The San Luis Obispo High School girls soccer team had to like its chances heading into Wednesday’s game against Arroyo Grande in Santa Maria.
SLO High hadn’t lost all season (20 games), Arroyo Grande was coming off a 3-0 loss to fourth-place Pioneer Valley on Friday and the Tigers won 2-0 the last time the two teams played.
But playing on the neutral, artificial field of Pioneer Valley High because of rain, Arroyo Grande put recent history aside to pull off a 3-2 win in overtime to break the Tigers 30-game unbeaten streak in PAC 8 play.
“It was a fantastic night for us. I couldn’t be happier for the team,” Arroyo Grande head coach John Clarke said.
The opening goal came on a corner kick 20 minutes into the game. Arroyo Grande’s senior striker Allie Palangi knocked home the goal to put the Eagles up 1-0, and they held on going into halftime.
SLO High’s potent offense, which is averaging four goals per game this season, resurfaced in the second half led by Cal Poly commit Grace Park. The senior scored two goals in the first 10 minutes to put the Tigers back on top, 2-1. Palangi’s second goal of the game, a strike from 25 yards out, evened the score at 2-2 and sent the game to overtime.
In the first 10 minutes of overtime, senior Cate Boller blasted a half-volley into the bottom right corner of the net to put the Eagles up 3-2.
“She could have easily kicked it over,” Clarke said of Boller’s goal. “She showed such great composure.”
Arroyo Grande’s defense held strong in the second overtime period to complete the upset win.
“I told the girls they are not going to face another team this good unless we get to the semifinals or finals. They are that good,” Clarke said. “It just felt like we wanted it more in the end.”
San Luis Obispo (19-1-1 overall, 12-1 PAC 8), who had already clinched a back-to-back PAC 8 title, will wrap up the regular season against St. Joseph on Thursday. Arroyo Grande (19-3-1, 10-2-1) will finish up against Atascadero on the road.
Both teams will find out their playoff seeding when the CIF-Southern Section brackets are released at 10 a.m. Monday.
Atascadero 2, Pioneer Valley 1 (2OT)
Atascadero freshman Kiana Subia scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes to play in the second overtime period to life the Greyhounds over Pioneer Valley on a muddy field in Atascadero.
Senior Marina Garcia scored the first goal for Atascadero (14-6-2 overall, 8-5 PAC 8) in a game that was tied 1-1 at halftime.
The win ensured Atascadero a spot in the postseason.
Paso Robles 2, Mission Prep 0
Paso Robles defeated Mission Prep in its final game of the regular season. Elise Scheiffele scored for the Bearcats in the first half followed by Sydnie Esser second half goal.
Paso Robles (13-8-1 overall, 7-7 PAC 8) will need to wait until Thursday’s game between St. Joseph and SLO High to find of if they make the playoffs.
San Luis Obispo 3, Arroyo Grande 2
After jumping out to a 3-0 lead, San Luis Obispo was able to fend off a comeback attempt by Arroyo Grande to secure a PAC 8 title for the second year in a row.
Junior Tristan Torres scored the final two goals for the Tigers — first on a one-time goal off a cross from Christian Mondragon and again in the second half on a direct free kick.
SLO High junior Logan Axberg opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game on the assist from senior Cole Broome-Hanvey. Senior goalkeeper Benji Alanso had five saves for SLO High (16-3-2 overall, 11-1-1 PAC 8).