, hitting the far, top corner.
“I think we struggled to get back more on defense and step to the ball,” said Gomez, a four-year varsity player. “We weren’t putting as much pressure as we would have liked to normally and they were kind of outhustling us, but we realized that and we were going to capitalize on that and fix that for the second half.”
Alexy Finch agreed that the Roadrunners were getting beat to the ball.
“I think that we weren’t getting to the ball first. We needed to get to the ball first and it just wasn’t happening,” Alexy Finch said. “It’s rough. It’s hard. It puts a lot of pressure on you, definitely. But when it’s tight, you’ve got to work hard. You have to push yourself to do better than you ever have. You’ve got to put your life into it.”
Both teams will face the challenge of resuming a high-pressure playoff match that is tied with 32 minutes remaining.
“There’s not time for games,” Gomez said. “You’ve got to go and you’ve got to start as soon as you can, because you’ve only got 32 minutes and 12 seconds to get a goal in to win the game.”
The winner of the game will play at No. 2 seed Kerman in the semifinals on Wednesday. Kerman defeated Caruthers 5-0 in the quarterfinals on Friday.