By Josh Levine
The Urban School girls soccer team advanced to the Bay Counties League West championship game with a 3-0 win over Marin Academy in the league semifinals on Friday at City College of San Francisco, setting up a battle with top-seeded University on Friday night in San Rafael.
“I feel great right now,” said Urban head coach Antony Reyes. “I’m always happy to beat MA and it is a good semifinal challenge for us. The girls really deserved it today.”
The Blues (13-2-1) came out firing in the opening minute and scored on a pass from Jenna Waldman fellow forward Mariah Harvey-Brown. Harvey-Brown returned the favor in the 20th minute, assisting on Waldman’s goal to give Urban an early 2-0 lead.
But the highlight of the afternoon came from Thea Harvey-Brown, Mariah’s sister, in the 33rd minute. Just outside of the midfield circle in Marin Academy territory, Thea lobbed a ball toward the net and it floated over the outstretched arms of Marin Academy goalkeeper Sammy Barish and into the net.
It took a couple of seconds for the Urban players to realize that the ball went in before they mobbed Thea at midfield.
Most of the game was played in the midfield, with neither team taking more than ten shots in the game. The Wildcats (6-9-1) managed six shots on goal, but four came in the second half when they were already down 3-0.
“We’re really happy today. We created a lot of chances, but had a tough time finishing,” said Marin Academy head coach Joshua Kalkstein. “Their defense played really well against us, especially in the last two games. We just have to hope for [the North Coast Section playoffs] and we’ll see from there.”
Urban’s win over Marin Academy represents the massive improvements in the school’s girls soccer program in recent years. Kalkstein said that Urban is the best he’s seen them in 15 years, a result of talent on the field and a good coaching staff.
University defeated Urban in one of their regular-season meetings and the other was a scoreless tie. The Red Devils’ win, in the season finale, was won on a late penalty kick.