Chula Vista High Tech goalkeeper Sierra Sanchez is greeted by teammates after the Bruins clinched the championship.
Chula Vista High Tech goalkeeper Sierra Sanchez took a ball in the nose, stopped a late shot with her shin and made the only overtime save. Then she stopped the last penalty kick to secure her school’s first San Diego Section championship in any sport.
The 12th-seeded Bruins prevailed 3-1 on penalty kicks over Helix after the teams went scoreless through regulation and overtime in the section Division III girls soccer final at Mesa College on Saturday.
Jessica Castro converted her PK in the fourth round to give High Tech (19-4-3) a two-goal edge before the last try for No. 2 Helix (8-10-5).
“It’s really exciting to get our first banner,” said Sanchez, a sophomore who made five saves before the PK session. “I just shook off (any pain). My team needed me, so I just had to get my head back in the game.”
This season marked the first time in the six-year history of the Bruins program that they won a playoff contest in girls soccer.
‘’We showed that we’re a lot more than everyone thinks of us,” said Castro, a junior in her third varsity season. “We worked so hand and did amazingly.”
Alexie Gates had a shot bang off the crossbar 17 minutes into the second half, which ended up being High Tech’s best scoring attempt.