By Josh Levine
It took 100 minutes and ten penalty kicks, but Urban School eventually fell to top-seeded Marin Academy 3-2 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie in the Bay Counties League West semifinals at Kezar Stadium on Tuesday.
Urban had a chance to extend the game further after the Wildcats took a 3-2 lead in penalty kicks, but Marin Academy’s senior goalkeeper Danielle LaRoy deflected away the last penalty shot.
“There was no part of me that was nervous. It was all excitement,” said LaRoy. “As a senior, I knew I would never be in that position again. I was really taking in the feeling of the moment because I know I can’t get that next year.”
Urban was ahead 2-1 heading into the 75th minute, but a goal by Marin Academy sophomore Olivia Lloyd tied up the game with just four minutes remaining.
“I honestly thought we had it,” said Urban Head Coach Antony Reyes. “Our girls came out and played well. We deserved to win it, but when it goes to penalty kicks like that, it really is a crapshoot. I love this team to death.”
The Blues scored the first goal in the 37th minute by senior Haley Pacheco, but the Wildcats responded by scoring a goal within the next minute by senior Torie White.
“I told the girls that there are three important points in the game,” Reyes said. “Those points are the first five minutes of the game, the first five minutes of the second half, and right after a dead ball. They came off of that dead ball and we didn’t get a touch on it.”
Reyes came close to fulfilling a promise he made after Urban’s first round playoff win against Drew last Thursday. He said that there was a 100 percent chance that Urban would upset the Wildcats.
“We had heard about what he said,” said LaRoy. “We knew that we needed to step up and play our hardest against them.”
U – 37th minute – Haley Pacheco
MA – 38th minute – Torie White
U – 58th minute – Sara Ach
MA – 76th minute – Olivia Lloyd
MA – Alysee Godeno goal
U – Ach miss
MA – White miss
U – Charlotte Harris goal
MA – Lloyd miss
U – Zoe Elkins miss
MA – Jop Ubben goal
U – Haley Pacheco goal
MA – Ying Fry goal
U – Danielle Shorenstein miss
Lick Wilmerding 2, University 0
After dropping their two regular-season meetings, Lick-Wilmerding got its revenge on University with a 2-0 win over the Red Devils in the BCL West semifinals on Tuesday at Kezar Stadium.
The Tigers got goals from Sarah Haizlip and Emily Duh to secure a bid to the championship game against Marin Academy on Friday.
“Earlier this year, when we lost 3-1, they killed us on set pieces,” said Lick-Wilmerding Head Coach Matt Kurnick. “In fact, all three of their goals were on set pieces. We came out today and didn’t allow them to score on a single set piece.”
The Red Devils had five corner kicks in the second half, but failed to get a shot on goal in three of those attempts. Overall, the Red Devils took 15 shots and 12 were on goal. The Tigers only took eight shots and mostly played defensive in the second half.
“Soccer is a game that sometimes you get the bounces and sometimes you don’t,” said University Head Coach Deejae Johnson. “I think that we played our best half of the three games in terms of possession and fight. We just didn’t score.”
Goalkeeper Olivia Levine had 12 saves for the Tigers, including nine in the second half.
University’s Adrian Kerester and Katie Shanagher kept the Red Devils down in the Tigers’ zone, but Levine made two crucial saves in the 75th minute to preserve the one-goal differential.
Duh’s goal came in the 78th minute to seal the victory.
“We lost to University in the regular season but we won in the playoffs when it counts and that’s what we intend to do with Marin [Academy],” Kurnick said. “We’re going to give them our best game on Friday and I think they’ll see a much stronger team out of us than they saw the last two times we played them.”
L – 27th minute – Sarah Haizlip
L – 78th minute – Emily Duh