Costa wins in first round of CIF 3-2 against Valencia


Mira Costa @ Valencia High
League play is over and the High School season is going into its final leg. For their first round CIF playoff game Mira Costa had to travel all the way to beautiful Santa Clarita. The Valencia Vikings finished a strong second in a competitive Foothill League. A physically strong team with various ECNL players on the roster. A huge challenge for the Mustangs and the girls knew today they had to give it all if they want to make it to the next round.
From the first minute the Valencia Vikings came out blasting and with a lot of energy. The Mustangs eager for ball possession, holding against physically and making it an even played game. In the 7th minute a misjudged ball by the Costa defense and a huge save by freshman Nicole Raventos to keep the zero on the scoreboard. First good chance for the Mustangs in the 15th minute, through ball played by Emelie Flaig to Delaney Whittet, her pass finds Alyson Roth followed by a cracking shot on the post but called off side by the refs. Just 5 minutes later a pass by Emmie Farber to a charging Michaela Franklin and her ball across finds Kendall Douglas taking it one time in the upper corner. A spectacular lead for the Mustangs and the Valencia squad shaken up and stunned by a Mustang team now controlling midfield play and pace. 3 minutes before halftime a wide pass from Genevieve Watkins finds Viviana Villacorta on the far left, quick turn to the right followed up with a shot in the corner 2:0 and a comfortable lead for Costa at halftime.
But this game was far from over and we had an exciting half to come. Valencia fighting with determination for every ball and had a clear height advantage and superiority in the air. The Mustangs with a lot of heard and fighting spirit trying to needle the Valencia defense with counter attacks. Some very upset Mustang parents on the sideline over questionable reefing for not calling various harsh fouls and hand balls. One of these calls given to the Vikings let to a free kick 40 yards out. The perfectly taken kick got longer and longer, sailing into the far upper corner. Valencia now with the momentum on their side. An unchallenged shot from the 18 deflected and the game ties in the 36th minute. What followed was one last corner for the Mustangs by Kendall Douglas, Viviana Villacorta picks up the ball at the far end, plays it back in low and there is Emelie Flaig with a well-placed shot into the lower right corner. Cheers on the field, ecstatic parents and a good vibe on the way home to Manhattan Beach.