As his players stormed the field to celebrate amongst a mosh pit of fans, Shadow Ridge girls soccer coach Harvey Robicheau watched speechlessly from the sideline.
“I’m just totally in awe of the effort these girls put up,” he said.
Brittney Esquivel scored on a free kick with less than five minutes left in the second sudden-death overtime Thursday to give the Mustangs a 1-0 win over Bishop Gorman in a Class 4A Sunset Region semifinal at Bettye Wilson Park.
“I was just thinking, ‘I hope it goes in,’ ” said Esquivel, a senior defender.
Shadow Ridge (13-2-3) advanced to meet Arbor View (13-3-2) in the region final at 4 p.m. Monday. A trip to the Southern Nevada title game Thursday will be at stake.
The loss was the first for the Southwest League champion Gaels (17-1-0).
Gorman coach Lora Feely figured the game was headed toward penalty kicks.
“We were already thinking about our lineup,” Feely said.
Gorman initially charged the field to celebrate what it thought was a golden goal in the first OT, but the score was nullified by what Feely described as a “questionable” offsides call.
Shadow Ridge junior goalkeeper Megan Brown had seven saves.
• Arbor View 3, Centennial 0 — After losing twice in Northwest League play to Centennial, Arbor View coach Jay Howard thought his team was due.
And the Aggies proved their coach correct.
Bianca Norman (27th minute), Erica Peeples (44th) and Rachael Davis (78th) scored to lead the Aggies, who piled up 16 shots against the defending Southern Nevada champions.
Arbor View goalkeeper Alex Luevano had three saves.
Northwest champion Centennial finished 15-2-1.
In the Sunrise semifinals:
• Rancho 3, Green Valley 1 — Jahmela Muhammad scored one goal and set up another in the first half for the Rams.
It was a small measure of revenge for Rancho, the top seed from the Northeast, which fell 4-0 to Green Valley in the regional final last season. The Rams (15-1) will meet Southeast No. 1 Coronado in the title game at 6 p.m. Monday.
Muhammad set up Alyssa Williams for Rancho’s first goal in the third minute, then made the score 2-0 in the 13th. The Gators (15-2-1), who were seeking their fifth straight regional title, got within 2-1 as Kayla Varner converted in the 14th minute off a feed from Christina Schrader.
Lexa Green scored the clincher 16 minutes into the second half for Rancho.
• Coronado 4, Silverado 1 — Veronica Subu finished with a goal and an assist to help the short-handed Cougars (15-1-2) oust the Skyhawks.
Coronado carries a 16-game unbeaten streak into Monday’s final against Rancho.
The game was delayed for nearly 30 minutes in the first half when Silverado’s Shelbi Spooner suffered an apparent broken left leg after a collision with Cougars goalie Alexis Mansoor and was taken off the field on a stretcher. Mansoor was assessed a red card, and Coronado played the final 73 minutes with 10 players.
Taylor Richard converted the ensuing penalty kick to put Silverado (9-6-3) ahead 1-0.
Subu took advantage of a poor clearance and tied the game in the 11th minute. Leticia Lopez then scored off a long free kick in the 22nd minute before Grace McConnell’s blast just before halftime put Coronado up 3-1.
Subu also set up Nataly Yosef three minutes into the second half for a 4-1 lead.In-depth high school sports coverage