Hart High girls soccer has mastered the art of suspense.
The Indians defeated Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo on Friday in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals 1-0 in their second competitive overtime win of playoffs.
“In overtime, the girls stay focused, dig deep and it paid off again,” said coach Guilherme Mitrovitch. “It’s the second overtime game (with a) 1-0 (score), so it shows not only how defensive as a team we are but at the end of the game we’ve got something left in the tank.”
Sophomore Lizzie MacArthur scored the overtime goal to seal the road win.
MacArthur nabbed Taylor Moorehead rebound and tapped it in from four yards out.
The Indians built momentum as the game progressed after coming out to a slow start in the first 15 minutes. Defensively, however, Hart was strong from the beginning.
According to Mitrovitch, goalkeeper Victoria Ryan had “hands down, her best game all year,” with seven saves, adding to an experienced defensive third that has only allowed one goal in three playoff games.
“The thing with Aliso is everybody is fast and athletic and physical,” Mitrovitch said. “They’re going to hit you, they’re going to chase, they’re going to win a lot of balls, but we know how they like playing and our defense was big. Our defense had another huge game.”
Hart will play at home against Mater Dei on Tuesday.