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Golden goal caps LCC’s flip in fortune

03/06/2013, 10:33pm PST
By Terry Monahan

In a game where no one was happy, the Mavericks were the only ones celebrating.

La Costa Canyon teammates carry senior Drew Ramsey after his overtime goal won the SoCal Regional soccer match for the Mavericks, who will play top-seeded San Clemente on Thursday.

— In a game where no one was happy, La Costa Canyon High was the only one celebrating.

That’s because senior Drew Ramsey’s golden goal halfway through the overtime handed the Mavericks an unexpected 2-1 win over Downey Warren in Tuesday’s Southern California Regional quarterfinals.

Ramsey’s goal not only capped a late comeback from a 1-0 deficit in the final minute, it advances the No. 4-seeded Mavericks (20-6-2) into Thursday’s semifinals at 4 p.m. at No. 1 San Clemente (31-2-1).

For 79 minutes it looked as if Warren (11-9-7) would play Thursday, especially after Nathan Castillo’s goal gave the Bears a 1-0 lead with less than two minutes to play.

With a minute to go in regulation, Warren was whistled for a foul in the penalty area and La Costa Canyon was awarded a penalty kick.

Ryan Blasena hit the net to tie the game 1-1.

“By my clock, we had 40 seconds to play when Ryan scored,” LCC coach Craig Dean said. “I didn’t see the penalty, but one of my assistants said our guy went for a header and he got hit in the hip.”

In the 15-minute overtime session, nothing threatening happened until Aaron Loy took a throw-in just beyond the Warren bench.

Loy’s heave went right to Ramsey and the 6-foot-5 defender, who moves up on offense on deep throw-ins and corner kicks, was able to head the ball past Warren goalkeeper Christopher Dominguez.

It was Ramsey’s fourth goal this season.

“I looked back and saw it go in,” the Cal State Monterey Bay-bound Ramsey said. “Thank you. About time something went in.

“I turned and looked toward the bench and it seemed like the whole school had jumped out of the stands and was screaming at me.”

Warren seemed to enjoy an edge throughout the game right up to the point that the penalty kick was called.

An angry Warren coach Miguel Peña offered a “no comment” after the game.

Ironically, Saturday’s Division I championship match will be played at 6 p.m. at Warren.

La Costa Canyon still has a chance to be there.

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