Moreno, Coronado oust Silverado


Nia Moreno has stepped up several times in four years with Coronado's girls soccer team.

The Cougars senior did so again in the second half Thursday.

Moreno notched a goal and an assist to help the Cougars defeat rival Silverado 2-0 in a Sunrise Region semifinal at Faith Lutheran.

The Cougars (14-1-4) advanced to meet Green Valley (20-4-3) in the region final Tuesday.

The teams combined for four shots in the first half, but Coronado was unable to squeeze a goal out of three shots.

"At halftime, we really grasped the concept that it was still a 0-0 game, and we wanted it," Moreno said. "We've played (Silverado) before, and we have a good idea of how this team plays. I think the second half really determined that we wanted it. When we get that mentality, the game flows more, which creates more opportunities to score."

Moreno opened up the field in the 51st minute, sprinting down the sideline into the left corner to cross the ball with pinpoint accuracy to Gabrielle Morris, who put in a clinical finish to open the scoring.

Moreno scored nine minutes later, emerging from a mass of Silverado defenders to put away a loose ball from inside the 6-yard box.

"I just focused on getting in the box and picked up anything that went past me," Moreno said. "I called for it, and I was ready to strike anything that missed it. And that's what I did. I took a touch, struck it and it went in."

The Cougars dominated possession in the second half, outshooting the Skyhawks 8-1.

"Nia's very tough mentally, and she's one that will recognize when it's not getting done and just step it up and start handling things herself," Coronado coach Dana Neel said. "She'll start making those plays, whether its an assist or a goal. She never gives up."

Coronado's senior class, which has advanced to the Southern Nevada title match in two of the past three years, helped settle the Cougars after they were held scoreless in the first 40 minutes.

"It's our senior leadership. They aren't messing around," Neel said. "They've been here before, and they know every game could be the last game they ever play. They talked about it at halftime, got out there and got it done."

Kaitlyn Fahrner made one save to preserve the shutout.

■ Green Valley 3, Liberty 1 -- Kayla Anderson scored twice to help the Gators down the Patriots (9-5-6).

Cassidy McLean added a goal and an assist for Green Valley, which pulled away from a 1-0 halftime lead.

Ari Gonzalez scored for Liberty.

SUNSET REGION

■ Centennial 4, Palo Verde 1 -- Sienna Drizin has played in plenty for big matches for the Bulldogs.

The senior who has committed to UC Davis saved one of her biggest moments for the playoffs. Drizin netted three goals as Centennial blitzed Palo Verde in a Sunset Region semifinal.

"We had to play as a team," Drizin said. "We pulled together, came out here, and played as a team."

Drizin scored off a through ball by Danielle Farano five minutes into the match, and Nikki Romero lobbed one in three minutes later for the Bulldogs (11-3-2).

Drizin added a goal in the 12th minute, taking a pass from Hannah Alba that soared over the defense.

"She was really sick yesterday. But today (Drizin) was amazing," Centennial coach Jeremy Gill said. "There are some players on this team that are built for the playoffs. It's all about the playoffs."

Sila Tuiofea scored eight minutes before halftime for Palo Verde (13-6-3), receiving the ball near midfield and barreling to goal before unleashing a rocket into the top shelf.

But Drizin iced the match in the 69th minute, cutting across the 18-yard box and cheekily chipping in a goal for the final margin.

■ Bishop Gorman 1, Arbor View 1 -- Angelica Pawlowski stopped Falon Miller's penalty kick right down the middle to help the Gaels (15-3-2) to a 4-2 shootout decision over the Aggies (13-3-2).

"I just went with my gut feeling," Pawlowski said. "It was all reaction. It was amazing. I just tried not to psyche myself out. I tried to stay as calm as I could."

Kaila Brinkman, Mia Moore, Charlotte Brascia and Haley Wingender each converted a shootout kick for Gorman, which advanced to face Centennial in Tuesday's region final.

Hayley Fife and Haley Vicente each scored in the shootout for Arbor View.

Moore scored off a penalty kick to help the Gaels to a 1-0 halftime lead, and Arbor View's Jordan Arnold scored in the second half to tie the match.

Contact reporter Sean Walker at swalker@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0430.

 

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