CIF-SS Girls Soccer quarterfinals set
Flintridge Prep at Ayala, 3 p.m.
Serrano at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
San Dimas at Tahquitz
Arroyo at Sierra Canyon
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The better the opponent, the more Maribel Duran feels she rises to the occasion. Just from her body language and the way she was fighting defenders on fifty-fifty balls, the junior wasn’t going to leave anything for chance, delivering a dominating performance with a hat-trick against fourth-seed Alverno in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 girls soccer playoffs on Thursday. Not only did Maribel Duran score three goals, her freshman sister Daisy Duran scored the other, leading the Saints to a 4-1 victory and into the quarterfinals on Thursday, where the Saints (18-2-2) will be on the road against the Tahquitz-La Canada winner. (To continue reading click thread)
Below: Maribel Duran’s sick step-over left her defender in the ….. you get the picture. It led to the first of three goals.
Today’s CIF-SS Second Round Results
Sunny Hills 3, Glendora 2
Ayala 4, Lakewood St. Joseph 0
Righetti 1, Bonita 0
Garden Grove Pacifica 1, Los Altos 0
Serrano 1, St. Lucy’s 0
Bishop Amat 1, Santa Maria St. Joseph 0
Ocean View 1, Northview 0
San Marino 1, Sierra Vista 0
San Dimas 4, Alverno 1
Arroyo 3, Bell Gardens 2
“This year hasn’t been a great year for me shooting, but my dad told
me to come out and have fun and that’s what I did,” Maribel Duran said. “I felt pretty calm in front of the goal and we played a great game all the way around.
“I don’t know what it is, but I love the competition and the
playoffs, it’s easy to get up for and be focused.”
Duran’s first goal was something special, she gathered the ball along
the left side and used a step-over move to free herself from a defender, then
delivered an even better shot from a tough angle to give the Saints a 1-0
lead in the 18th minute.
Alverno’s big player Celina Minissian leveled the match with her 35th
goal of the season. She saw Saints goalkeeper Rachel Jones cheating off her
line and dropped a ball over the top in the 33rd minute, and it stayed that
way until half, 1-1.
“I was looking at Alverno’s stats before the game and she’s
(Minissian) the one who stood out,” San Dimas coach Kelly Kocalis said. “She
scored, but I thought we did a good job making her work all afternoon. We
never had to manmark her because collectively we always had someone around
Plus there was no way Alverno (14-4-2) could deal with both Duran
Daisy Duran scored to put the Saints back in front in the 69th
minute, firing a shot off the upper-roof for a 2-1 lead.
Then it was all Maribel Duran, scoring in the 72nd minute on a
breakaway and the 79th minute on a hustle play.
Saints midfielder Shannon McKee also had a good afternoon, but the
day obviously belonged to the Duran sisters.
“I love playing with my sister,” Maribel Duran said. “It’s sister
telepathy. We always know where we are on the field. We have different
styles, but we play well together.”
For Alverno, which won a divisional title in 2009 and reached the
semifinals in 2010, it was a tough ending.
“We had a short bench and (Minissian) wasn’t feeling that well, but
even if everything had been working for us, it was just their day,” Alverno
coach Ken Berry said. “Sometimes you just have to give it up to your
opponent. They played well, scored nice goals and got the win. We wish them
luck the rest of the way.”