By Steve Breazeale
The final goal scored by the Dana Hills girls soccer team in their 2-0 win over visiting University in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships was a fitting end to the Dolphins dominant performance.
Holding a 1-0 advantage going into the second half of play the Dolphins kept knocking and knocking at the door of the Trojans goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net. That was until, in the final seconds of stoppage time, Dana Hills forward Sydney Chiodini took a headed pass from senior Sydnie Zuccolotto deep into the box on a breakaway and fired a hooking shot into the net for the second and final goal of the match.
Chiodini was greeted by her teammates in a midfield celebration in a sign of joy and relief. The Dolphins had 12 shot attempts in the second half alone and were denied several times.
“We were packing it in and trying to get anything we could and couldn’t buy a goal until that very last one,” Dana Hills head coach Sheena Jarvis said. “I was very pleased to get that last one at the end, I feel like we deserved it…My hats off to University for stopping us for so long but now I feel like we can settle down.”
The Dolphins now wait to face either San Juan Hills or Rancho Cucamonga in the second round. Results were not available at press time.
The Dolphins got off to a hot start and scored the opening goal 38 seconds into the match. Forward Brittnay Mueller flicked a curling through-ball up field for Hannah Ris who converted on the strike that gave Dana Hills the early momentum.
University tried to use their speedy backline to create plays in the midfield but Dana Hills stood strong and did not allow a Trojan shot until the 36th minute.
Jarvis touched on the fact that the bigger stage that comes with being in the playoffs leads to nerves. But she thinks that final bookend goal could prove huge in the future for her team.
“I think we are now a little more relaxed, especially with that second goal we have more confidence going into the next game,” Jarvis said.