Arbor View’s players were breathless and overjoyed after claiming their second straight Division I girls soccer state championship Saturday, but junior Breanna Larkin was thinking of a bigger celebration.
The Aggies beat Carson 3-0 at Carson High School, posting their fifth straight postseason shutout.
“I can’t wait to go back home and walk in the school and have everyone congratulate us,” Larkin said.
Arbor View (16-1-4) overwhelmed Carson with a relentless attack and suffocating defense. Unlike Friday’s semifinal game, when Arbor View started slowly, the Aggies outshot Carson 12-3 in the first half in building a 2-0 lead.
“We came out strong, and I thought when we were scoring and really playing well is when we were attacking as a team,” Arbor View coach Jay Howard said. “When we had our weaker moments is when we just kind of let our forwards go. But when we attack as a team, we’re really good.”
Arbor View’s attacks were cumulative, and the Aggies grabbed an early lead when Katelyn Laurente scored after a deflected corner kick in the 12th minute.
“Today we knew what to expect, so we were fine from the start,” Howard said.
Vanessa Lourenco scored in the 35th minute, and Jessica Longhurst put the game away when she drove home a pass from Bailee Davis in the 42nd minute.
The Arbor View defense did the rest. Arbor View allowed just one goal in its final 17 matches of the season.
“It’s amazing, just watching them work, the way they pass the ball and move, and just the way they talk to each other,” Arbor View goalie Kylee Wallace said. “I don’t want to take any credit for what I’ve done this year because it’s all my defense. They’re the reason I haven’t been shot on, they’re the reason I haven’t been scored on.”
Carson (13-4-4) managed nine shots in the second half after just three in the first, but few were quality scoring chances.
“They try to build it out of the back, I was impressed with that,” Howard said. “I think our pace and our pressure was a little much for them, more than what they were used to, maybe. We’re athletic and fast and real aggressive, and I think when you’re trying to play more precision, it’s hard when you have a team on you.”
Larkin, who scored a goal in last year’s state championship game, said this year’s title was more difficult because of the expectations the first one created.
“It’s easy being the underdog like we were last year, but trying to stay and step in the big shoes of the seniors last year and keep up and repeat, it’s a lot of pressure,” Larkin said.
Brittany Hubberts scored two goals as South Tahoe’s girls soccer team surprised Pahrump Valley 3-2 in the Division I-A state title match at Dayton.
Pahrump (18-1-2), bidding for its third straight state title, suffered its first loss since Nov. 3, 2012, when it fell to Faith Lutheran in the Southern Region final. The Trojans had gone 22 consecutive matches without a loss, a streak that started with an 8-3 win over South Tahoe in last year’s state semifinal.
“They were really good in the air,” Pahrump coach Pamela Larmouth said of South Tahoe. “That team just had us in the air. Every ball in the air, they owned. We talked at halftime about how we needed to keep the ball on the ground, and we probably had three passes on the ground in the second half.”
Hubberts struck in the 36th minute to give the Vikings a 1-0 halftime lead.
Allison King scored early in the second half to make it 2-0 before Pahrump finally scored in the 55th minute on a goal by Sydney Sladek, who finished her career as Nevada’s all-time leader in goals with 205. She scored 75 goals this season.
“Our program was made around Sydney,” Larmouth said.
Hubberts converted again with about 15 minutes left to put South Tahoe up 3-1. Jennifer McCaw’s goal with about two minutes left capped the scoring.