Girls soccer takes NSCIF Division III Championship

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Amy Pizano played in the NSCIF championship game against Colusa High School. On Saturday, February 23

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The Winters High School girls soccer team defeated Colusa High School in the NSCIF Division III Championships, on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Warriors are undefeated and have not been scored upon in any league games. The game was a battle of two teams with strong midfield players, which set the tone for the game. The championship was played on the Shirley Rominger Field.

The Warriors have played Colusa three times before this season, twice in regular league games and once in tournament. In all three previous games the Warriors tied Colusa. This time the Warriors beat Colusa in a shutout with a score of 2-0. The Warriors have now finished the regular season undefeated in league and now division championships. The Warriors also allowed no score to be made against them in league and the championship games.

Early in the championship game Mallory Layne shot the first goal with a key assist by Amy Pizano. The Warriors kept the score at 1-0 up to the last four minutes of regular play. When Elina Perez shot the goal with a second key assist by Pizano, it secured the championship win for the Warriors.

“The Warrior girls came out determined to close this out. They played their game for 20 minutes and then were distracted by the play of Colusa. They weren’t able to establish their typical style of play, but through sheer grit and determination they powered to the win,” said Coach Kim Olivas. “After missing the majority of last season with injury, Elina came out determined to make a difference this year. She leads the team in points, and is tied in points for number two in the section. But most importantly she plays with determination, heart and grit. The girl has no quit. She is a joy to watch no matter what sport she is playing.”

The Warriors will move onto the first round of the 2019 CIF Northern California Regional Championships – Division V, as the number seven seed. The game was at University Prep High School of Redding where the Warriors took on the Panthers, seeded number two, on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.

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