Girls’ soccer: Patriots move on in playoffs

first_imgTwo seasons ago, Palisades of Pacific Palisades competed in the City Section girls’ soccer final and Birmingham of Lake Balboa was on the humbling end of several lopsided losses, including a 10-goal setback to Hamilton of West Los Angeles. Last season, the Dolphins reached the quarterfinals, losing by a goal to City runner-up Granada Hills, and Birmingham won one game, missing the postseason for a second straight year. My, how times have changed. Vanessa Carr’s goal in the final minute Thursday lifted the host Patriots to a 2-1 opening-round playoff victory over No. 21 Palisades, giving 12th-seeded Birmingham (12-6-3) its first postseason win since 2004. Alvarenga, a freshman, gave Birmingham the lead in the first 30 seconds of the second half. After Carr received the opening kickoff, dribbled down the right sideline and split two defenders, she delivered a crossing pass to Alvarenga, who tucked a shot in the lower-left corner of the net. Palisades (9-6-5) rallied to tie the score less than two minutes later, but didn’t threaten the remainder of the half, with strong play of sweeper Jennifer Venegas and goalkeeper Charleye Schneiderman. erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It feels so good to have the winning goal. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing right now,” said Carr, a sophomore forward who played on the junior-varsity team the majority of last season. “I knew I had to make the run and I knew it was the last time I could do it because time was running out. My legs are hurting so bad, but I scored in the end and that’s all that matters. Now I’m going to go home and ice.” A few minutes earlier, Carr nearly scored the go-ahead goal for Birmingham – which plays Tuesday in the championship bracket at No. 5 San Pedro – but Palisades goalkeeper Allison Kappeyne made a diving stop. Carr regrouped in time to receive a pass from Daisy Alvarenga 25 yards from the goal, before beating one defender and burying a right-footed shot underneath the crossbar. “They make these runs when they have to and someone finds a way to step up,” Patriots coach Ed Verdugo said. “That’s a good team, very similar to Chatsworth or Granada Hills.” last_img

first_imgTwo seasons ago, Palisades of Pacific Palisades competed in the City Section girls’ soccer final and Birmingham of Lake Balboa was on the humbling end of several lopsided losses, including a 10-goal setback to Hamilton of West Los Angeles. Last season, the Dolphins reached the quarterfinals, losing by a goal to City runner-up Granada Hills, and Birmingham won one game, missing the postseason for a second straight year. My, how times have changed. Vanessa Carr’s goal in the final minute Thursday lifted the host Patriots to a 2-1 opening-round playoff victory over No. 21 Palisades, giving 12th-seeded Birmingham (12-6-3) its first postseason win since 2004. Alvarenga, a freshman, gave Birmingham the lead in the first 30 seconds of the second half. After Carr received the opening kickoff, dribbled down the right sideline and split two defenders, she delivered a crossing pass to Alvarenga, who tucked a shot in the lower-left corner of the net. Palisades (9-6-5) rallied to tie the score less than two minutes later, but didn’t threaten the remainder of the half, with strong play of sweeper Jennifer Venegas and goalkeeper Charleye Schneiderman. erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It feels so good to have the winning goal. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing right now,” said Carr, a sophomore forward who played on the junior-varsity team the majority of last season. “I knew I had to make the run and I knew it was the last time I could do it because time was running out. My legs are hurting so bad, but I scored in the end and that’s all that matters. Now I’m going to go home and ice.” A few minutes earlier, Carr nearly scored the go-ahead goal for Birmingham – which plays Tuesday in the championship bracket at No. 5 San Pedro – but Palisades goalkeeper Allison Kappeyne made a diving stop. Carr regrouped in time to receive a pass from Daisy Alvarenga 25 yards from the goal, before beating one defender and burying a right-footed shot underneath the crossbar. “They make these runs when they have to and someone finds a way to step up,” Patriots coach Ed Verdugo said. “That’s a good team, very similar to Chatsworth or Granada Hills.” last_img

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