Even with history staring her in the face not to mention some sure-footed Davis kickers Franklin senior goalie Marcela Young looked cool and calm Saturday as the two teams lined up for penalty kicks in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls soccer championship finale at Cosumnes Oaks High School.
But Young's body was telling her something different after the Delta Valley Conference co-champions played fast and furious through 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime without either able to find the net.
"Even though we prepared all week for PKs, I definitely was freaking out," Young said.
But not for long.
She made two diving saves, and Julia Alltop, Lauren Williams, Lauren Aldana and Christiana Atteberry scored goals as the third-seeded Wildcats (17-3-0) defeated the top-seeded Blue Devils 4-3.
The win earned Franklin not only its first girls section soccer title but the first for an Elk Grove Unified School District team since the playoffs began in 1981. Davis finished 20-5-1.
The jitters didn't last long for Young, headed to Cal, though not to play soccer.
As the first Davis kicker lined up, Young noticed she kept looking right. Young dived the other way and blocked her low shot near the corner.
"She was staring at the other side the whole time, so I figured she was trying to trick me," Young said. "It was a good thing I got a touch on the first one because then I knew I was ready."
On Davis' third attempt, Young again went right to knock away another on-frame shot.
Last year, Franklin fell a match short, losing to St. Mary's of Stockton 2-1 in the final in Stockton.
"The girls learned from that experience," said Franklin coach Eliseo Lopez. "We're still a young team, but we also have 13 seniors. I'm so happy that they get to be a part of this special moment."
Bella Vista 2, Ponderosa 1 Behind goals from Sami Donovan and JV call-up Chelsea Allen and a last-minute save by freshman goalie Shannon Fuchs, the top-seeded Broncos (18-1-4) held off the No. 2 Bruins (13-5-2).
Bella Vista won its first section girls title since capturing three D-I titles in a row from 1986 to 1988.
"We've been (knocking) on the door for the last several years," said Bella Vista coach Christie Wheeler. "How'd we open the door? Teamwork. We've been a real good passing team, we peaked at the right time, and it was our time."
Rio Americano 5, Benicia 0 The CIF has open divisions in football and basketball. Rio Americano coach Jennifer Smiley wouldn't mind seeing one in girls soccer, too.
"We'd love that," Smiley said. "We want to play the best because we think we're one of the best."
Mel Hoskins had two goals, Paige Borgorgno supplied two assists, and Lizzie Moulton, Elizabeth Hutchison and Julia Butterfield each added a goal as the top-seeded Raiders, the only area team to be nationally ranked, showed they might just be too big for their division.
It was Rio Americano's third consecutive section title and fifth in the last seven years, all in D-III. The Raiders (18-0-2) lost in overtime, both to Benicia (20-3-1), in the 2008 and 2010 finals.
Rio Americano, which beat Franklin and Davis by a combined 5-0 in the regular season, is No. 4 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America spring rankings.
Colfax 2, Placer 0 Kelly Harris and Tori Henry scored first-half goals as the No. 4 Falcons (14-5-4) defeated league rival and the co-champion Hillgals after losing twice to No. 2 Placer (12-10-1) in Pioneer Valley League play.
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