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Prep Girls Soccer Playoffs: University Prep wins in penalty kicks
VICTORVILLE • The University Prep girls soccer team won its CIF Division 7 second-round match in dramatic fashion Tuesday, scoring the tying goal with seconds remaining in regulation and then beating Saddleback Valley Christian in penalty kicks.
The game was tied 3-3 after regulation and two overtimes, and the Jaguars outlasted the Roadrunners 3-2 in PK’s.
“It was intense, but you know what, my girls had heart and patience and dealt with the conditions today,” University Prep coach Teresa Candelario said. “We put up with the ground and what the day had for us. We came back and made plays that needed to be made.”
The Jaguars (13-2-3) had their first penalty kick stopped, but Maritza Martinez and Aimee Espino connected on back-to-back PK attempts for UP, while goalkeeper Justice Borden prevented one of the five shots she faced from going into the net.
Natalie Garcia clinched the victory when her shot eluded SVC goalkeeper Sydnee Martin into the left corner.
“During a shootout it is anybody’s game,” Roadrunners coach Josh Cummins said. “It was a well-played game. Both teams had their chances to end it in regulation, but congratulations to them for defending their turf.”
Saddleback Valley Christian (8-5-4) owned the first half. The Roadrunners got on the board quickly when Maddie Castle scored in the first 90 seconds with an assist from Cassidy Ray and Megan Stoll made it 2-0 just before halftime off another assist from Ray.
University Prep never got a shot on goal in the first half while SVC took 18 shots and Borden saved eight that were on target.
The Jaguars turned it around in the second half. Alexandra Holguin took a corner kick from Rachel Hunsicker and booted it home in the 53rd minute and Alyssa Martinez tied it up when she put home a rebound, one created off a free kick by Espino.
Castle put the Roadrunners back on top with a goal in the 69th minute and it looked like the Jaguars were going to be eliminated. But in the frantic final minute, UP received a break when a shot caromed off a SVC defender right to Nadia Lauren, who put the shot into the right corner shortly before the whistle blew.
The Jaguars will face either top-seeded St. Monica or Bishop in the quarterfinals on Thursday.