Jacob De Groot saw this one coming.
As soon as the Central Valley Christian girls soccer coach noticed a road game against Kingsburg at the end of his team’s Central Sequoia League schedule, he knew it was going to be an “epic game.”
It was all that and more.
Kirsten Von Meter scored with roughly two minutes left in the second overtime to give the Cavaliers their 12th consecutive league title with a 2-1 road win against the Vikings, whose only two league losses this season came against CVC. Sara Vanderpoel flicked a header through Kingsburg’s back line, the keeper hesitated and Von Meter beat her to it before burying the game-winning shot.
“Everybody just assumes we’ve been running away with this league, but every match with [Kingsburg] has been a battle,” De Groot said. “Kingsburg really brought it to us. It was cool to see our girls step up. [Kingsburg] is big and strong. They really pushed us around.”
The victory caps yet another undefeated league season for CVC (18-1-2, 10-0), running the team’s unbeaten streak in league play to 129 games. Their 12 straight league titles are spread over three leagues, with the last six coming in the CSL.
Jadyn Wilson scored in the fourth minute on a flubbed clearance, touching the ball once and firing it to the corner for an early lead. Kingsburg tied the game midway through the second half, and the contest stayed locked until Von Meter’s late strike.
Redwood wins WYL title: The Rangers had to work a little bit harder than they would have liked, but in the end, it was all worth it.
Redwood defeated rival Mt. Whitney 3-0 on the final day of the regular season to win its third straight West Yosemite League championship.
“In three years, we’ve never had it come down to the wire like this,” Redwood coach Jason Vieira said. “It’s nervewracking but it’s a lot of fun. This was senior night, we’re at home, a lot of people showed up, and we had outstanding support from the students who showed up all season. It was a lot of fun to win it at home.”
The Rangers finished the WYL season with a 9-2-1 record.
Alyssa Pratt had a lot to do with Redwood knocking off Mt. Whitney, which it had tied 1-1 earlier in the week.
The junior forward scored two goals for the Rangers. She scored in the 34th minute to give Redwood a 1-0 lead, and she put the finishing touches on the win in the 56th minute, putting the Rangers ahead comfortably at 3-0.
Larissa Zagornik scored 30 seconds into the second half, and she assisted Pratt on her second goal.
“Alyssa is a great player for us,” Vieira said. “She played her heart out and she was rewarded today. She scored two nice goals that sealed the championship for her team.”
The Rangers will advance to the Central Section Division II playoffs where they expect at least one home game.
“This team has been in tough spots before,” Vieira said. “We’ve gone on the road, and last year in the rain, that was one of the most mentally tough games we’ve played. They are young, but they’re experienced. They know what it takes to go on. I’m not worried about the moment getting too big for them. They’re up for it. They’ve been there before.”
Farmersville 2, Orosi 1: The Aztecs defeated the Cardinals to wrap up an undefeated East Sierra League season.
Farmersville (22-2, 8-0) has won 11 league titles in 15 seasons, and looks like the clear No. 1 seed in the Central Section Division VI playoffs.
Pedro Berber scored in the 12th minute to put the Aztecs on the board. It was his 43rd goal of the season, setting the school single-season scoring record.
“He’s a great finisher for us,” Farmersville coach Michael Jordan said. “We have other guys who have 10 goals, but he’s just been great. He has a legitimate shot to break the career record [next season].”
Ricardo Mendoza added Farmersville’s second goal of the game on an assist from Berber.
Mt. Whitney 3, Redwood 1: The Pioneers scored two goals on corner kicks in overtime to end the WYL season with a win over the Rangers.
Jose Corrales Mendoza scored on an assist from Steven Salmeron to give Mt. Whitney (10-10-2, 7-4-1) a first-half lead. Redwood then tied it in the second half before Eric Morales and Chris Angulo scored for the Pioneers in overtime.
Both overtime goals for Mt. Whitney were scored on corner kicks taken by Angulo. Morales knocked the first one in but Angulo didn’t need any help on the second as the ball flew into the net on its own.
Austin Aguiar made four saves for the Pioneers.
Redwood 67, Golden West 23: The Rangers limited the Trailblazers to four second-half points in a WYL romp at Redwood.
Riley Gerberick scored a game-high 18 points to go with 17 rebounds and five blocked shots for Redwood (16-13, 7-4). Josh Carr had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Alex Jimenez had 14 points to go with nine rebounds and five blocks.
Mt. Whitney 75, Hanford West 63: Jake Eivins had a game-high 22 points to go with eight rebounds in the Pioneers’ WYL win over the Huskies in Hanford.
Ethan Moore added 14 points for Mt. Whitney (16-8, 6-4).
Redwood 53, Golden West 14: Alijah Turner had 13 points in the Rangers’ WYL win over Golden West.
Jasmine Black added 10 points for Redwood (17-6, 9-2), and Rebekah Ceravantes chipped with eight points. Daisy Torres had eight points for Golden West (9-14, 3-7).
Mt. Whitney 38, Hanford
West 27: Madison Forester scored 11 points to lead the Pioneers in a WYL win against the Huskies on senior night.
Forester added five rebounds and four steals for Mt. Whitney (11-11, 4-6). Emma Lumbreras scored 10 points and made six blocks. Jessie Lopez made six assists.
CVC 47, Kingsburg 39: Kristin Stone scored 23 points as the Cavaliers beat the Vikings in a CSL game.