Fri, Dec 16 2011 11:54 AM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The 32nd Barons Girls Soccer Tournament wrapped up last Saturday at four South County playing sites. Local teams were well represented, with five Metro Conference sides qualifying for their respective division semifinals.
After two weekends of play, the initial field of 104 teams was whittled down to four varsity division champions.
In finals at Bonita Vista High School, San Ysidro played for the Classic Division title while the tourney co-host Barons battled Torrey Pines for the top rung Premier Division championship.
The former game was decided by halftime, as the second-seeded Ramona Bulldogs defeated top-seeded San Ysidro 5-0. The latter game was clearly the jewel of the tournament as second-seeded Bonita Vista battled the reigning San Diego Section Division I champion Falcons into three overtimes before falling, 1-0, on a fluky goal.
Yes, the Barons are indeed that good this season.
“It was a heart-breaker,” BVHS coach Ryan Marquez said.
For those in attendance, that was more than an adequate description of the match’s outcome.
The Barons dominated a game they should have won. At one point, Bonita Vista retained possession in the Torrey Pines half of the field for 10 minutes.
It was an unbelievable display of tenacity and skill.
And, like many soccer games, turned on a freakish play.
Under tournament guidelines, overtime includes four five-minute sudden-death periods. At the end of each five-minute interval, each team is required to remove one player from the pitch.
Thus, entering the third OT period, both the Barons and top-seeded Falcons were playing with eight field players each — two below normal strength.
The result is to open up the field and provide for more attacking soccer. And that’s what essentially happened. A long looping ball bounded past a BV defender and onto the path of a Torrey Pines attacker. The Baron goalkeeper took the risk of coming way off her line in an attempt to clear the shot.
But the ball bounced in a direction favoring the Falcon player’s trajectory and the end result was a lazy rolling shot into an open net.
1-0 Torrey Pines.
Courtney Massiminor was credited with the game-winner while teammate Jackie Friedman received the division’s Most Valuable Player award.
The disappointing finish put a damper on an otherwise celebratory day to for BVHS soccer. The Barons defeated Poway, 3-1, earlier in the semifinals. Kassy Castillo scored two goals while Devon Roncoroni scored once in toppling the Titans, the runner-up in last year’s Division I championship game to the Falcons.
It appears Bonita Vista could be sharing some elite company this season.
The loss by the Barons in the Premier Division final was their first of the season.
“The girls are playing well,” Marquez said. “We’re very proud of them. It’s kind of nice. We got the girls buying into what we’ve been trying to establish here the past three years.”
Bonita Vista (5-1) qualified for the semifinals after going undefeated in its three pool games. The Barons opened the tourney on Dec. 3 with a 2-0 victory against Granite Hills and followed that with victories against Steele Canyon (2-0 on Dec. 5) and San Pasqual (1-0 on Dec. 7).
In the other Premier semifinal, Torrey Pines edged Rancho Bernardo, 1-0, on a goal by Delaney Giacalone.
The Falcons finished the tourney 5-0.
Bonita Vista kicks off Mesa League play Jan. 18 at Otay Ranch. Hilltop returns as the defending league champion while Eastlake once again should figure in somewhere near the top of the standings.
“Hilltop is returning a great team and so is Eastlake but I think after the kind of start we’ve had that you have to consider us as well,” Marquez said. “I think we’ve got a chance.”
Joining Castillo and Roncoroni on the all-tournament team from Bonita Vista was teammate Hayleigh Shields.
San Ysidro finished 3-0 in pool play with victories against Southwest (4-0), High Tech San Diego (4-1) and Central Union (3-0).
The Cougars defeated fourth-seeded Mar Vista, 3-2, in the semifinals while Ramona topped Chula Vista High Tech 4-0.
Mar Vista and CV High Tech advanced to the semifinals with 3-0 pool records.
Mar Vista defeated Central Union (2-0), Southwest (1-0) and Morse (1-0) while CV High Tech defeated Sweetwater (4-0), Mt. Miguel (7-0) and Montgomery (2-1).
Mar Vista was the defending division champion.
Fourth-seeded Scripps Ranch edged third-seeded Del Norte, 2-1, to capture the Unlimited Division title in a game played at Montgomery High School.
Scripps Ranch tipped top-seeded Francis Parker, 2-1, in the semifinals played earlier in the day at Hilltop High School while the co-host Lancers, seeded second, were derailed in likewise upset fashion, 4-3, by Del Norte.
Hilltop was the defending division champion.
The Lancers were perfect in three pool games, defeating Grossmont, 3-1, in the tourney opener on Dec. 3 before recording a forfeit victory against Helix and closing out pool play with a dominating 4-0 victory against visiting Valley Center on Dec. 8.
In the latter game, Bianca Mora scored three goals while Brianna Bergado scored once.
Third-seeded Mission Bay captured the Limited Division title with a 1-0 verdict over the top-seeded San Dieguito Academy in a game played at Olympian High School.
Mission Bay defeated second-seeded Canyon Crest Academy, 3-1, in the semifinals while San Dieguito blanked fourth-seeded Our Lady of Peace 2-0.
Junior varsity champions included Westview (Premier JV and Unlimited Frosh), El Capitan (Limited) and Del Norte (Classic).
Bonita Vista defeated host Serra on Tuesday to improve to 6-1 on the season. Devon Roncoroni, Hayleigh Shields and Kianna Brevig each scored single goals for the Barons.
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