The Miramonte girls and Acalanes boys soccer teams had a lot in common heading into their NCS finals Saturday afternoon. Both were the number two seed, and both were playing against the number one seed and host Bishop O’Dowd.
The Miramonte girls started the day by controlling their final from kickoff to the final whistle, winning by a final score of 4-0. Junior forward McKenna DeBack, who has led her team all year, scored three of the four goals for the Matadors.
This win was the Miramonte girls second consecutive NCS soccer championship.
The Acalanes boys were overmatched in their final, creating few offensive opportunities, but they managed to hold Bishop O’Dowd scoreless through regulation and overtime, forcing the game into penalty kicks to separate the two teams locked at 0-0.
Both teams made their first three penalty kicks. In the fourth round, the Dons put their shot away, but Bishop O’Dowd’s shot was saved by Acalanes goalie, Logan Spittler. Acalanes converted their fifth penalty kick as well, putting the NCS championship in their hands.
This was the Dons first NCS soccer championship since 1998.