GIRLS PREP SOCCER: Estrada scores lone goal … Vasconcellos’ 11 saves headlines effort … Lady Cougars’ defensive quartet stands out again … Beaumont wins a shot at South Pasadena in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Aysia Estrada’s good stood up.
Beaumont High School’s defense stood out.
Goalkeeper Amber Vanconcellos stood off Montebello Schurr’s attack in a 1-0 Southern Section Division 5 second round triumph on Tuesday.
The win leads the Lady Cougars into Friday afternoon’s quarterfinals.
Beaumont will play defensive-minded South Pasadena (18-3-2), a 3-0 winner over Pasadena Maranatha in another Div. 5 second-round duel.
Vanconcellos, who came out twice in scary one-on-one situations, delivered 11 saves.
In Beaumont’s back, it was Karissa Grimes and Vivian Perez, plus Madyson Cornish and Leanna Sanchez – the same quartet that’s fronted for Vancellos all season.
“Schurr liked to counter down the wings,” said Beaumont’s second-year coach Vanesa Corona. “Defensively, we did a great job handling those situations.”
It was dead ball play that turned into a dangerous outcome for the Lady Spartans.
Perez, on a corner kick, served it just outside the keeper’s box. Grimes’ touch sent it into the box where it bounced around for awhile until Estrada got a foot on it.
Whoosh! Back of the net.
Beaumont’s scoring attack will be tested on Friday.
“Amber,” said Corona, “definitely had some big moments during the game.”
Vanconcellos stood off San Bernardino San Gorgonio in last week’s playoff opener. Super active around the goal, she had six saves in helping stand off the Lady Spartans.
Second-seeded South Pasadena has a variety of scoring threats, at least – Uma Hornish, Isbael Bluml, Corey Segal, Emily Dunn and Lorraine Tilley have accounted for two-thirds of the Lady Tigers’ goals this season. Hornish also leads the team in assists.
Defensively, they’re stalwart – five goals surrendered throughout a 23-match season.
West Covina South Hills scored a 3-0 win over South Pasadena, with La Verne Bonita and San Marino adding 1-0 wins over the Lady Tigers – their only losses this season.
Goalkeepers Noemi Howland and Sophie Reynolds have split time in the box throughout the season. South Pasadena won the Rio Hondo League at 6-1-1.
Corona, whose team improved to 18-6-3, will take on a side that has ruled the No. 2 spot in the Div. 5 polls, trailing only Riverside Patriot. Beaumont entered the post-season ranked No. 8 in the final poll.
Unranked Fontana Jurupa Hills takes on Patriot, fifth-ranked Westminster will play unranked Upland Western Christian with another unranked side, Baldwin Park Sierra Vista, locked up in another quarter-finals.
Plus, this: Expect Guadalupe Jordan back to Friday’s lineup, having sat out Tuesday for a red-card in Beaumont’s match against San G.
“This is a great group of girls,” said Corona. “They are all enjoying the moment and having fun.”
BEAUMONT BOYS: The Cougars (8-12-5) will take on Sierra Vista (16-3-3) in a second-round Division 5 match today, 5 p.m., in Beaumont’s home pitch. A pair of 1-0 wins over Wildomar Lake Elsinore and Temecula Great Oak landed Beaumont in the duel against the Montview League runners-up.