St. Margaret's slips past Segerstrom in penalty kicks
SANTA ANA - In a battle between league champions Friday afternoon, St. Margaret's prevailed over Segerstrom in penalty kicks, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS girls soccer Division 6 playoffs.
Neither team was able to score during regulation or overtime, although both had plenty of opportunities.
The Tartans (17-4-4) have won five consecutive games and haven't lost since falling to La Mirada, 1-0, on Dec. 28.
The Academy League champions will face San Dimas in the semifinals onTuesday.
St. Margaret's coach Johnny Marmelstein gave credit to the tough play of Segerstrom.
“We knew they were going to be tough," he said. "Last year Hemet beat them on PKs, so they are used to playing close games.”
The Jaguars (15-3-2) lost for the first time since Ocean View beat them, 2-1, on Jan. 30.
This was the fourth consecutive Golden West League title for Segerstrom.
Sophomore forward Vivian Vega, who had 28 goals and three assists this season, was teary-eyed after failing to score on her penalty kick.
“I wasn't nervous," she said. "I thought I'd make it.
“The goalie just ... took it away.”