SAN ANDREAS Summerville High School clinched its third straight Mother Lode League girls' soccer championship last night with a 1-0 victory over Calaveras.
The Bears (21-0-2, 12-0-2 MLL) have now won six MLL titles in the programs' eight years of existence (they were second the other two years) and have made the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs every season.
Their bid for a third straight section title begins next Tuesday at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne against the third-place team from the Trans-Valley League, either Escalon or Livingston. Summerville is now in Division IV after winning its first two section titles in Division III. The playoffs have been expanded to five divisions this year.
Last night's hard-earned victory was the 150th in Summerville history. The Bears are 150-23-18 under coach Jim Frazier.
"The whole team has had an outstanding year and has earned our best overall season record to date," Frazier said. "I'm really happy for the nine seniors that have put in so much hard work during they time they've played here, especially the four three-year starters Megan Reynolds, Kelly Marquardt, Lindsay Vermillion and Ashley Rice."
Reynolds scored last night's goal, unassisted, in the 38th minute against a Calaveras defense that spent the game packing seven or eight players close to the goal.
"Calaveras deserves a lot of credit for playing its final game with a lot of intensity," Frazier said. "The outstanding player, Alicia Bledsoe, normally a halfback, played stopper and was very effective in closing down many of our attacks."
Reynolds scored by intercepting a pass near midfield, sprinting down on a fast break, faking the goalkeeper and blasting a hard shot into the middle of the net.
Summerville couldn't cash in on numerous scoring opportunities in the second half, and held on as a Calaveras shot narrowly missed wide right with a minute left in the game.
The Bears are scheduled to play a makeup tomorrow night at 7 in Linden, but the status of the game is unknown because of the death of a Linden student in a car crash yesterday afternoon.