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Prep Girls Soccer Playoffs: Jags survive in PKs again
SANTA MONICA • The University Prep girls soccer team kept its wild playoff ride going with a win in penalty kicks Thursday afternoon in the CIF-Southern Section Division 7 quarterfinals.
The Jaguars were tied with St. Monica 1-1 at the end of regulation and overtime and pulled out a 5-4 victory in PKs.
“The girls just went out there and played with heart,” University Prep coach Teresa Candelario said. “It was an intense, back-and-forth game, but they never gave up.”
The Jaguars took a 1-0 lead in the first half on Marlyn Espino’s goal, assisted by Nadia Lauren. But St. Monica tied it on a penalty kick in the second half. After two scoreless overtime periods, they went to PKs.
Jeannine Lugo converted University Prep’s first attempt and goalie Justice Borden made a save on St. Monica’s second try. Natalie Garcia and Maritza Martinez scored to give the Jaguars a 3-2 advantage before a miss. Aimee Espino made it 4-4 and forced another round of attempts.
St. Monica missed and Nadia Lauren converted to give University Prep the win and a ticket to the semifinals.
Borden made 18 saves in the game.
University Prep, which also won on PKs in the second round, plays on the road against Arroyo on Tuesday.