Hurtado excels in game of inches

Updated: August 29, 2008, 3:14 PM ET
By Lucas O'Neill | ESPNRISE.com

The inches we need are everywhere around us. They're in every break of the game, every minute, every second.

What Al Pacino's character means by these words, part of the climactic locker room speech from "Any Given Sunday," is that sports -- like life -- are games of inches. When Westview (Beaverton, Ore.) senior soccer player Erik Hurtado listens to the speech before every big game, he gets that.

A sloppy pass, a poor trap, a flat cross - these minor things are often the difference ...

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