It stood to reason that the second encounter between the top two boys soccer teams in the PAC 7 would be about as close as the first.
That turned out to be the case Monday night, as Arroyo Grande High won 1-0 in overtime at Paso Robles.
The outcome was similar to Jan. 14, when Arroyo Grande got by the Bearcats 2-1 thanks to an 87th-minute goal that prevented OT. On Monday, the Eagles broke through in the 98th minute, as Pepe Fonseca set up Christian Chora for the pivotal score.
With the win, Arroyo Grande (13-5-4 overall) improved to 9-1-1 in PAC 7 play, clinching its first outright league championship since 2005.
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“It was a very hard-fought battle between both schools,” Arroyo Grande coach Brad Bowdey said. “Paso plays so quick and so fast, their pace was tremendous tonight.
“It really felt like a CIF playoff game,” Bowdey said. “Our senior leaders — Morgan Wack, Christian Garcia, Nolan Krause —they really did a good job of keeping us under control.”
Edgar Ramirez posted the shutout in goal for Arroyo Grande, coming up with eight saves.“I can’t put into words how proud I am of these guys,” Bowdey said.
The Eagles are ranked No. 10 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 poll.
Second-place Paso Robles (14-5-2 overall) dropped to 6-3-1 in the PAC 7.
San Luis Obispo 5, St. Joseph 0
Led by Jordan Knauer’s first-half hat trick, the Tigers rolled.
Paul Sullivan and Matthew Conelly added goals, and Travis Caldwell contributed two assists for San Luis Obispo (11-9-1, 5-4-1 PAC 7).
Righetti 3, Atascadero 2
Down 2-0 at halftime, Atascadero (4-13-1, 3-8 PAC 7) received goals from Zach Roorda and Joe Camarillo in the second half, but couldn’t close the gap.
GIRLS SOCCERArroyo Grande 4, Paso Robles 1
Ashley Roese scored three goals, all in the first half, as Arroyo Grande (12-2-4, 7-2-2 PAC 7) cruised.
Jenna Harshbarger scored the other goal for the Eagles, who received three assists from three different players.
Maria Chavez scored the only goal for Paso Robles.
GIRLS BASKETBALLArroyo Grande 57, Paso Robles 19
Arroyo Grande (19-4, 9-2 PAC 7) held Paso Robles scoreless in the first quarter and never looked back.The Eagles, who’re in second place in the PAC 7, recorded 20 assists on 24 field goals. Ana Vasylenko led the way with 15 points and five rebounds, and Lindsey Wolf pulled down a team-high seven boards to go with her nine points.
Molly Donovan led Paso Robles with 11 points.
Righetti 56, Atascadero 47
Atascadero got 16 points from Shannon Berwick, and Mary Kate Evans put up 11, but the Greyhounds couldn’t out-muscle the Warriors down low.
Alyssa Palma added eight points for Atascadero (14-8, 5-6 PAC 7).
Mariah Cooks led the Warriors with 16 points.