Late score delivers Silverado

With time winding down and the score tied 2-2 Monday, Silverado girls soccer coach Jenna Carter pulled out the rules to make sure she was clear on overtime procedures.

Senior midfielder Mikayla Ahlin made sure Carter didn’t need her rule book.

Ahlin took a pass from Cassidy Pappas and hit a right-footed shot inside the near post with about a minute to play to give the Skyhawks a 3-2 win over Foothill in the Sunrise Region quarterfinals at Heritage Park.

“Mikayla’s one of our seniors that didn’t want her season to end and definitely put the work in there when it mattered,” Carter said.

Silverado (10-4-3) led 2-0 at the half, but Foothill (13-7-1) scored twice in the first eight minutes of the second half to tie the game.

“They definitely came out with some energy in that second half and had the wind with them,” Carter said of Foothill. “We came out a little flat and definitely let down a little bit after having the momentum that first half.”

Katherine Ballou’s shot from near the top of the penalty box ticked off the cross bar and went into the net a minute into the second half to make it 2-1.

Seven minutes later, Jillian Vigil’s shot from 20 yards out also nicked the crossbar and went in to tie the game.

“We weathered the storm and were able to get our feet back under us,” Carter said. “We kept fighting until that final whistle.”

Senior Danielle Parven had both first-half goals for Silverado. She followed her own shot, putting home the rebound in the game’s sixth minute. Then in the 17th minute, Ahlin hit a cross from the right corner, and Parven ran onto the ball near the goal line to tap it in for a 2-0 lead.

Green Valley 5, Basic 0 — Alexis Kirson scored three goals as the Gators (13-2-5) routed the Wolves (3-13-1).

Jessica Messer added a goal on a 40-yard free kick, and Madison Holborrow also scored for the Gators, who dominated possession and had 23 shots, 14 of them on goal. Kiyana Lopez and Cassandra Palor combined on the shutout for Green Valley.

The defending region champion Gators play Silverado in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Eldorado 2, Las Vegas 0 — Jacquie Avila and Kimberly Olivares each had a goal as the Sundevils (14-3-2) eliminated the Wildcats (8-7-4).

Alyana Castillo recorded the shutout for Eldorado, who face Coronado (13-1-4) at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Coronado 5, Valley 0 — Taylor Kornieck had two goals and an assist to help the Cougars to the victory over the Vikings (4-11).

Taylor Houston added a goal and an assist, and Olivia Meza and Michaela Morris each added a goal.

Erin Heenan had the shutout for the Cougars.


Bonanza’s girls soccer team wasn’t exactly a popular choice to win its Sunset Region tournament opener.

The Bengals entered the tournament having won just once in their previous four matches and were facing one of the most potent offenses in Southern Nevada.

A little faith, some fantastic ball control and just a sprinkle of playoff magic all came together at the right time for the Bengals on Monday.

Megan Cousineau’s unassisted goal off a turnover with four minutes remaining in the match lifted Bonanza to a 2-1 upset of Palo Verde in the Sunset quarterfinals at Heritage Park.

“I’m actually in shock, complete shock,” Bonanza coach Courtney Bauder said. “But I knew we could do it. We just played our hearts out. We just kept our level high.”

Bonanza (8-4-2) will face Bishop Gorman (14-0) in a region semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

After a scoreless first half, the Bengals opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half when Jessica Piazza sent a pass across the goal mouth to the right side. Two players missed the ball, and it came to Kate Cousineau at the right post for a tap-in goal.

Hannah Gunderson evened the match 15 minutes later. Palo Verde (16-3-1) came into the game having scored 84 goals and allowed just 13 in its first 19 matches.

But the Panther defense made a key mistake in the final five minutes, losing the ball about 25 yards in front of its own goal. Megan Cousineau gained control away from a Palo Verde defender and chipped a high shot under the crossbar and into the net.

“We held it together,” Bauder said. “That’s what we’ve been looking for all season. We really put our heart into this game.”

Bishop Gorman 1, Sierra Vista 0 — McKayla Philippi banged in a loose ball off a scramble in front of the net four minutes into the overtime as the Gaels survived.

Gorman’s Sidney Anderson had a shot stopped by Sierra Vista goalkeeper Dejah Burchfield. The rebound went off two players to Philippi just on the right edge of the goal.

Burchfield kept the Mountain Lions (9-6-2) in the match by making 16 saves.

Gorman’s Jessica Anaya made five saves.

Arbor View 2, Desert Oasis 0 — Jessica Longhurst and Breanna Larkin each scored midway through the first half, and the Aggies (12-1-4) never were seriously threatened by the Diamondbacks (7-8-3).

Arbor View will face Shadow Ridge (9-7-3) at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Shadow Ridge 1, Cimarron-Memorial 0 — Lindsay Irwin converted a penalty kick seven minutes into the second half as the Mustangs eliminated the Spartans (7-5-1).

Dallas Gunny made two saves en route to the shutout.


Faith Lutheran girls soccer coach Steve Morrill describes his team’s season as an up-and-down year, waiting to see when the Crusaders will start jelling together as a unit.

Morrill says his girls have played much better during the last month, and on Monday, Faith Lutheran continued to make strides.

The Crusaders pounded Virgin Valley, 7-0, in the quarterfinals of the Division I-A Southern Region Tournament at Faith Lutheran.

Faith Lutheran (15-4-1) will meet Tech (15-3-1) in a region semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Park.

From the beginning, the Crusaders put constant pressure on the Bulldogs (9-7-5), getting three goals in the first 19 minutes.

Dani Tharaldson scored four goals. Kristi Chinn added a pair of goals, and Kendall Pori had the other goal. Emily Neighbors and Morgan Bracey had two assists each.

Tech 1, Clark 0 — Alex Guzman’s blast from 22 yards out was the difference as the Roadrunners edged the Chargers.

Alex Guzman took a nice pass from Adrianna Guzman, and ripped the shot into the back of the net in the 38th minute. Clark (6-7) finally wore down, having to play the final 17 minutes with only 10 players.

Cheyenne 1, Desert Pines 0 — Girly Tambeagbor’s goal in the 24th minute was enough as the Desert Shields eliminated the Jaguars (9-6-1).

Tambeagbor put in a rebound after Amairani Gomez fired a shot off the Desert Pines goalie. Arika Carey stopped all four Desert Pines shots to earn the shutout.

Pahrump Valley 15, Moapa Valley 0 — Sydney Sladek had nine goals as the Trojans made easy work of the Pirates.

Sladek had three goals in the first 12 minutes of the match, and the defending state champion Trojans (15-0-2) never looked back. Pahrump will face Cheyenne (14-3) at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Park.

Gabriella Vasquez added two goals for the Trojans, and Brittany Klenzcar, Courtney Lindsey, Jennifer McCaw and Amy Estrella had one goal each.

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