An unfortunate deflection was all it took for the Arroyo Grande High girls soccer team’s season to come to an end in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 second round on a windy and rainy afternoon Wednesday at Doug Hitchen Stadium.
Yorba Linda defeated the Eagles 1-0 on a goal in the 37th minute, when Arroyo Grande goalkeeper Kendall Bowers’ clearing attempt struck the Mustangs’ Caitlin Dolan in the head, careening back into the empty net.
With the wind at their backs, the Eagles (16-5-4) tried to find an equalizer in the second half, but couldn’t get a shot to connect. Their best chance came midway through the half, when Brie Welch took a hard, low shot from outside the 18-yard box, but it was caught by a diving Allie Jara.
The loss ended an Arroyo Grande unbeaten streak that had lasted 13 matches and lifted the Eagles to their second straight PAC 7 championship.
Cypress 5, San Luis Obispo 1
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Santa Margarita 71, Atascadero 45
With two players over 6-foot, the Eagles outmatched the Greyhounds in the quarterfinals of the Division 3A playoffs in Rancho Santa Margarita.
Atascadero (16-10) trailed by 18 points at halftime.
“We played very good defense the second half,” coach Jim Stecher said. “And if we had any advantage, it was right there. We were able to jump passing lanes and prevent the ball from going inside.
“We just wouldn’t go away and that was the advantage. You just couldn’t tell it from the score.”
The Eagles shot 68 percent from the floor.
Maddie Leong led Atascadero in scoring with 15 points, and Sabrina Degnan added 10.
“We’re going to be a contender next year,” Stecher said. “How far we go is dependent upon how some players from JV and this year’s varsity step up and improve. I will be very disappointed if we don’t do at least as well next year.”