Orosi soccer captures first girls Valley Championship in school history
Orosi high school's been around for more than 100 years - but no girls team, in any sport, had ever won a Valley Championship - until Friday.
"When that final whistle blew, I just, I couldn't help but put everything out that I've been holding in all season, because I've been waiting for this for so long," said Cardinals head coach Sara Carter.
It wasn't easy for Orosi, but Mikala Montemayor's goal late in the first half proved to be the difference. It was the only goal scored by either team in the Division Five title game.
Sierra Pacific nearly tired it in the final seconds, but Cardinals goalkeeper Mireya Lua made the save. Just barely.
"Oh, that was really, really, really, really close to being a goal," said Lua. "It like hit my hand, but went over, and I caught it with my legs."
Moments later, Lua and her teammates were Valley Champs, celebrating the first girls section title in school history and an undefeated season to boot. Orosi went 28-0-2, and outscored opponents 128-15 on the year.
"This group of girls, they worked so hard for it," said Carter. "And, I don't know, it's hard to put into words. I'm still in shock."
Lua added, "We've always been wanting just to win, because we wanted to make history, and we finally did it."
This could just be the start for Orosi. It's a very, very young team, with Lua just a sophomore in goal, and seven of the Cardinals' top nine goal scorers, including the top three, are freshmen or sophomores.