Costa uses Golden Goal to Secure Second Round Victory

Unknown-41After securing a 2-1 victory with a last second goal in the first round of the playoffs, Costa took it to another level with Delaney Whittet scoring a Golden Goal 5 minutes into overtime to secure another 2-1 victory. This time, however, Costa had to make the long trek to Temecula Valley for its second round game to face a stout team from Chapparal High. Playing on freshly installed turf, Costa came out strong buoyed from their 5 game winning streak. In the second minute McKenna Doyle’s header just missed giving Costa an early lead. Emmie Farber (10th minute), Allison Roth (23rd minute) Viviana Villacorta (30th) minute all had quality chances turned away. Costa’s best first half opportunity came on a nifty slotted pass from McKenna to Kendall Douglas whose low strike inside the 18 was stopped in spectacular fashion by Chaparral’s goalie.

After a scoreless first half, Costa’s worthy opponent came out firing on all cylinders. Not to be outplayed, Nonie Frishette’s own spectacular punch save in the first minute of the second half kept the game level. Chapparal, however, broke the scoreless tie with a scrum goal in the 5th minute. The goal seemed to have a positive effect on Costa’s second half lethargy resulting in Kendall’s composed equalizer set up by Gillian Henry’s assist from a direct kick in the 20th minute. The rest of the half saw an even battle with both teams creating a few solid opportunities.

Both teams wearily took the field in overtime knowing one great play or mistake would immediately end a team’s season. Chapparal got the first break on a corner kick in the 4th minute. However, that corner kick was quickly cleared with Costa finding stronger legs to make an offensive rush. Midfielder Hailey Kay picked up a throw-in at midfield and spotted McKenna in a one v. one situation. Rather than leaving the ball for the defender, Hailey launched the ball over Chapparal’s unsuspecting coverage to the waiting feet of McKenna. McKenna, as she has done all season, took off to the corner and then slipped a perfect cut back pass to a streaking and sliding Delaney who wrestled off the defender to send the ball into the back of the net. Following the lead of Costa’s boys’ soccer team last Friday, the girls rushed the field to celebrate a well-deserved victory.

The long, joyous ride home included a stop at In N’ Out and now the team prepares to play Santiago (Corona) Thursday at 3 pm at Waller Stadium.