May 17, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

PHOTOS: Sunny Hills advances to CIF semifinal playoffs with overtime victory over Palmdale

Teammates mob Tyler Ip after his goal gave Sunny Hills a penalty kick 3-1 victory over Palmdale Friday. (Photos courtesy Jim McCormack, For OC Sports Zone).

It was one of those games where neither team should have been the loser.

Even at that it took 80 minutes of regulation, 20 minutes of overtime and a round of penalty kicks before Sunny Hills emerged the victor over Palmdale in an intense CIF Division 3 boys soccer quarterfinal at La Habra High School.

The teams were tied at one after regulation, played through a scoreless double overtime before Lancer goalie Logan Williams had two saves and teammates Daniel Park, Matthias Brown and Tyler Ip converted their penalty kicks to give Sunny Hills a 3-1 penalty kick victory.

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The loss ended a stellar season for Palmdale, the reigning Division 4 champion. The Falcons, who are 42-5-13 over the past three seasons, finished this year 12-1-6,

For Sunny Hills, the win meant its season of redemption continues. Beset by injuries a year ago the Lancers missed the CIF playoffs for the first time in 20 years.

The Lancers vowed this season would be different and it has been. Combining an opportunistic offense with a relentless defense, Sunny Hills tied Fullerton for the Freeway League title and has won three intense matches in the playoffs. Friday’s win qualifies the Lancers for a semifinal match Tuesday on the road with Valley View of Moreno Valley.

The matrch will be at 6 p.m. at Valley View, 13135 Nason St., Moreno Valley. Valley View (17-0-5) is seeded No. 1 in Division 3.

Friday’s match was intense from the beginning. Sunny Hills got a quick goal from Sam Takaki in the second minute and Williams and his Lancer defense made that goal stand until the 62nd minute when Palmdale’s Edgar Rios used his head to redirect a long penalty kick and the match was tied at one.

It was the first goal the Lancers had surrendered in three playoff games .

 In the penalty kick phase both Williams and Palmdale goalie Samuel Alcantaran had saves on the first shot attempt by each team. In the second round, the Palmdale kick soared over the goal and Brown converted for a 1-0 Lancer advantage.

Rios opened the third round with a goal for Palmdale but Park made it 2-1 after 3 with his successful kick. In round 4, Williams made his second save and Ip connected to seal the win for the Lancers.

—Courtesy Jim McCormack, For OC Sports Zone