San Diego Southwest junior Gabriel Alamillo charged toward the goal, put the ball in the net for an overtime score and then became engulfed in a swarm of teammates and an outpouring of fans on the field.
His goal at four minutes into OT lifted the second-seeded Raiders past San Dieguito 2-1 for their first crown since 2003 in the San Diego Section Division I boys soccer final at Mesa College on Saturday night.
“When it went in, that was so exciting,” said Alamillo, who recorded his ninth goal of the season. “It’s probably the happiest moment of my life.”
No. 9 San Dieguito (9-7-5) forced Southwest (19-2-4) into overtime with a tying score by Tristan Norton on a free kick with four minutes left in regulation.
“That was a good goal, but it was just awful for us,” Alamillo said. “It brought us down a little, but we managed to get that second one.”
Raiders reserve Alfredo Adame opening the scoring in the 58th minute. He converted on a loose ball off a defender soon after he entered the game.