Granite Hills wins regional soccer title

What a difference a week makes. After losing to Sultana in the CIF-SS Division 4 title game, Granite Hills captured the Division II Southern California Regional championship with a 2-1 victory over Irvine Beckman.

Correspondent Brian Baiotto was on the scene at Warren High School and reported that Kristine Pasek scored two early goals to pave the way for the Cougars, who finally broke through in a title game after several near-misses in CIF and regional championship games in recent years.

Granite Hills defeated both the CIF-SS Division 2 champion (Harvard-Westlake) and runner-up (Beckman), along with the CIF-Central Section Division III champion (Clovis North) to grab the title.

Still scoreless, Granite Hills pushing issue

Got some breaking news, so I had to break up the live game blog for a sec. But we are back.

Granite Hills has had its share of chances thus far in its scoreless Division 4 title-game matchup with Sultana, coming up with three corner kicks in the last 12 minutes. The first one, off the foot of Ashley Ibarra in the 15th minute, almost resulted in a goal, as it just flew past the head of Bree Bodiford at the left post. Kristine Pasek also an an opportunity to score again in the 14th minute for the Cougars, as she ripped a shot off the crossbar.

Sultana has not registered an official shot, but has had a couple opportunities in the Granite zone.

Now in the 29th minute.