Bizarre game, Wednesday's (9/17) predicts; rankings if you missed them

If there is a more bizarre game played this high school season then it will have to go some to top Tuesday’s Santa Rosa at Maria Carrillo men’s game.
Final score: MC 6, SR 5.
But that is only the beginning.
As a noted radio host might say: “…and here is the rest of the story.”
The Pumas, ranked No. 1 in the PD poll this week, came out for their North Bay League opener and took a 4-0 lead.
“We didn’t know what to expect in our first league game,” SR head coach Neil Turnbull said. “We came out a little timid against them and they were a lot sharper than we were.”
So, 25 minutes into the contest the Panthers were down 4-nil. But that’s when it started to get interesting. SR got a re-kick on a PK attempt and converted and then scored again before halftime to make it 4-2.
Puma head coach Mike Mastin had a healthy discussion with the officiating crew at the break and found himself back in the locker room in the second half after he was ejected.
“We started to build on those two goals and we came all the way back to tie it 4-4,” Turnbull added.
MC went up 5-4 and then SR tied it 5-5. Near the end of the contest, as the game was in about a 5-minute stoppage time period, according to Turnbull, a couple of Panthers went down in the box, nothing was called and the Pumas headed downfield. The Panthers never got the ball back as MC scored to win it.
“Finally, the official stopped play so we could tend to our injured player,” Turnbull said. “And usually after that the other team, if they have the ball, graciously kicks it out of bounds to the other team. But that didn’t happen yesterday.”
Mastin agreed that that is what usually happens, but he said it isn’t the rule in high school soccer.
“Usually in that situation it’s a dropped ball or it is passed out of bounds to the opposing team,” Mastin admitted, “but in high school whoever is in possession of the ball at that point it’s an indirect free kick for them.”
Mastin’s ejection was only the second of his high school coaching career (he was tossed once while coaching at Rancho Cotate) and his first with the Pumas.
“I initially got a yellow card when I went out to talk with the officials at halftime. Then I went back to talk to my team and assistant coach and that’s when the official called me back and gave me a red card.”
Mastin will have to sit out, in fact he can’t even be on campus during the game, Thursday’s home game against Rancho Cotate.
Assistant Patrick Kehan will coach the Pumas.
“But was an exciting game,” Mastin said. “Santa Rosa is a very good squad, very talented. It’s going to be a very competitive NBL season. I don’t think anyone is going to go unbeaten in league. In fact, I think the winner might wind up with three losses.”

Wednesday’s Predictions

Women’s Games

PREDICTION: (at) Montgomery 3, Maria Carrillo 0
FINAL: Montgomery 2, Maria Carrillo 1 (OT)

PREDICTION: (at) Rancho Cotate 5, Elsie Allen 0
FINAL: Rancho Cotate 7, Elsie Allen 1

PREDICTION: Ukiah 2, (at) Piner 2
FINAL: Ukiah 1, Piner 0

PREDICTION: Ursuline 3, (at) Santa Rosa 1

Men’s Games

PREDICTION: Casa Grande 3, (at) Petaluma 2
FINAL: Casa Grande 1, Petaluma 0

PREDICTION: (at) El Molino 4, Healdsburg 3
FINAL:

PREDICTION: (at) Sonoma Valley 4, Windsor 2
FINAL:

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Rankings

And if you missed them, here are the first week’s rankings:

BOYS1. Maria Carrillo
Pumas have talent to go wire-to-wire
2. Windsor
Maybe best SCL team in a long time
3. Sonoma Valley
Dragons never seem to be down
4. Elsie Allen
Won H-burg preseason tourney
5. Petaluma
Could make SCL interesting

GIRLS1. Casa Grande
Can Gauchos really be NCS repeat?
2. Montgomery
Vikes talent thinned out this year
3. Petaluma
Big test Wednesday vs. CG
4. Ursuline
Decent talent, excellent coach
5. Rancho Cotate
Up-and-coming NBL competitor