The Golden Bears Advance to Play Sunny Hills in Saturday’s D2 Regional Final
Temecula Valley fought to a 1-1 tie through two tough halves and through 95 minutes. The Golden Bears would put it all on the line in a sudden death shoot-out against Cypress in the Division II semifinals.
Temecula out-shot the Centurians 4-2 in the shootout and claimed the victory. The win sends the Golden Bears to the first CIF Southern California Regional Championship in school history. They will face sixth-seeded Sunny Hills from Fullerton. They beat San Luis Obispo 1-0 in the other semifinal match.
“As a coach I could not be more proud of how my girls played, and handled themselves last night. They battled and played some great soccer” said Golden Bears coach Jennifer Guinn. “This season has had some major moments where we as a team needed to immediately adapt…and this group just does that well. Last night we adapted to the game and continued to battle though the match towards our victory. From the back of the goal up top, and everyone on the sidelines we prepared for the game Cypress was going to bring us”.
“They challenged us on every ball and we still played some very good soccer. We made that one error that cost us a goal, but did not quit until we were forced to penalty shots. They had composure and were calm. I am very proud of this group of Golden bears” added Guinn. We are hoping to pack the house tomorrow afternoon for the State Final”.
Temecula Valley outshot Cypress 10-3 but scored just once when
Mackenzie Vehlow’s header off of Emma Thrapp’s corner kick. Cypress’ Annie Daniels tied it all up in the 35th minute.
Saturday’s State Championship Match is at 4pm at Temecula Valley.
Photo Courtesy of Laura Finn Witz