High School Sports

Prep Playoff Roundup: San Luis Obispo reaches semis for first time

The San Luis Obispo High girls soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs for the first time in school history, winning 4-3 on penalty kicks over Troy of Pasadena on Friday.

Brady Candaele scored the Tigers’ lone regulation goal as the teams went to overtime tied 1-1.

Neither team scored in the sudden-death overtimes, so the game was decided on penalty kicks.

San Luis Obispo goalkeeper Lauren Harper, who had nine saves in regulation, made two stops on penalty kicks and helped the Tigers advance.

“Lauren kept us in the game all game long and did a very good job, all the girls did a phenomenal job and I am so proud of all of them,” San Luis Obispo coach John Clarke said.

The Tigers will play Martin Luther King or Chadwick in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Santiago Corona 2, Arroyo Grande 1

For the second time in three years, the Eagles lost to Santiago Corona in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.

Arroyo Grande (22-5) took an early 1-0 lead in the sixth minute on an Ashley Roese goal.

Santiago Corona, the division’s top seed got a goal from Amber Munerlyn in the 11th minute and a goal from Tatiana Valentin in the 28th minute. Munerlyn, a freshman, is a member of the national under-16 team.

Arroyo Grande assistant coach Johnnie Reinhardt said Santiago Corona was content to play defense after taking the lead.

“We had six shots on goal in the second half,” Reinhardt said. “We dominated pretty much the whole second half. They put a lot of people back defensively and it’s hard to score against so many bodies.

“They’re ranked No. 1 and they are quick, fast and big. They towered over our girls.”

Santiago Corona also ended the Eagles’ season in 2008 with a four-overtime playoff win.

“We had three or four goals that we wanted to accomplish this year and making it to the quarterfinals was one of those,” Reinhardt said.

“We’re happy with where we got.”


Mission Prep 54, Lindsay 39

Ally Kersthold led the Royals with 14 points in Mission Prep’s win over Lindsay to advance to the semifinals of the CIF-Central Section Division 4 playoffs.

Jenna Dunbar added 13 points for the 14th-seeded Royals, who have knocked off the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds.

Stephanie Darosa had nine rebounds for Mission Prep.

“The girls really stepped it up and handled adversity well and I am proud of my girls and they seem to be really happy,” said Mission Prep coach John Krossa said.