Chula Vista missed an early opportunity, and Canyon Crest converted one, setting the stage for the Ravens’ 2-0 win over the visiting Spartans in the San Diego Section Division I boys soccer quarterfinals Saturday.
The top-seeded Ravens (10-11-2), who have never reached the section finals, will host the winner between San Dieguito and La Costa Canyon in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
A Chula Vista shot hit the post in the first minute. Four minutes later, Canyon Crest sophomore Michael Avilla buried a shot just inside the left post from the right side of the penalty area.
“(The early goal) was so important,” said Ravens coach Tom Lockhart, whose team had a first-round bye. “You get nervous as far as having a whole week off. Are you going to be rusty? I thought from the very beginning, we showed a lot of fire.”
Avilla added a second goal in the 29th minute.
“He had a great week of practice, and I’m a big believer in you play the way you practice,” Lockhart said. “He was on fire, and that’s why he got the start.”
No. 8 Chula Vista (7-9-8), which won the Division I Southern California Regional championship last year, forced just three saves from Ravens keeper Michael Callamaras. Spartans coach Ruben Oliveira rued the early missed chance.
“If we would have put that one away, it would have opened the game up,” Oliveira said. “Then they went up 2-0, and they’re hard to break down.
“We played pretty well as far as possession, but we didn’t create enough chances. Being down 2-0 you have to create more.”