CHULA VISTA Torrey Pines was the underdog.
“Better team, more skill,” Falcons coach Andy Hargreaves said of the No. 2-seeded Chula Vista Spartans (19-2-3).
“We tried to match up as best as we could and change our game a little, even though we like to play a certain way, because they were better at it.”
However, the 10th-seeded Falcons (11-11-3) found a way, defeating the Spartans in penalty kicks (5-4) after a 2-2 tie in regulation and overtime to advance to the San Diego Section Division I semifinals Wednesday.
“The goal was final four at the start of the season and we are here,” Hargreaves said. “We hit some bad runs during the season, but we’re here.”
Senior goalkeeper Patrick Davis denied Chula Vista’s final PK attempt and senior Jacque Bialostozky, who scored the game-tying goal in regulation to send the game into overtime, nailed the final of six total penalties to seal the match.
“I was nervous, especially since I have only been playing keeper for half the season,” said Davis, who switched from forward. “I got in my zone, focused on the ball and that was it.”
Davis dived correctly twice, punching the soccer ball away from the net.
“When they hit the ball and you see it coming your way, you just have to commit to the dive,” he said.
“There’s a little bit of reading their hips, but at the end of the day it’s just a guessing game and fortunately for us, I guessed right.”