D-IV girls soccer: Crusaders roar back after blowing lead
Rachel Penick averted what could have been a disaster for Mater Dei Catholic.
The Crusaders saw a three-goal lead disappear before Penick rescued the team with a golden goal four minutes into overtime to lift Mater Dei past Ramona 5-4 in the section Division IV girls soccer final at La Jolla High on Saturday.
With the win, third-seeded Mater Dei (16-5-2) captured its first section championship.
“I thought, ‘We got the banner for the school,’ ” Penick said of scoring the winner. “I was really happy. It feels awesome.”
Five minutes into the second half, Mater Dei led 3-0 on the strength of first-half goals by Penick and Veronica Molina and a second-half strike by Jordan Norman.
The fifth-seeded Bulldogs (13-14-4) got goals from sophomore Gracie Knowd and Kyla Christofferson before Molina re-established a two-goal lead. A pair of goals by Ramona sophomore Sidney Din left the game tied with 13 minutes left.
“Throughout the season, it seems like we haven’t been able to put teams away, so what we did for that overtime is tell them, ‘Hey, we’ve been here before,’ ” Crusaders coach Oscar Flores said. “They stuck with it and got that winning goal.”
Wehde is a freelance writer.