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San Luis Obispo girls soccer falls in double overtime during CIF final

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San Luis Obispo High School girls soccer made its first appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 finals appearance and forced a double-overtime match, but ultimately fell to Temecula Valley, 3-2 Saturday night in Corona.

More than 150 SLO parents and fans made the 235-mile trek to Corona High School as the Tigers sought its first CIF title in program history.

After a scoreless first half, Temecula opens the second with a breakaway and Morgan Witz knocks it in. Tiger’s keeper Sohner Eislee tries to make the save, but it’s bounced and crosses the goal line as Sarah Attala tries to kick it away. That would give the Golden Bears the 1-nil lead.

Five minutes later with 32 minutes remaining, Temecula Valley approaching from the left side this time and Christine Goodman crosses in, Sophie Goderi hits the back of the twine, 2-0 Golden Bears.

With 11 minutes left in the game and rain starting to pour down, San Luis Obispo is still down 2-0, Olivia Ortiz assists to Angie Crozier and she beautifully kicks in a left-footed goal to put the Tigers on the board, 2-1.

With 1:30 minutes to go, Ortiz runs down the line and crosses in, Crozier is once again wide open and sends home a right-footed equalizer! That ties the game at 2-2 and forces overtime. After a scoreless and very physical first overtime period, the match goes into double overtime. Temecula receives a free kick and they would score the game-winning goal. Golden Bear defeats San Luis Obispo, 3-2.

The Tigers become CIF-SS Division 2 Final runner-ups for the first time in program history.

"Everyone kept pushing. We had the rain, we went into double overtime, and I mean it was unlucky," said Sohner Eislee, San Luis Obispo senior goalkeeper.

San Luis Obispo sophomore Angela Crozier scored two goals within the final 12 minutes of the match to give the Tigers an overtime opportunity. "I love my team and they're just the reason why I made those goals because they're always there for me," Crozier said. "I'm just really glad we pulled out with the tie in the end to go into overtime."

"It's an unfortunate way to end off an unlucky bounce but the girls aren't done. I know they have it in them to go to the (CIF State) finals. I can't express how proud I am of them and all of their work ethic. Four games on the road back-to-back, constantly further and further away, and pulled off many road wins... Can't beat that," said Brittney Viboch, San Luis Obispo head coach.

On Sunday, the Tigers received the no. 2 seed and will host no. 7 Edison in the first round of the 2018 CIF Southern Section Regional championship. The match is on Tuesday, March 6 with kickoff set for 4 p.m.

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