Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer: Mercy dominates undermanned Latino Prep

By Matthew Snyder

Mercy head girls soccer coach Walter Cortez expects his team to employ a fluid and incisive style of passing during games, instead of simply kicking the ball and running to it.

So even though the Skippers jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead against a severely undermanned Latino Prep team in a West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division matchup on Thursday at the Crocker Amazon Soccer Fields, Cortez wasn’t satisfied until Mercy displayed improved passing and more assured possession en route to a 7-0 rout over the Golden Eagles.

Girls Soccer: Undermanned St. Ignatius surrenders early lead to Presentation

By Matthew Snyder

Granted a penalty kick in the 12th minute of Saturday’s West Catholic Athletic League home match against Presentation, junior midfielder Lindsay Bettinger coolly slotted her shot in the net to give the St. Ignatius girls soccer team an early 1-0 lead.

But the goal galvanized Presentation, which is currently tied for second place with St. Francis in the WCAL standings, and the Panthers poured in three sensational individual goals to power a 3-1 comeback win and avoid an upset against the seventh-place Wildcats. Female Athlete of the Year: Maria Kemiji-McDonald

By Jeremy Balan

Maria Kemiji-McDonald is a dying breed.

In the age of specialization, where athletes, specifically in high school, improve on skills by focusing on one sport, Kemiji-McDonald has played three at St. Ignatius for her entire high school career.

For the second year in a row, Kemiji-McDonald is the Girls Athlete of the Year, not only because she plays three sports, but because she excels at them all.

Girls Soccer: University needs penalty kicks to beat Urban in BCL West title game

By Jeremy Balan

SAN RAFAEL – The Bay Counties League West girls soccer championship had to come to an end at some point and University High School junior goalkeeper Karyll Davis played the role of game-ender against Urban on Friday at Marin Academy.

After a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation, two scoreless sudden-death overtime periods and seven rounds of penalty kicks, University junior Kristy Ketcham put the Red Devils ahead 7-6 in the eighth round and Davis stopped the final shot off the foot of Urban’s Emma McCune to seal the Red Devils’ second straight league title.

Girls Soccer: International shuts out Bay to clinch third straight BCL Central title

By Josh Levine

With a 4-0 win over second-seeded Bay School on Thursday night at Kezar Stadium, top-seeded International won the Bay Counties League Central girls soccer championship for the third year in a row.

The Jaguars (18-1-3, 13-0-0) have not lost a league game in those three years and only allowed two goals in league play this season. The streak will end, however, as the Jaguars will move to the Bay Counties League West next season.

Girls Soccer: Lowell blows away Washington to claim 15th straight AAA championship

By Zack Farmer

The Lowell High School girls soccer team was frustrated after its performance against Lincoln in the Academic Athletic Association semifinals and refocused coming into the championship game against Washington.

The Cardinals did not score in the first half against Lincoln, but scored twice in the first three minutes and six times in first the half en route to a 8-0 win over Washington on Saturday at Boxer Stadium to claim their 15th straight AAA title.

Girls Soccer: Lowell rolls over Lincoln in AAA semifinals after scoreless first half

By Josh Levine

Behind a hat trick from sophomore Mikela Waldman, Lowell High School’s girls soccer team cruised to a 4-0 win over Lincoln in the Academic Athletic Association semifinals on Wednesday at Boxer Stadium.

Waldman’s goals came in the 41st, 53rd and 59th minutes and senior Alejandra Sanchez added another goal in the 47th minute on an assist from Zoe Charter-Kuo.

Girls Soccer: Washington returns to championship game with shutout of Mission

By Zack Farmer

The Washington High School girls soccer team is back in a familiar place.

After missing the playoffs last season, the Eagles fought through a tough Mission defense to win 3-0 in the Academic Athletic Association semifinals on Tuesday at Boxer Stadium.

The victory advances the Eagles (11-2-3) to their third championship game in four years, where they will face the winner of the Lowell-Lincoln semifinal match on Wednesday.