It took one goal for the Summerville High School girls’ soccer team to be crowned CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division 6 champions.
“We played as a team, that was the whole focus all season. If all 11 players on the field are focused on the same thing, then great things happen,” said Coach David Marquez.
The winning goal against Golden Sierra High School on Saturday at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove was scored by senior captain and inside midfielder Rachel Tyler after a physical first half, Marquez said.
“We were trying to create opportunities. We were spreading out the ball really well,” Marquez said.
The field was cold and breezy but dry, Marquez said. It would be a change from past weeks, where Summerville was avoiding game and practice cancellations due to snow and weather.
In the 44th minute, just after the start of the second half, the Summerville goalie booted the ball away after saving a shot from Golden Sierra. Senior forward Stephany Randall challenged for the ball and passed it to senior outside midfielder Annabel Rust.
She directed the ball to Tyler, who was waiting just inside of the 18-yard box.
She shot it with her left foot and the ball blasted past the goalies into the right side of the net.
“We continued to play our same brand of soccer, we wanted to make sure we weren’t playing not to lose, but we were playing to win,” said Marquez.
Two of Golden Sierra’s star forwards, who had a total of 55 goals among them for the season, were held to a shutout.
“When the goal got scored, we knew our defense — who had been playing well entire the season — wouldn't be giving up a goal easily,” said Marquez.
At the end of the game, the girls locked hands and loped across the field in celebration. There were doubts throughout the season, but they were able to stay the course and succeed, Marquez said.
“They were nervous, and you expect that with a section title game, but when it was all said and done we ended up winning and it was a great accomplishment for our players.”
Summerville won the championship after victories over third seed Mariposa on Feb. 14, and a 2-0 win over seventh seed Ripon Christian on Feb. 12.
The Ripon Christian game was played at Sonora High School due to snow at the Summerville home field. For much of the lead up to the playoffs, the girls were practicing and in the school gym instead of on a field, Marquez said.
“Those wins put the wind back into our sails,” he said. “We wanted to peak at the right time to allow us to be as successful as possible in the postseason.”
Other sports teams in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties made shorter playoff runs but didn’t earn championship titles, according to the CIF Sac - Joaquin Section.
In girls soccer, Division 5 fifth seed Calaveras lost to fourth seed Hilmar 2-0, and in Div. 4, fourth seed Sonora lost to thirteenth seed Galt 4-2.
In boys soccer, Division 5 second seed Summerville beat eighth seed Delhi 3-2 on a penalty kick shootout following a 1-1 tie, but lost Thursday to fourth seed Hilmar 4-2. In Div. 4, fifteenth seed Calaveras lost 10-0 to second seed Livingston.
In girls basketball, Division 4 third seed Sonora lost to fourteenth seed Mountain House 64-63, and seventh seed Calaveras beat tenth seed Central Catholic 54-42 before losing Thursday to second seed West Campus 61-50.