Los Angeles Soccer: Natalie Rivas
March, 6, 2011
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Tiny Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy celebrated its first season at the top level of CIF Southern Section girls soccer by beating a giant in the title game.
Sophomore midfielder Krista Meaglia's soft-touch goal in the second half carried the Tologs (21-1-1), from La Caņada Flintridge, to a 1-0 triumph over San Clemente in Friday night's Division 1 final at Mission Viejo High School.
The title was the first in girls soccer for Flintridge Sacred Heart, a 400-student, all-girls Catholic school that won the Southern California Regional Division III championship a year ago. San Clemente (18-3-8), making its fourth successive D1 title-game appearance, has won five top-division finals in the past 10 years.
The top-seeded Tritons were the better side most of the match and didn't concede a shot on goal until the 66th minute, not until Flintridge Sacred Heart got its counterattack going. Meaglia's goal arrived soon after, in the 68th minute, with a gentle touch to put the ball in off the left post to finish a sequence from Jillian Jacobs to Katie Johnson.
Both teams are expected to receive berths Sunday in the Southern California Regional Championships, with San Clemente in Division I and the Tologs in Division III.
Southern Section finals Friday and Saturday also were played at Warren High School in Downey.
In other championship games:
Buena (Ventura) 2, Wilson (Long Beach) 0
Wake Forest-bound Riley Ridgik scored both goals to lead the Bulldogs (20-5-4) to their fifth girls soccer title and first since 2005. Both goals were from headers off set pieces, with Ridgik rising to nod home a Macey Herrera free kick in the 10th minute and a Miranda Campos corner kick in the 34th. The Bruins tried to disrupt Buena with physical play but were unable to mount much of an attack, were outshot, 10-1, and finished without coach Jason Kirkwood, who was ejected in the 83rd minute.
Bishop Amat (La Puente) 1, Ayala (Chino Hills) 0
The Lancers (27-1-0) rode Natalie Rivas' hot streak and staunch defense to claim their first girls soccer title, knocking off the only team to beat them this season. Rivas' 26th-minute backward header from Jessie Gener's long free kick beat diving Ayala goalkeeper Alicen Wright and went in off the left post, her fifth playoff goal after scoring just three during the regular season. Alyssa Cabral was pivotal defensively for the Lancers, shutting down University of Virginia-bound forward Makenzy Doniak, who netted four goals in the Bulldogs' 6-2 triumph in early December.