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Stunning free-kick goal sends SLO High girls soccer to the semis of CIF state playoffs

SLO High junior Olivia Ortiz battles with an Edison defender in the first round of the Division 2 CIF Southern California Regional Girls Soccer Championships.
SLO High junior Olivia Ortiz battles with an Edison defender in the first round of the Division 2 CIF Southern California Regional Girls Soccer Championships. tgibson@thetribunenews.com

A dazzling free-kick goal from San Luis Obispo High School junior Olivia Ortiz on Tuesday was all the Tigers needed to advance to the semifinals of the CIF Southern California Division 2 Regional Girls Soccer Championships with a 1-0 home win over Edison.

SLO High (25-3, 13-1 PAC 8) was awarded a free kick late in the first half about 30 yards from the Edison goal. Ortiz, a Cal Poly commit, stepped up and delivered a sweeping strike that fooled the goalkeeper and found the left side of the net to put SLO High up 1-0.

It was the 28th goal of the season for the recently named PAC 8 Player of the Year. The SLO High defense held strong in the second half to advance.

SLO High will face Sunny Hills, a familiar opponent, in the semifinals Thursday. The two teams met last week in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs, and SLO High came away with a 2-1 win in overtime. SLO High went on the lose to Temecula Valley in the division finals Saturday.

The game against Sunny Hills will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at SLO High.

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