Cooper, Trasante come up big in sudden death; Gators contain Liberty’s Musovski

Green Valley’s boys soccer players didn’t want high-scoring Liberty forward Danny Musovski to beat them on Tuesday.

So when the game went to overtime, the Gators made sure Musovski wouldn’t have a chance.

Green Valley’s Enzo Trasante scored in the first minute of the sudden-death overtime to earn a 2-1 win in the Sunrise Region quarterfinals at Heritage Park.

“Hey, it’s golden goal, so that means you’ve got to finish it in the first two minutes,” Green Valley coach Jacob Rivera said. “The longer it goes, the more opportunities the other team’s going to have. That Danny’s the most dangerous kid I’ve ever seen play out here, so the less time we give him to have chances to score on us, the better our chances are to win.”

Green Valley (13-8-2) took the ball on the overtime restart and streaked down the right sideline. Maliq Cooper crossed the ball to Trasante, who knocked in the winner.

“Maliq Cooper played a great cross in, and I don’t know if it hit him in the head or the face, but it went in,” Rivera said. “Any time it goes in, that’s all we care about.”

The Gators led 1-0 after a 30-yard shot by Ricardo Nunez skipped past the Liberty keeper in the 62nd minute. But Musovski, who had 57 regular-season goals, finally got free after taking a long pass from Joey Hollimon. Musovski controlled the ball near the top of the penalty box, beat a defender, dribbled past the keeper and put the ball in the net to tie it with nine minutes to play in regulation.

Musovski finished with just four shots.

The Gators play Las Vegas (12-6-3) in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday. Liberty finished 16-3-2.

■ Canyon Springs 4, Foothill 1 — Gaspar Gonzalez and Jonathan Martinez each scored twice for the Pioneers (9-6-3).

Michael Carnahan scored for Foothill (11-8-2).

■ Eldorado 3, Silverado 1 — Chris Perez had a goal and an assist for the Sundevils.

Israel Hernandez had a goal, and Edgar Durango scored on penalty kick in the first half for Eldorado (17-0-2), which plays Canyon Springs in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Jacob Holquin converted a penalty kick to put the Skyhawks (4-7-5) up 1-0 midway through the first half.

■ Las Vegas 2, Coronado 1 — Alexis Berrios and Ricardo Guzman each had a first-half goal for the Wildcats.

Justin Lyons scored in the second half for the Cougars (8-8-2).

Palo Verde hadn’t trailed in a match all season. In 1,360 minutes of regular-season play, the Panthers always were ahead or, at worst, tied.

Yet, 11 minutes into the Sunset Region tournament, the Panthers were down two goals to Legacy. Palo Verde, though didn’t panic.

Nolan Sherwood scored the tying goal with 90 seconds left and then netted the winner eight minutes into overtime to lift Palo Verde to a 3-2 win at Heritage Park.

Palo Verde (18-0) will face Bishop Gorman (10-3-1) in a region semifinal at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“We showed good character after we got behind and took that initial shot from them,” Panthers coach Kevin Hagood said. “I was worried about this game from the very beginning because they have some speed. Their defense is very good.”

Goals by Jose Ramirez and Luka Skrinjaric spotted Legacy (6-9-5) a 2-0 lead.

Palo Verde, which outscored its opponents 66-5 in the regular season, trimmed the lead to one on Eli Ruffer’s goal just past the midway point of the first half.

The Panthers, though, appeared to be headed for an early exit until Sherwood saved the day with 90 seconds left, converting a pass from Austin Polster.

In the eighth minute of the extra period, Sherwood was on the left side of the goal to knock in a drop pass from Jose Ahumada in traffic.

■ Bishop Gorman 5, Arbor View 1 — Tristan Blackmon and Slade Weber scored 32 seconds apart less than 11 minutes into the match for the Gaels.

Blackmon finished with two goals, and Weber had a goal and an assist. Sean Keith had a goal and two assists for Gorman, which also benefited from an own goal.

James Drye converted a penalty kick for the Aggies (5-14-1).

■ Shadow Ridge 4, Centennial 0 — Blake Damato scored twice in a five-minute span in the second half to help the Mustangs (10-5-7) oust the Bulldogs (12-6-4).

Dominic Damato and Alex Pacheco each had a goal and an assist for Shadow Ridge, which faces Cimarron-Memorial (12-3-4) at 4 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Park. Nathan Kramer made four saves to record the shutout.

■ Cimarron-Memorial 4, Durango 2 — Scotty Robles scored twice to help the Spartans overcome an early 1-0 deficit and eliminate the Trailblazers (5-10-3).

Gustavo Ortega added a goal and an assist, and Nico DeLaTorre also scored for Cimarron. Paris Estrada scored both of Durango’s goals.

Jose Morales scored on a penalty kick with three minutes left as Chaparral team stunned Sunset League champion Western 1-0 in a Division I-A Sunrise Region quarterfinal at Faith Lutheran.

Western (12-3-3) controlled possession and outshot the Cowboys (9-6-1), but a foul in the 18-yard box gave Chaparral the chance to win it.

“Every team has kind of that Michael Jordan-esque-type player,” Chaparral coach Eric Rolwing said. “(Morales is) our guy. There was no question who was taking that shot.”

Morales fired the penalty kick low to the right post, beating Western goalkeeper Manuel Guillermo, who had four penalty kick saves and 11 shutouts going into the match.

■ Sunrise Mountain 1, Clark 0 — At Faith Lutheran, Luis Olandez scored with 13 minutes left as the Miners (9-4-2) stunned the Chargers (13-3-5).

Olandez received Luis Cortez’s throw-in, spun around and fired a low shot just inside the right post from 15 yards out.

■ Tech 5, Faith Lutheran 1 — Derian Salcido scored twice in first 20 minutes to lift the Roadrunners (16-5-3).

Julio Del Real added two goals, and Brandon Vargas also scored for Tech, which will face Chaparral at 4 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Park.

Chase Pavlov scored for Faith Lutheran (15-6-5).

■ Desert Pines 3, Mojave 0 — The Jaguars (12-0-3) scored three second-half goals to eliminate the Rattlers (9-7-2).

Rodrigo Andrade, Diego Sanchez and Marco Vivero scored for Desert Pines, which will play Sunrise Mountain at 6 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Park.

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