Well it’s over and the San Bernardino Valley College women’s soccer team is officially a state champion.
The Wolverines (20-1-3) defeated Santa Rosa 1-0 in the title game at College of the Canyons, the lone score coming on a second-half penalty kick by Crystal Sanchez in the 72nd minute.
SBVC got a bit lucky. It looked the Bear Cubs had the equalizer with 13:50 left when Lauren Curtin raced in and chipped a shot over goalkeeper Bianca Contreras rushing in but the referee called offside just as Curtin got the kick off.
The last two minutes of the game and the stoppage time was spent in the SBVC end with defenders knocking the ball out of bounds several times.
SBVC finished with 9 shots to 6 for Santa Rosa but the only shot on goal was the penalty kick.
It was a job well done for a team that overcome numerous obstacles. The 20 wins are a first in school history.
The team was just 7-39-4 in the three years before Kristin Hauge took over as coach so she should be commended for a building a total program. She got the team above .500 her first year and got a team into the playoffs in 2007, her third year. Now it has three straight Foothill Conference titles and a state title.