Temecula Valley won the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championship with a dramatic double overtime victory over San Luis Obispo Saturday. It was the Golden Bears first CIF Title since 2007 and as Coach Jennifer Guinn said, “It was a redemption from last year’s semifinal loss”.
The Golden Bears sophomore Olivia Matis scored the winning goal in the second overtime period to give Temecula Valley a 3-2 victory and the Division 2 title. “I saw the goalkeeper touch it,” said Matis. “I knew that she was wobbly with her hands, and I just capitalized on that. And it’s all my team’s work getting up there into that position. I’m just lucky to put it in.”
Temecula Valley (22-6-2) scored early on goals by freshman Morgan Witz who scored on a breakaway and senior Sophia Ghaderi. Temecula Valley had a 2-0 lead in the second half of the game but could not hold on to it.
The Tigers came roaring back with 2 goals late in the half by Angie Crozier to send the game into overtime. Both teams were scoreless in the first overtime period. It was Matis’ goal in the third minute of the second overtime period that would win it.
“I just feel the girls were prepared for whatever was going to happen,” said Coach Guinn. “They knew how to handle it. We’ve had some adversity this season, let’s just say a lot of it, and we’ve always found a way to handle it.”