Orcutt Academy had one breakaway during this blustery, and sometimes wet, Friday night. Siena Ascencio took advantage of it.
Ascencio took a pass from Sammie Martinez on the left side and knocked a high left-to-right shot into the wind. The ball nestled into the right corner of the net for a golden goal, giving the Spartans a 1-0 win at Nipomo and keeping Orcutt in the thick of the inaugural Ocean League girls soccer title race.
Ascencio scored in the second minute of the second 10-minute overtime period.
"I just hit it and hoped," Ascencio said after her golden goal.
"The wind took it to the center, like I hoped it would." The wind kept carrying the ball to the right, and the ball eventually went beyond the line and into the right side of the net.
Orcutt moved to 19-2-4, 6-2. Nipomo is 5-17-1, 2-7. The Titans controlled the ball most of the night and kept Orcutt goal keeper Ally Britt busy in the second half, but Britt kept the game scoreless by making seven saves then, though all of them were routine.
Britt's closest call actually didn't come on a shot. She dove and grabbed the ball deep in the penalty box just before a Nipomo attacker would have gotten there for an open shot.
Templeton leads the Ocean League at 6-1. The Eagles have three scheduled games in three days next week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, to end the regular season. Orcutt will play at Templeton at 6 p.m. Monday.
The Spartans edged the Eagles 1-0 at Rice Ranch, Orcutt's home pitch, in the first half of league play.
The Titans in general, and Julissa Diaz and Annette Vargas in particular gave the Spartans a lot of trouble on the attack in the second half of regulation, when the wind was at Nipomo's back. Orcutt midfielder Brooke Stewart checked a lot of the Titans' thrusts and helped the Spartans keep the Titans off the scoreboard.
The game Friday night was originally scheduled for 3:15 p.m. on Orcutt's pitch at Rice Ranch, but was moved to Nipomo likely because of what the heavy rains Thursday did to the Spartans' home field.
Even when the Spartans had the wind at their backs in the first half of regulation Friday night, the Titans controlled the ball nearly exclusively until the Orcutt attack perked up around the last 15 minutes or so before intermission. The Titans just couldn't break through.
Neither team came close to scoring in the first 10-minute overtime period.
Orcutt Academy will finish its regular season with a 3:15 p.m. home game Tuesday against Morro Bay. Nipomo will finish its regular season with a 6 p.m. home game Tuesday against Mission Prep.
At press time Santa Maria, at 6-2 going into its Friday night game against Morro Bay, was also in the thick of the Ocean League race. The Morro Bay-Santa Maria result was not known at press time.
Santa Maria 1, Morro Bay 0
Yvette Abundiz scored the only goal as the Santa Maria girls soccer team edged Morro Bay 1-0 at Santa Maria Friday and stayed in the race for a share of the inaugural Ocean League title.
The Saints are 7-2 in the Ocean League with a game against league leader Templeton (6-1 Ocean League) Tuesday.
The game was originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Santa Maria, but will likely be moved to Templeton because, in a scheduling switch, the teams played at Santa Maria in the first round. That game had been originally scheduled to be at Templeton.
Nipomo 40, Templeton 31
The Titans (11-1 Ocean League) won their regular season finale in a low-scoring game at Templeton and clinched at least a share of the inaugural Ocean League title.
Nine Titans scored. None of them were in double figures. Abbey Gutierrez led the Nipomo scoring with eight points.
Pioneer Valley 55, Orcutt Academy 52
Vanessa Salazar missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer as time ran out, and the Panthers (10-1 Ocean League) held off the Spartans (7-4 Ocean League).
Orcutt cut into the Pioneer Valley lead after the Panthers went ahead aby 10 points in the third quarter.
Ravynn Anielski popped in a game high 25 points for the Panthers. Daenaejah Malicden scored 22 for Orcutt, and Giselle Calderon added 11. Erynn Padhal pulled down 13 rebounds for the Spartans.
Paso Robles 50, St. Joseph 39
The Bearcats beat the Knights in a Mountain League game.
St. Joseph 2, Orcutt Academy 0
Jackson Stahl did all the scoring for the Knights (9-9-2, 6-5) as they beat the Spartans in an Ocean League game at St. Joseph's Jay Will Stadium.