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Berkeley girls fall to Amador Valley 1-0

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Monday February 19, 2001

’Jackets give up goal in 75th minute, get booted from NCS 

 

The Berkeley High girls’ soccer team ended its season on a sour note Saturday night, falling to Amador Valley 1-0 at home in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs. 

Although the rain-soaked game was scoreless after 75 minutes of play, the visiting Dons clearly had the run of play for most of the evening. The Yellowjackets didn’t get their first shot on the Amador Valley goal until the 73rd minute, a breakaway that forward Annie Borton hit right at goalkeeper Heather Hartman. A minute later, Amador Valley midfielder Rose Zapata hit a long pass for forward Stevie Kernan, the Dons’ leading scorer. Kernan took two dribbles to evade the last Berkeley defender, then hit a low shot past Berkeley’s Sara Corrigan-Gibbs to give her team the win. 

Kernan had blown a breakaway chance in the first half, shooting right at Corrigan-Gibbs. The Berkeley goalkeeper made five saves in the game, including a diving save on a Tina Sutoris shot just before halftime. 

“Our team defense was really good, and Sara did an amazing job for us today,” Berkeley coach Suzanne Sillett said. “I’m really proud of the way they played. We prepared all week for them, and I think we met the challenge they brought to us.” 

The Dons outshot Berkeley eight to one in the game, and the ’Jackets struggled to string together passes to move the ball up the field. They were forced to resort to launching long balls to forwards Borton and Maura Fitzgerald, who were consistently beaten to the ball by the Amador Valley defenders. 

“We struggled with possessing the ball, but I don’t think we were overmatched in team speed,” Sillett said. 

The Amador Valley coach, Rachel Schmidt, praised her defense for shutting down the Berkeley attack. 

“We’re fairly big in the backline, so we’re strong in the air,” Schmidt said. “But we do have some really quick backs who are fast to react, so we were able to keep the back of the field clean.” 

The Yellowjackets finished first in the ACCAL this year, their first in the league since switching from the EBAL, where the Dons finished third this season. Sillett said that while the ACCAL might not be as tough as Berkeley’s old league, she still feels her team proved itself as a contender. 

“The ACCAL is an easier league than the EBAL, but I think we met our goals this year, and we proved to all the teams on the other side of the hill that we’re a quality team,” she said.