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Prep Girls Soccer: Sun Devils exit early
Lynwood scores late to beat Apple Valley in wild card round
APPLE VALLEY • For 65 minutes, the Apple Valley girls soccer team prevented visiting Lynwood from having many offensive opportunities in their CIF-Southern Section Division 4 wild card matchup.
The Sun Devils held a 1-0 lead, were controlling the pace of play, and were keeping the Knights offense in check.
Then, the entire game turned.
Lynwood suddenly scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to beat Apple Valley 2-1 and prevent the Sun Devils from picking up their first playoff win since 2007.
“We had our chances and didn’t take them, and they had their chances and took them,” AVHS coach Robin Goodman said. “They’re a good (team), it was a battle. Both teams deserved to win, but one side has to lose and unfortunately it was us.”
Alyssa Kline gave Apple Valley a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute when she sent a shot from 20 yards out over the head of Lynwood goalkeeper Jenny Gonzalez.
The Sun Devils maintained possession, had most of the offensive opportunities and made life difficult for the Knights forwards for the remainder of the first half and deep into the second half.
Then, two events changed the course of the game. Lynwood coach Milton Huezo moved Karen Monzon to forward, and there was a noticeable change in the Knights’ offensive energy after the move.
Immediately following that, Apple Valley sweeper Krissa Lindsay was involved in a collision that aggravated a pre-exisiting injury that had kept her out for three games earlier this season.
A few minutes later, Monzon curved a free kick into the goalie box and Stephanie Banderas snuck behind the Sun Devils’ defense and put it into the back of the net.
Seven minutes later at the 76th minute mark, Knights forward Dulce Aguillon beat two defenders and snuck a shot through the legs of Sun Devils goaltender Tia Bonato for the game-winner.
“I had my doubts here and there, but ultimately they accomplished what they came here to accomplish,” Huezo said.
While Apple Valley shed plenty of tears after the loss, there were words of encouragement from Goodman and many of the seniors. The Sun Devils posted their best record since 2007 and reached the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
“They had a great season,” Goodman said. “I’m very proud of them.”
Kyle Glaser can be reached at email@example.com or at (760) 951-6274.