Bishop Amat 4, Righetti 3: Highlights and interviews with Bishop Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez, and scorers Nayeli Requejo (2), Jamie Peters and Katy Zamora
Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
LA PUENTE – Bishop Amat withstood two second-half comebacks from stubborn Righetti in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 girls soccer playoffs on Tuesday, winning 4-3 to advance to an all-area quarterfinal match-up at Diamond Bar on Thursday.
Bishop Amat, which won the Division 3 title in 2011 and were runner-ups last year, received two goals from leading scorer Nayeli Requejo and goals from Jamie Peters and Katy Zamora to improve to 16-4-5, setting up a date with Hacienda League champion Diamond Bar, a 1-0 winner at Flintridge Prep.
“I know it’s going to be a tough game,” Amat’s Zamora said of facing Diamond Bar. “We just have to leave it all on the field.”
Amat did just that to reach the quarters. (To continue reading click thread).
Diamond Bar 1-0 win over Flintridge Prep: Soccer is supposed to be played with the feet. But it was the arms of the Diamond Bar High School girls team that won Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 second-round playoff game. The visiting Brahmas defeated Flintridge Prep, 1-0.
CIF-Southern Section Soccer Playoffs
Tuesday’s Girls Soccer second Round results
Valencia Valencia 0, Claremont 0, Valencia advances in PKs 5-4
Chino Hills 3, Hart 1
Diamond Bar 1, Flintridge Prep 0
Bishop Amat 4, Righetti 3
Lakewood St. Joseph 5, Walnut 1
San Dimas 2, Big Bear 0
Sierra Vista 3, Santa Ana Valley 1
Arroyo 3, Cate 0
Thursday’s Quarterfinals Schedule
No. 2 Chino Hills at Great Oak, 5 p.m.
No. 4 Bishop Amat at Diamond Bar, 5 p.m.
Katella at San Dimas, 5 p.m.
Oxnard at Sierra Vista, 5 p.m.
Crossroads at Arroyo, 5 p.m.
Gabrielino at Campbell Hall, 5 p.m.
Inland Insider Tom Kiss with highlights and interviews following Chino Hills’ 3-1 win over Hart
Peters got the scoring started by getting tripped up in the penalty area to set up a penalty kick for Requejo, who buried it in the 23rd minute for a 1-0 lead, which Amat took into halftime.
Peters took care of the next goal on her own, powering home an 18-yard shot that doubled Amat’s lead to 2-0 in the 45th minute.
Righetti didn’t lay down, however.
After Itzy Pinon scored in the 53rd minute to trim Amat’s lead to 2-1, Pinon scored again 30 seconds later to tie the score 2-2 — a stunning
turnaround that changed the momentum in an instant.
“I think we had a little let down, we scored the second goal and kind of relaxed a little bit,” Bishop Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez said. “Fortunately for us we were able to get that third goal and get our confidence back.
Zamora, as she has done so many times for the Lancers, grabbed the momentum right back with a beautiful finish in the 56th minute to put Amat back in front, 3-2.
“It was important,” Zamora said. “When they scored the second goal it motivated us more to get the lead right back.”
Requejo followed with the goal of the match, dribbling past midfield on a 30-yard run, the cutting toward the top of the penalty area and burying a 20-yard shot that gave Amat a 4-2 lead in the 71st minute.
“I was getting close throughout the whole game and saw the opportunity,” Requejo said. “Sometimes you have this feeling when you shoot it, and I knew it was going in.”
Righetti’s Michaela Oleny scored in the 77th minute to trim Amat’s lead to a goal again, but the Lancers held on the final three minutes and
injury time to advance.
“They didn’t give up,” Requejo said of Righetti. “I respect them for that.”