Temecula Valley Girls Soccer defeats Los Alamitos in Division 1 Semifinals by one goal in OT – Press Enterprise

LOS ALAMITOS >> The Temecula Valley girls’ soccer team won by a wide margin in their three playoff games ahead of the CIF SS Division 1 semifinals against Los Alamitos on Wednesday at Los Alamitos High School.

The Griffins did what no other team could against the Bears – stopped the Bears from scoring for 80 minutes.

But Peyton Bundy’s goal five minutes into extra time was all the Bears needed to walk away in a 1-0 win over the Griffins.

No. 2 seed Temecula Valley (20-1-1) takes on No. 1 seed Santiago de Corona in Saturday’s Division 1 championship game.

The Sharks defeated No. 4 Villa Park 2-1 in overtime in Wednesday’s other semifinal.

“I think it was a very even game,” said Bears coach Jennifer Guin. “Both teams were phenomenal. It was a lot of fun playing them twice.”

The Bears also defeated the Griffins 2-1 on December 18.

Los Alamitos (18-5-5) still qualifies for the CIF Southern California Regional tournament and will find out who their first-round opponent is when Sunday’s brackets are released.

“They defend well,” Los Alamitos coach Pat Rossi said of the Bears. “It could have gone either way. It was a semifinal game. It played out like this.”

Four minutes into extra time, Los Alamitos goalkeeper Aurora Schuck had made a nice save when she dived to the left to stop a Natalie Mitchell shot from 20 yards out.

A minute later, the Bears were awarded a corner kick.

Mitchell made the kick and sent the ball into the box, where it bounced around and landed in front of Bundy, who scored from about 15 yards.

“Nat (Mitchell) hit a nice ball,” Bundy said. “We’ve been trying to score corners the whole game. We had many options. I was just waiting for the right opportunity.”

Los Alamitos controlled the ball through good dribbling and good passing for most of the second half.

The Griffins had several chances from corners and throws in, and often came close in rule and overtime, but couldn’t quite end the set pieces with a high-percentage shot.

“We deserved them (set pieces) but they defend well,” said Rossi. “They are a good team.”


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