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Division IV: Serra outlasts SD High Tech

03/08/2014, 4:13pm PST
By Craig Malveaux

Conquistadors earn first girls soccer title in school history

Following 95 minutes of scoreless play, top-seeded Serra outlasted San Diego High Tech in penalty kicks 3-0 to capture the San Diego Section Division IV girls soccer crown Saturday at Clairemont High.

“It’s a tough way to lose and a hard way to win because it’s a luck shot,” said senior Serra keeper Maddie Burdick. “But we’re stoked to win.”

Sandwiched between the posts, Burdick dived left and punched out High Tech’s first PK attempt.

“Sometimes it’s a guessing game. Sometimes it’s a gut feeling,” Burdick said.

“That was a gut feeling. She was looking right way too much. She made it too obvious. I took a step right, then dove to my left and got my hands on it.”

Junior midfielders Crystal Cordova and Rachel Caswell converted their attempts to give Serra (17-7-1) a 2-0 lead after two penalties apiece.

No. 3 High Tech (14-10) chipped its final attempt wide right. Serra senior forward Sandra Buckner buried hers in the left corner, giving Serra its first girls soccer title in program history.

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