Marshall Fundamental 7, Tarbut V’ Torah 2: After surrendering two consecutive goals and only leading 3-2 at halftime, the visiting second-seeded Eagles notched a quick goal in the second half en route to scoring the match’s final four goals in a CIF Southern Section Division VII second-round road victory Tuesday afternoon.
“I just told the girls at halftime that they needed to wake up. We weren’t doing bad – we were keeping possession – but we fell asleep before the half,” Eagles Coach Esteban Villanueva said. “I had all the confidence in the world in the girls and they scored quickly.”
Junior defender Quetzali Del Villar gave the Eagles some breathing room when she scored in the 41st minute thanks to an assist from Angie Marin.
“That was big because it happened quickly and put us right back in control,” Villanueva said.
Del Villar then capped her night with a 66th-minute score, this unassisted, that gave Marshall a 5-2 advantage.
Freshman midfielder Erica Perez scored the second of her two goals in the second half, while Brittany Gutierrez added a final goal in the 72nd minute for the Eagles.
Marshall’s Jordan Snowden and Bermudez (one assist) also added scores, while goalie Ariel Martinez finished with three saves.
With the victory, the Delphic League champion Eagles (15-4-2) earned advancement to Thursday’s divisional quarterfinal, where they’ll host Almont League champion Montebello (15-4-5).
Temescal Canyon 1, South Pasadena 0 (OT): A handball in the penalty box in the first minute of sudden-death overtime proved to be the visiting Tigers’ downfall as they surrendered a goal 30 seconds later in losing Tuesday afternoon in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs.
With the defeat, South Pasadena capped its season at 8-8-5.
“I’m a former player and current coach and have rarely in my life complained about officiating. Today, though, I really believe the biased officiating cost us,” South Pasadena Coach Eva Dixon said. “It wasn’t just the questionable handball, but everything else.”
According to Dixon, the match started 45 minutes late because only one official was present at start time and it took nearly an hour for a second to be there. Despite a protest from Dixon that the contest needed two officials, the match started regardless.
“What kills me is that they had very few opportunities and we really dominated that game,” Dixon said. “The officials kept on calling handballs and fouls against us and nothing against them. It’s a shame. I’m proud of my girls because they gave me everything and a shame that this was taken away from us.”
San Marino 2, Bloomington 1: It’s on to the quarterfinals for the Titans, who picked up a CIF Southern Section Division V road victory Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m most proud that the girls didn’t give up. They fought till the end,” Titans Coach Jaime Acuna said. “In such big games, against big opponents, we haven’t quit and I think that’s what I appreciate.”
The Titans rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit with a 65th-minute goal from Hope Welder, her 21st of the season, and then went ahead on a goal from Mandy Hsu in the 73rd minute.
Part of the Titans’ motivation behind the victory was a second-round loss the previous season.
“We definitely remember last year and that we had a lack of energy,” Acuna said. “We told ourselves this isn’t last year.”
Goalie Sarah Blasher finished with a save for the Rio Hondo League champion Titans (14-3-3), who advanced to Thursday’s divisional quarterfinal at home against Cerritos Valley Christian (17-9-1).
La Verne 65, Caltech 49: The final home game for six Caltech seniors resulted in a SCIAC defeat Tuesday evening.
Those seniors – Ethan Boroson, Arjun Chandar, Michael Edwards, Collin Murphy, Alex Runkel and Pan Wang – all saw action and combined to score 34 points.
KC Emezie had a team-best 14 points in 31 minutes of action for Caltech (1-24, 0-16).