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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