ROLLING HILLS ESTATES — With five minutes remaining in regulation, the Peninsula girls soccer team might have felt as if a victory had been snatched away.
“One thing we stress with them is to stay within your game,” Peninsula coach Scotte Massey said. “We implemented a whole new system this year, based on our personnel, and when they stay in that system and when they discipline themselves, they do really good things and they can stay composed.”
The Panthers remained true to their makeup, and after allowing the tying goal late in regulation, bounced back in the first overtime period and got a goal from freshman Michelle Jeong for a 2-1 win over Serrano in a CIF Southern Section Division 3 second-round game.
“I knew I had to volley it because it was going to be hard to control,” Jeong said of her goal. “It was rough (Serrano’s tying goal), but we knew we had to work together and harder and push each other to the end.”
Peninsula will visit second-seeded Mayfair in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The Panthers scored in the first half on a goal by another freshman Rachel Yu. The score remained 1-0 until late in the second half, when Serrano finally scored the equalizer.
“Serrano did a fantastic job pressing when they had to,” Massey said. “They took two extra players, pressed them high, and we didn’t adjust at first. They applied a lot of pressure, and their goal was definitely a result of their two extra players pressing high.
“Our talk between (overtime) periods was stay composed, get back into your system and play your game. Let’s be better at our game than they are at theirs.”
The Panthers’ roster consists of just four seniors, paving the way for freshmen like Yu and Jeong to play key roles, leading to big goals.
“We have a pretty young team,” Massey said. “We tell these guys, ‘If you can give us two minutes or you can give us 22 minutes, you give what you can,’ and I think they’ve all embraced that, and I think everyone understands their roles on this team, and that’s something that makes them special.”
REDONDO 3, CLAREMONT 1 — The Sea Hawks fell behind early, allowing a goal in the fifth minute. Carolyn Koutures tied the score in the 36th minute and Elle Marine scored the winning goal in the 50th minutes. Koutures added another goal in the 76th minute.
Redondo will host San Luis Obispo on Friday in the quarterfinals.
WEST TORRANCE 1, NOTRE DAME/SO 1 (West 4-3 PKs) — The Warriors avenged an earlier season loss, defeating Knights in a Division 3 game. Gracie McKaig scored the winning penalty kick. Kalie Slivkoff tied the game in the second for West.
West will host Flintridge Prep in the quarterfinals on Friday.
ST. BERNARD 1, VISTA MURRIETA 0 — The Vikings advanced to the quarterfinals with the home win in Division 7.
In other local scores: Centennial Corona defeated North Torrance, 2-1 in a Division 3 game and in Division 4, Ventura defeated Bishop Montgomery, 6-0 and Great Oak eliminated El Segundo, 4-1. Westminster knocked off Animo Leadership, 5-0.