Triple the semifinal anguish for Granite Hills

first_imgPasadena La Salle (24-2-2), the third-seeded Del Rey League champion, advances to Saturday’s title match in Downey against No. 10 seed Bishop Montgomery, the Del Rey runner-up which blanked Mojave River League champion Serrano, 2-0, on Tuesday. The Lancers almost wound up with the game’s heartbreak in the waning moments of regulation. Granite Hills’ Adrienne Bradbury’s near point-blank shot went airborne, caromed off the crossbar and onto the pitch. Regulation play ended moments later. “At that point, it was just a matter of time,” La Salle coach Sal Lopez said, adding that he thought his team would win after Bradbury’s miss. The Lancers put the game away and earned their 17th shutout of the season when – with the wind at their backs – Lauren McAuley sent a free kick in Johnson’s direction and the senior defender/midfielder shot from an awkward angle. Granite Hills goalie Heather Lewis (eight saves) reached for the ball, but couldn’t corral it. “I had a bad feeling when the ref gave them that call,” Mike Bradbury said. “(Lewis) only got one hand on it and it had enough momentum to go in.” The Lancers score ended a CIF-SS Division IV semifinal duel featuring cold, fierce, gusty, north-bound winds that airlifted shots on goal, kept players hopping, and even sent some kicks backwards. “Like anyone, it’ll take some time to take the pain away,” coach Mike Bradbury said shortly after the 64-minute marathon concluded the season of two-time Desert Sky League champion Granite Hills (21-3-4). APPLE VALLEY – Bitter heartbreak delivered a mighty blow to Granite Hills again. The Apple Valley-based Cougars lost in the CIF-Southern Section girls soccer semifinals for the third consecutive year when La Salle’s Kacey Johnson knocked in a low percentage shot in the fourth minute of triple overtime for the game’s lone goal on Tuesday. center_img Johnson was immediately mobbed by teammates. The Cougars fell to the ground in tears. Granite Hills reached the D4 semis this season after moving up from Division V, where they reached the CIF-SS semis in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Sophomore forward Cynthia Alozie, junior midfielder Megan Bodiford and senior forward Shaday Trujillo combined forces to stop a serious threat by the Lancers in the 31st minute, weaving the ball away from La Salle’s attackers. The Cougars had the wind behind their backs for the second half and the first of the three 10-minute overtimes. Junior midfielder Megan Bodiford and senior midfielder Sarah Hennington each sent shots that were airlifted over the crossbar. Sophomore midfielder Louise Baartz had a low, 30-foot shot sail wide right. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img