Paloma Valley beat Ventura 1-0 to finish the season unbeaten and were crowned Champions of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Saturday. The Wildcat defense recorded their 14th consecutive shutout and gave the school it’s first section Championship in any sport in the Paloma Valley’s 23-year history.
It was freshman Correyn Barackman’s lone goal that defeated Ventura 1-0 in the championship game. The winning goal came in the 55th minute. A free kick by Nicole Dallin from 30 yards out bounced off the Ventura keeper and Barackman made the score off the rebound. It was the freshman’s seventh goal of the season.
The Wildcats managed to shutout the Cougars without their regular goalkeeper in the opening minutes of the second half. Senior starter Peyton Broccardo-Rehak was injured and had to leave the game. In stepped junior keeper Paulina Pimentel to close out the game and preserve the win and the shutout for Paloma Valley.
“Two years ago we came together as a group and set a goal to be CIF champions,” said Paloma Valley Head Coach Carlos Alfaro. “We never lost focus of accomplishing that goal this season. We knew coming in that we were the better team on paper, but that we had to go out there and play like it. We had to come out here and close the show, and this team is good at that.”
The CIF Southern Section Division 4 Champions finished the season 24-0-3 with 14 consecutive shutouts. The Wildcats outscored its opponents 13-0 in the CIF Playoffs.