The Santa Maria Saints scored a “Golden Goal” to keep their boys soccer playoff hopes alive Wednesday afternoon.
When Andres Montano scored in the eighth minute of overtime, the Saints pulled out a 3-2 come-from-behind victory on the road against the Riverside Poly Bears to move into the quarterfinals of the Division 2 playoffs.
The Bears took what appeared to be a commanding 2-0 lead into halftime, but the Saints refused to fold.
“Our defense was really holding them off,” said Santa Maria assistant coach Horacio Vieyra Jr. in a telephone interview after the game. “That gave us time to get our offense rolling and get us back into the game.”
The comeback began when Gabino Montano got the Saints on the scoreboard with a goal five minutes into the second half.
“Saul Ayuso took a shot that their goalie deflected,” said Vieyra. “Gabino got the rebound and put the ball right back into the net, then the boys just kept on pushing.”
But with time running out, the Saints were still pushing.
“With five minutes left (in regulation), Bryan Gomez had a free kick from 40 yards out,” said Vieyra. “He centered the ball into the box where Diego Villangran flicked it into the net for the tying goal.”
In overtime, Alexis Ayala got the ball on the sideline and pushed toward the Bears’ goal.
“He hit a perfect pass to Andres who put it into the net for the game-winner,” said Vieyra.
“The boys never lost faith,” said Vieyra. “They did a great job.”
The Saints suffered one loss Wednesday – the coin toss for Saturday’s quarterfinal match against La Quinta.
La Quinta defeated Bloomington Wednesday and since both La Quinta and Santa Maria were on the road, a coin toss determined which school would be at home in the quarters.
The start time has yet to be determined.
Righetti 67, Rialto Carter 60
RIALTO — Ashley Reynoso converted a four-point play at the 3:05 mark of the fourth quarter to put the Warriors ahead for good, and the top-seeded Warriors (24-3) withstood a game effort by the Lions to win this 2A quarterfinal at Carter High School.
Reynoso scored to tie the game at 55-55 and she drew a flagrant foul in the process. Reynoso made both foul shots, and Righetti stayed ahead.
Righetti will host Los Angeles Marlborough at 7 p.m. Saturday night in the semifinals. The Warriors will try to get to the championship game after falling at home to eventual division champion Lancaster Antelope Valley in the semis last year.
Reynoso led Righetti with 22 points. She scored 21 in the Warriors' second-round win last Saturday night.
Zane Sheckherd put in 21 points for the Warriors Wednesday night. Mariah Vargas added 13. Alijah Paquet (five points), Dasia Ramirez (four) and Maya Armenta (two) rounded out Righetti's scoring.
Lawndale Leuzinger 71, Cabrillo 61
LAWNDALE – The Olympians upset the third-ranked Conquistadores (24-3) in the 2A quarterfinals at Leuzinger High School.
No details were available.
Sun Valley Village Christian 46, Nipomo 35
SUN VALLEY — The top-ranked Crusaders defeated the Titans (17-10) in the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinal berth was the first for a Nipomo girls basketball team.
Abbey Gutierrez led the Nipomo scoring with 12 points. Kiesa Romero scored seven, Sidney Aguilera and Kylie Mendez both had five, Shantille Simonson scored three, Rody Canton put in two and Maddie Witcher had one.
Romero and Mendez pulled down six rebounds each. Witcher had five.
Girls water polo
Santa Ynez 7, Whittier 5
WHITTIER — The Pirates (20-10) moved in the Division 7 championship game by defeating the Cardinals at Rio Hondo College in the semifinals.
No details were available.
Santa Ynez will play the Diamond Bar-Ontario Chaffey winner Saturday at the Woollett Center for the championship. The time is to be determined.
Villa Park 11, Righetti 7
IRVINE — The top-ranked Spartans defeated the Warriors (20-7) in the Division 3 semiifinals at the Woollett Center.
No details were available. Righetti made it to the semifinals for the first time in Roxanne Leasure's six years as coach, and a Righetti girls water polo squad was in the semis for at least the first time in recent memory.
Santa Ynez 13, Righetti 5
Santa Ynez opened the boys tennis season with a non-league victory at Righetti High School.
The Pirates swept all nine doubles sets behind the teams of Kurt Behler/Andres Navarro, Darrin Hinkins/Keegan McCool and Eric Mailes/Ryan Casey.
Braxton Johnson added two wins in singles and Jaxson Urban and Robert Meyer each won one set in singles.
Kalin Corral, Righetti's No. 1 singles player, swept three sets. Ji-Soo Park won two sets for the Warriors.
The Pirates will be right back on the court Thursday when they host Arroyo Grande in another non-league matchup.
Pioneer Valley 13, Santa Maria 5
Isaiah Guerrero swept three sets at No. 1 singles, Edgar Jimenez did the same at No. 3 and the Panthers beat the Saints in a non-league season opener.
Tandems Oliver Peregrine and Manuel Lopez, and Luis Carpentero and Michael Labastida each swept three doubles sets for Pioneer Valley. Ramon Lemus earned a singles point for the Panthers.
Kevin Carbajal and Clark Kringel both won a singles set for the Saints. Santa Maria got its other three points because of Pioneer Valley forfeits at No. 3 doubles. The Panthers did not have a No. 3 doubles team.