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"Them's the breaks: Cougs lose by single goal, again"

"Sometimes, Olympic High School Soccer coach Steve Haggerty reasoned, you get a break.The controversial 1-0 victory by Haggerty's Trojans over Central Kitsap Tuesday night at Silverdale Stadium left Cougar coach Jason Visintainer wondering if his team ever would get one of those breaks.Paul Struwe scored the game's only goal on a penalty kick in the 15th minute, in a situation where the more correct call might've been for an indirect free kick.I've been on the other end of things like that, so I know how Jason feels, said Haggerty, whose team stayed within a game of league-leading Port Angeles heading into today's 1 p.m. showdown with the Roughriders at PA. Sometimes it takes breaks to win, and we got one today. That's the circle of life, I guess.But Haggerty was careful to not be too apologetic about escaping the game with three points and leaving the Cougs to wallow in yet another one-goal loss.Hey, we shut them out, he said. They didn't score any goals.For Visintainer, Tuesday's loss continued what he called the worst bad luck I've had in my life.This is the fourth time we've lost by one goal. It's very frustrating, Visintainer said. When you've got five losses and you're this good, something's not right, he continued. I'm having trouble explaining to them why these things keep happening to them. Tonight, we played our best game of the year, and we got nothing to show for it.But for a fine effort from Oly goalkeeper Ken Campbell, CK's best might've been enough to pull off an upset. He matched CK's Casey Sullivan save for save, ending up with 10 while Sullivan logged 11.But he didn't have to stop a penalty kick.Both goalies played pretty good games, Haggerty said. Kenny really came up big. I think the ones he saved were generally more dangerous than the ones we made Casey save at the other end. They (CK) had some good chances.Haggerty made it clear that much of his team's difficulty was attributable to the hard-working Cougars.They battled us, like they always do. They had more of the play than we did, Haggerty said. I'll tell you, they're a lot better team than their record.That's little consolation to Visintainer and his team, who would have to mount the comeback of comebacks to erase their 1-5-1 start and figure in the Olympic League's Class 4A playoff race. Nearing the season's halfway point, they lead the league only in snakebites."

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