Soccer games don’t get much better than the one between the women’s teams from Cypress and San Bernardino Valley College which took place today.
The Wolverines (18-1-3) won it in penalty kicks after the teams battled through regulation and two overtimes tied at 1. SBVC had to play a man down for most of the second half and the OT’s after a second yellow card to Angelina King.
The game got a little chippy, especially in the second half which led to some hard feelings on each side. SBVC got the short end because it had a player disqualified. The referee did nothing when a player from each tumbled to the ground, then the player from Cypress grabbed a fist full of jersey to prevent the SBVC player from getting up. Our photographer got a great picture of that!
A bit later the goalkeeper from Cypress shoved SBVC’s Ruby Leon after a play in which Leon was racing toward the goal and been denied.
Give the SBVC team credit for playing through the adversity of being a person down for the better part of 50 minutes.
Then it went to penalty kicks, 11 for each team.Even the goalkeepers had to kick them. I can’t think they have much practice kicking them, They usually have to focus on stopping them.
SBVC keeper Bianca Contreras was one of the heroes for the Wolverines. She made a penalty kick and stopped four, one of those to end the marathon game.
Crystal Sanchez had SBVC’s goal in regulation and made her two penalty kicks in the shootout. Jensen Keith and Lauren Evans were stellar on defense all afternoon.