With the game deadlocked after two overtimes and headed to penalty kicks, the Arroyo Grande High girls soccer team knew it would have to rely on goalkeeper Cheyenne Rodriguez to carry them through to the quarterfinals.
Rodriguez stopped two penalty kicks, and the Eagles beat Patriot 4-2 on penalties to advance in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.
“Cheyenne does her job very well as a goalkeeper and you see that she lives for it. I never see her look scared or nervous. She just does it and does it well,” Eagles assistant coach Johnnie Reinhardt said.
Neither team scored in regulation nor either of the overtimes in what Reinhardt said was a defensive struggle on both halves.
MISSION PREP BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER
Both Mission Prep’s boys and girls soccer teams will be competing in the championship games of the CIF-Central Section Division 5 playoffs on Friday.
The boys will host Woodlake at 7:30 p.m., and the girls will host Liberty Madera at 5 p.m.
Mission Prep 43, Strathmore 39
Ally Kersthold led the Royals (12-12) with a game-high 18 points in Mission Prep’s upset of No. 3 seed Strathmore to advance to the second round of theCIF-Central Section Division 4 playoffs.
Mission Prep, which is seeded 14th, got off to a quick start, limiting Strathmore to just six first-quarter points.
“Fouls were in the other team’s favor, and to pull out a win from that is huge for us,” Mission Prep coach John Krossa said.
Bri Harvey scored 14 points for Mission Prep.
“Overall it was a great team effort,” Krossa said. “All the girls played well. It’s not too often that you see a No. 14 seed beat a No. 3 seed but this is a big win for us and I am very proud of the girls.”
Oak Park 54, Atascadero 46
Raven Taylor had a game-high 23 points, but the Greyhounds let a six-point fourth-quarter lead slip away in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA quarterfinal loss.
Oak Park shot 19 free throws in the fourth quarter alone, en route to 31 total.
“We did a better job playing defense in the first half,” Atascadero coach Jim Stecher said. “I don’t know if it was the road trip or our legs but the fouls really hurt us there.”
Mary-Kate Evans scored eight points for the Greyhounds (20-5), while Casey Nero added seven.
North County Christian 59, San Jacinto Valley 20
Cristy Scarson scored a game-high 26 points and added 11 steals and four assists to lead North County Christian to its first CIF-Southern Section Division 6A semifinal appearance since 2003.
Anna Foster added a game-high 11 rebounds for North County Christian.
Brianna Feld added 17 points for the Crusaders (17-5), who will be on the road against the winner of the Apple Valley Christian and Armenian General Benevolent Union of Pasadena.