Westview's Angel Meriwether (second from left, shown in a game last season) played a key defensive role in the Wolverines' semifinal win over Torrey Pines on Tuesday night.
Reduced to 10 players, No. 4 Westview survived a barrage of second-half shots by Torrey Pines, upsetting the top-seeded Falcons 1-0 in the San Diego Section Open Division girls soccer semifinals Tuesday night.
The visiting Wolverines (17-7-4) advanced to the final for the fourth straight year, taking on No. 3 La Costa Canyon on Friday at Mesa College.
“They were zoned in and caught a few breaks here and there and just battled the rest of the way,” said Westview coach Peter Stogsdill.
In the 30th minute, Westview sophomore midfielder Marley Canales corralled a lob inside the box and chipped it over Torrey Pines’ keeper for what proved to be the game-winning goal, but not before an onslaught of attempts.
“Angel (Meriwether), one of our main weapons in the attack, moved to left back to cover,” Stogsdill said of the change in tactics following the ejection of Haley Bruce.
The junior left back clipped a Torrey Pines attacker’s heels, attempting to jar the ball loose, and was tossed for receiving her second yellow card in the 58th minute.
Capitalizing on Westview’s shortage, the Falcons (22-2-1) penetrated the Wolverines’ interior with ease, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
“We just had to have a short-term memory,” said Westview keeper Brittney Viboch. “(Torrey Pines) kept firing off shots, but we had to rally around each other and protect the net.”