Cathedral Catholic found a way to marginalize its first-half error.
“We’re fine,” coach Dawn Lee emphasized to her team. “There’s plenty of time left. Play hard. Battle through it.”
The Dons — trailing at halftime after an own goal while attempting to clear a throw-in — listened, then performed.
When the final whistle sounded, Cathedral Catholic was the Southern California Regional Division II girls soccer champion with a 3-1 ousting of top-seeded West Hills Chaminade on Friday at Warren High in Downey.
Senior Kelly Bieraugel and juniors Brittany Doan and Tamara Gomez contributed second-half goals for the No. 2 Dons (26-3-4).
Seniors Lindy Porritt and Mikaela Kraus and freshman Dana Dalton picked up assists.
“I’m unbelievably proud of them,” Lee said. “The biggest thing we talked about all year was not walking off the field with regrets.”
Providing Chaminade (21-4-5) an early lead never rattled Cathedral Catholic. It motivated the Dons and brought a sense of urgency.
“We have forty minutes left in our season,” the seniors preached at intermission. “Leave everything on the field.”
Cathedral claimed its first regional title since 2008.
“Plenty of hugs, smiles and touching the trophy,” Lee said. “It’s so fun. We don’t want (the season) to end.”