The first shot in overtime went in.

Bloomington High freshman Sarai Montoya's shot from about 30 yards out in the second minute of overtime went off Santa Ynez defender Kyra Glaus and into the net. The own goal against the Pirates gave the Bruins a 1-0 win at Santa Ynez Tuesday night in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Girls Soccer Playoffs.

"It happens," Santa Ynez coach Rob Cantrell said of the own goal.

"If not for that, I really think we would have won the game. We had momentum. The possession time in regulation was, I think, 70-30 or 60-40 for us."

The Sunkist League champions (14-2-4) will play Laguna Beach Friday in the quarterfinals. The Pirates, who won the Los Padres League championship, finished 15-7-2.

"It was a good, even game, a good match-up," said Cantrell. "If they didn't have to forfeit in the final, they might well have won the Division 6 championship last year.

"They have some good players, No. 9 (Nayeli Sandoval), No. 6 (Diana Soberano), No. 25 (Marissa Gonzalez) who are hard to stop." Sandoval leads Bloomington's scoring with 16 goals this year. 

Glaus and the other defenders from both teams kept both offenses from coming close to scoring in regulation.

The Bruins made several forays into the Pirates' penalty box but all of the five saves Pirates' goalkeeper Brianna Rodrigues made, save a fairly difficult one on Sandoval from the penalty box in the first half, were routine.

Meanwhile the Pirates, with Monica Pizano generating the attack from the midfield, Ashley von Tillow flicking well-placed passes and Rozlin Kristofferson handling the ball on drives, made a lot of forays inside the Bruins' 20.

What the Pirates couldn't do with any regularity was get the ball inside the Bloomington penalty box.

"We just couldn't make that final connection," on passes, said Cantrell. "We were missing that one piece of the puzzle."

Bloomington goalkeeper Yessenia Martinez made three saves, all of them routine.

Though the season ended with a jolt for his team, Cantrell praised his squad for the season it had.

"Those three league losses we had were tough," he said. "Our backs were against the wall."

The Pirates beat Lompoc 4-1 in the regular season finale to win their second outright league title in the last four years.

Santa Ynez and Nipomo shared the league title last year.  

"Some big things happened in league this year, some historic things," said Cantrell. "But we were the last girls soccer team standing from the Central Coast in the playoffs.

"We proved we could play with any team from any league that we faced, be it from the PAC 8 League, the Los Padres League or the Channel League."


Sports Reporter