Alyssa Froedge delivered the big shot when Gregori needed it.
The Jaguars junior took advantage of a defensive mistake, scoring the only goal of the game in the 72nd minute to lift No. 12 Gregori to a 1-0 win over No. 5 Golden Valley on Wednesday night at Veterans Stadium.
Golden Valley coach Ashley Faraone felt better communication between Cougars goalie Jadyn Gong and the GV defenders may have prevented the goal.
“Maybe a lack of talking,” Faraone said. “Who stays back and who goes out, that type of thing. If we talk more maybe the goal could have been prevented.”
The Jaguars didn’t get many other opportunities in the game.
Golden Valley (13-7-3) held the advantage in time of possession as the Cougars tried to build an attack. The problem is the Cougars weren’t able to unleash many shots.
Carlie Garcia had an opportunity to give the Cougars a lead in the 26th minute. Gregori’s goalie Monica Vigil was pulled out of the box, which left the cage wide open. Garcia got off a shot, but misfired to the left of the goal.
Ariana Severo had another shot to give GV the lead in the second half when she fired a shot from 30 yards out, but it was Gregori’s Elaina Shipley making a diving stop to her left in goal.
Faraone felt her team came out flat to start the game, but picked up momentum toward the end of the first half.
“In the second half we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” Faraone said. “We didn’t take shots. We took very few shots. The build up was good, we just couldn’t score.”
Gregori (16-5-4) will get a home game in the quarterfinals with No. 13 Rocklin upsetting No. 4 Inderkum 1-0.
Golden Valley’s season comes to an end. A year that included the Cougars’ first outright Central California Conference championship.
“I was just talking to the girls about how we’re losing four incredible players, but we’ve got so much to look forward to,” Faraone said. “Our goal this year was to win league and that’s what we did.”
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