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Yorba Linda's season comes to a jolting conclusion
YORBA LINDA -- Entering Tuesday’s CIF-SS Division 3 semifinal against Bishop Amat of La Puente, the top-seeded Yorba Linda girls soccer team was looking to do something it had never done before in the history of the program.
That is, move on to play for a southern section title.
Unfortunately, the goal was not accomplished as host Yorba Linda (13-6-7) lost to Bishop Amat of La Puente on penalty kicks, 5-4.
Although the Mustangs will not get the chance to play in the championship match for the first time, Long Beach State bound Ashlee Webb expressed her feelings and optimism for her team.
“It’s absolutely remarkable what we did this year,” Webb said. “I couldn’t be any happier with this team. This is the closest team we’ve had since the time I’ve been here.
“This is the best team we’ve had player-wise, and I cant wait to see the younger ones develop and grow, and go do what they have to do to win next year. They’re absolutely phenomenal.”
After a scoreless 80 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods, Bishop Amat’s Denise Rodriguez drove the final penalty kick past the outstretched arms of Yorba Linda goalkeeper Kristin Kleinow.
Kleinow, who tallied 10 saves, played extremely well throughout the match as she denied the Lancers’ strikers on various occasions.
“She’s kept us in it all year, Kristin Kleinow is phenomenal,” Coach Greg Aviles said. “She’s fantastic, and the words can’t describe what she’s done for us all year.”
Yorba Linda had its opportunities to win in regulation but couldn’t get the all-important goal it needed to pull out the victory.
The Mustangs put five shots on goal in the first and second periods, and two in both overtime sessions. Their best chance to score came late in the second overtime when Allie Kolb sent a strike toward the goal after dribbling past three defenders. Lancers keeper Ruby Nichols was just able to corral the ball for the save.
Megan Cox, Devon Morones, Meghan Marks and Taryn Tanaka led the Mustangs defensively, constantly clearing balls from their defensive third.