|Santa Margarita defeats Bishop Amat for first regional championship|
The Eagles defeated the Lancers 2-1 in the CIF Division 2 regional title game. Santa Margarita's leading scorer Samantha Trenary knocked in the game-winning goal. Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com
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Trenary's goal lifts Santa Margarita to Division 2 title
DOWNEY – With Santa Margarita and Bishop Amat locked in a 1-1 tie late in the second half of the CIF Southern California Division 2 championship, a clutch swing of the right leg from junior Samantha Trenary delivered a first for the Eagles.
Trenary scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute to lead Santa Margarita past Bishop Amat, 2-1, Saturday at Warren High.
"We knew that if we could pull together and play as a team, we could definitely win it all," Trenary said. "We have a lot of heart and wanted to win for each other."
Junior Bryce Ziemer scored a first-half goal for Santa Margarita (18-5-4), which won its first regional championship.
"Once we controlled and settled the middle, we were successful and able to get attacking and scoring chances," Eagles assistant coach Eddie Huerta said. "We had a cast of young ladies that went in and contributed. It had to be a team effort today."
It was the Eagles' defense that helped Santa Margarita withstand early attacking pressure from the Bishop Amat offense. Junior goalie Chelsey Carey had four first-half saves, while defenders Kailey Hackett, Jennifer Donegan and Jennifer Rupey denied additional chances by clearing balls away from Lancer attackers.
"As a defense, we just tried to stay together and stay tight on them," Hackett said. "We worked as team, and talked to each other, which helped."
The Eagles' offense gradually began to counter the Lancers' attack and nearly took the lead in the 28th minute. Trenary angled her dribble toward the middle of the field to clear space and uncorked a hard line drive shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and away from the goal.
Santa Margarita's increased pressure finally yielded a goal in the 31st minute. Trenary chipped a pass into the attacking third for Ziemer, who raced down the field toward the near post, beat a Lancers defender and rolled a shot that bounced off the far post and into the goal.
"It was a matter of getting my body in front of the defender, pushing through, and getting the ball into the net," Ziemer said. "We were in a bit of a funk and knew that we had to come back at them. We started to hound them toward the end of the first half and got the goal."
The Lancers had another deep penetration into the attacking third late in the first half, but Donegan prevented a shot on goal by stepping up and cutting off the Lancers run to the goal.
Bishop Amat (26-5-4) produced the equalizer in the 43rd minute. Lancers junior Yazmin Montoya received a pass from teammate April Juarez and floated a shot toward the far post corner that bounced off the hands of Eagles junior goalie Taylor Wulf, hit the far post, and bounced into the goal.
Later in the half, Juarez produced a shot on goal that was gobbled up by Wulf.
Trenary created three quality scoring chances with deep penetration into the box later in the half, but was stopped each time by the Lancers defense.
Then on a counterattack off a Lancers shot attempt that was stopped by the Eagles defense, Ziemer connected a pass to Trenary, who floated a shot over the head of Lancers goalie Nicole Ragano and into the goal.
"Bryce (Ziemer) was dribbling to the right and they had a lot of holes in their defense because they played really deep," Trenary said. "I knew that when she got into the right, I was wide open. I cracked it and it went over their goalie's head."
The Lancers had a scoring opportunity in the 75th minute, but a shot by Montoya sailed over the crossbar.
Eagles junior Kassidy Gorman helped Santa Margarita close out the win, clearing away a Lancers run in the middle third during the final seconds of the match.
"We did our homework and knew what was going to come at us," Huerta said. "We limited their scoring chances, and defense wins championships."