After several scoring attempts, Taylor Moorehead pushed up the left side and to the corner of the box, firing a shot directly above Vikings goalkeeper Evan Smith. Smith initially made the save with outstretched arms, but the ball bounced off her hands and into the net behind her. Valencia (12-9-2, 5-4-1), which was playing without key center back Kayla Kukaua, didn’t counter until the 69th minute. Lauren Madero broke through traffic to score, simultaneously tying the game and giving the Vikings one last glimmer of hope. Their spark was dimmed less than three minutes later when Hart’s Brianna Helsley audibly booted the ball from the center of the box for the go-ahead goal. “I saw the ball coming out, and I just knew I was going to get to it and get to it first,” Madero said. “And I knew I was going to score. I just knew.” “I think we’re at a point in the season … as a team that not any little goal was going to let us down anymore,” Mitrovitch said. “We know how to respond and fight back.” Valencia, which had trouble mustering energy in Tuesday’s loss to Saugus High, once again struggled to connect. “We didn’t communicate well, and I think that was the difference in this game,” said coach Kevin Goralsky, whose Vikings finished in third place. “So if we could communicate, we’ll be OK and that’s something that I was stressing after the game and before the game.”
Hart wins against Valencia 2-1. Fourth year as league champs. pic.twitter.com/x57Retjzui— Haley Sawyer (@haleymsawyer) February 10, 2017
West Ranch 3, Golden Valley 1Erin Meottel had two goals for the Wildcats (11-4-6, 5-1-4), who finished second in league, and Aliyah Satterfield added one. Katie Ravanell scored for the Grizzlies (5-15-2, 0-10) with an assist from Emily Perez.
Saugus 2, Canyon 2Goals for the Cowboys (7-12-3, 3-5-2) were scored by Isa Rector and Cynthia Valdez. Kelly Yanover and Maddy Overstreet scored for the Cents (7-11-5, 3-3-4).