CHULA VISTA Ang Boyd provided quite the encore.
Eastlake’s senior forward notched the winning goal in the San Diego Section Division I girls soccer championship match against Carlsbad on Friday. Four days later, in front of a home crowd at Stan Canaris Stadium, Boyd struck again in the 62nd minute.
“It surprised me,” she said. “The ball just happened to find itself at my feet. Dylan (Christensen) made a beautiful throw, we got the flick and it bounced everywhere until it got to me. I just put my foot on it and scored.”
Boyd’s late-game heroics edged Eastlake past Whittier La Serna 1-0 in the Southern California Regional Division I quarterfinals. The third-seeded Titans (16-2-6) will host No. 7 Westview (15-10-2) in the semifinals Thursday.
Eastlake senior goalkeeper JoJo McCaskill, who had 17 saves Friday, collected her ninth shutout of the season.
“The crowd, a home field, a little luck, maybe a little focus, maybe the wind blowing a particular way at a certain time,” said Eastlake coach Scott Burress.
“At this stage, it’s such a small difference that separates the winning team from the losing team in these matches.”
Adjustments certainly help, too.
Eastlake managed two shots through the first 40 minutes. In the second half, Burress rolled the dice. He employed three forwards up front to try to create more chances and counteract La Serna’s trap defense.
Burress finally deciphered the Lancers’ game plan.
“It’s impossible to prepare for these teams,” he said. “We didn’t know anything about them. I saw the trap and changed up at halftime.”