Torrey Pines freshman Catarina Macario (shown in a game earlier this season) scored three goals in the Falcons' win over Huntington Beach Edison on Tuesday.
No one on the Torrey Pines High girls soccer team turned in her uniform following a semifinal loss in the San Diego Section playoffs. Nor did the Falcons lose their resolve.
Though such a setback typically has meant an end to the season, Torrey Pines still received the fourth seed in the Southern California Regional Division I tournament. The host Falcons opened forcefully with a 4-1 quarterfinal victory over Huntington Beach Edison on Tuesday.
Freshman standout Catarina Macario recorded a hat trick and Anissa Dadkhah added a goal and an assist exactly a week after a 1-0 loss to Westview in the section Open Division playoffs.
“With that loss, we just thought what we could do better for this game,” said Macario, who scored her first postseason goals, increasing her season total to 33. “When we found out (about advancing), we were excited and flattered. We knew we had to put out our best.’’
The victory set up a rematch for the Falcons (23-2-1) in the semifinals on Thursday at No. 1 Westview. Before the playoff loss to the Wolverines, Torrey Pines won the other three meetings between the schools this season.
“We’re really motivated to play them with a chance for redemption,” Dadkhah said. “It’s a really great feeling.”
Torrey Pines took a 3-0 lead five minutes into the second half on the way to dispatching fifth-seeded Edison (12-7-6), the Southern Section Division I runner-up. To complete her hat trick, Macario converted a penalty kick with 17 minutes left.
Falcons coach Martyn Hansford had his team back in practice last Thursday in anticipation of being rewarded a regional playoff berth.
“It doesn’t do good to look backward,” Hansford said. “You have to look forward.”