LONG BEACH — Marina’s girls soccer team hadn’t allowed a goal through four playoff games and only one goal over its past seven games heading into the CIF Division 3 championship against Moorpark on Saturday at Long Beach City College.
The Vikings once again played well on defense but ultimately succumbed to the unrelenting pressure applied by the Musketeers, who came away with a 2-1 victory in a contest that needed 85 minutes to decide.
Zaina Barakat scored the golden goal five minutes into overtime to win the game for Moorpark (17-4), the No. 3 seed.
“Moorpark is a great team,” Marina coach Heath Oberle said. “They brought it to us from the very beginning. We had to make some adjustments to really match their intensity. I feel like we made some adjustments and we matched it.”
The Musketeers controlled the ball on the Vikings’ side of the field for much of the first half.
Gianna Foss got off a good shot trying to sneak the ball over the head of Marina goalkeeper Taylee Vo, who leaped high and made the save.
Minutes later, Vo made another leaping save on a high-arcing shot from Brielle Bickham from 40 yards out.
Later in the quarter, Vo dove to her left to knock away a shot from Alysa Diaz
But in the 21st minute, the Musketeers finally got one past Vo when Kamryn Beavers, who was flat on her back in the middle of a scrum off of a corner kick, knocked the ball into the goal.
“They are a high-pressure team and we knew that coming in,” Vikings defender Kiera Miskelly said. “We did let one go in but it was bouncing around so it wasn’t a solid goal. Me and one other girl were on the floor and we couldn’t get up because everyone was just on top of us.”
With five minutes remaining in the half, the Vikings (12-5-6) tied the score when Riley Crosby scored on a high-arcing shot from 30 yards out.
The goal was scored off of Crosby’s own throw on a ball that the Musketeers couldn’t clear.
“We got some confidence and got some energy from it,” Oberle said of the goal.
Marina qualified for the CIF Southern California Regional Championships, which begin Tuesday.
“We’d rather be going in as CIF champs but I think for the seniors it’s great,” Oberle said. “It’s another opportunity to come out. I told the seniors to be proud of the journey and what we’ve accomplished.”
At the end of regulation and prior to the start of overtime, the game was delayed for 30 minutes because of lightning in the area.
Moorpark was making its fifth CIF finals appearance and first since 2017 when it won the program’s only CIF crown (Division 2).