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Monte Vista soccer girls overtake Berkeley

In a thriller, the No. 2 seeded Monte Vista High girls soccer team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat visiting No. 3 Berkeley Wednesday night in a penalty kick shootout in the North Coast Section Division I semifinals.

The stage is set for an all-Danville girls Division I championship match for the second straight year. Defending champion Monte Vista and last year’s runner-up San Ramon Valley will meet Saturday afternoon at Dublin High. The winner will hold the all-time record for girls soccer Division I soccer titles, with seven.

Monte Vista and Berkeley, an emerging section powerhouse with an explosive attack, fought to a 2-2 draw through regulation and 20 minutes of sudden death overtime.

“We were second best for 63 minutes,” Monte Vista coach Brett LeQuesne said on Thursday morning. “Lots of credit to Berkeley. They put us under a lot of pressure. Franny Cerny is a fantastic player for them. Big props to my girls who kept going forward, and it finally paid off. We really seemed to change gears after our first goal.”

After Cerny scored twice to give the Yellowjackets a 2-0 lead, the Mustangs began their gallant run. Dana Outcalt scored in the 63rd minute, and the relentless Ashlynn Goerz tied it in the 76th minute off a Mallory Hromatko assist.

LeQuesne gave high marks to the “brilliant” Outcalt and Hromatko, who engineered the comeback.  Moreover, Lynsey Hromatko, Mallory’s sister, showed great leadership ability in the back, LeQuesne  said.

“Attacking-wise, Mal Hromatko was again superb. Her work rate is smazing. Ash Goerz also worked her butt off,” LeQuesne said.

No. 1 seed San Ramon Valley beatNo. 4  Castro Valley 3-0 in the semifinals on Wednesday, getting second-half goals from Alexa Vandevanter and Summer Stamates to put the pesky Trojans away.

Matt Schwab

  • KFC

    Sounds like a nice comeback effort from MV. Looking forward to a good spirited final

  • DVAL Future Fan

    Matt

    What does it take to have an Girls All Star soccer game like boys soccer?

    Who is in??

  • DVAL Future fan

    Does anyone know when/if Boys soccer has an All Star game?

  • Matt Schwab

    Interesting suggestion, DVAL Future Fan. Not opposed to having one, but with most of the girls having already landed college commitmments, it may come down to a risk-reward situation. Top players are identified in the clubs, so they would have little to gain and a lot to lose by risking injury in a high school all-star game. I know that some varsity coaches take it easy in training on players who may be worn out from a long stretch of club play before the season. Having said that, an all-star game could benefit a diamond- in-the-rough type of player and could tap into league pride, I suppose.

  • Matt Schwab

    Speaking of all stars, who’s your best 11 this season? I’ve seen some good ones but not everyone. Thoughts?

  • DVAL Future fan

    Thank you for the message.
    Matt
    I agree with your thought on players with college opportunity.

    Maybe a HS senior game instead. I bet there are lots of HS seniors who walked off the field for the last time and would Enjoy the opportunity to play in front of their families one more time. Nothing formal. We could probably set something up just through your blog , Facebook, etc. we could get a few of us to volunteer coach , officiate and find local field space.

    Anyone interested?