Three times, the Clovis High School girls soccer team tried driving the ball low and to the right of Angie Petrakis.
And three times, the Clovis North sophomore goalkeeper gobbled up the shots.
Petrakis made saves on all three attempts she faced, Hannah Hall scored what proved to be the clincher and the fourth-seeded Broncos upset No. 1 Clovis 3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout in a Central Section Division I semifinal Tuesday at Lamonica Stadium.
“I love it when people are depending on me,” Petrakis said. “I love pressure.”
Clovis North (15-6-3), the survivor of a match that was 2-2 through 80 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime, advanced to the section finals for the sixth time in school history and second time as a D-I program.
The Broncos will host No. 7 Bullard in a match tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. The Knights’ Maya Sanders on Wednesday scored just before halftime for the game’s only goal as Bullard edged No. 6 and defending D-I champion Clovis East 1-0 in the other semifinal.
We’ve been practicing PKs and we put our heart into every practice. This is what we’ve been working for.
Clovis North’s Hannah Hall
Clovis goalkeeper Callie Thiesen saved Karlee Pottorff’s shot to open the PK shootout. Petrakis followed with a save of Zoe Juarez.
Bre Frampton converted for Clovis North and Petrakis saved Sierra Corner’s shot to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.
Clovis North made it 2-0 as Natalie Nurcanyan scored and Petrakis came up with another save, correctly diving to her right for the third consecutive time to deny Kylie Lucero, who delivered two goals during regulation for Clovis.
“In penalty kicks, we knew we had a goalie who can make saves, and she did it tonight,” Clovis North coach Nick Pappanduros said. “I’m so proud of her. She’s got that goalie mentality. She’s got that craziness and she’s levelheaded at the same time. She was reading the plays and made great diving saves. It was phenomenal.”
The Broncos clinched the victory when Hall snuck a low liner inside the right post past a diving Thiesen on Clovis North’s fourth attempt.
“I knew I had to do what we’ve been practicing,” Hall said. “This team is very good. We’ve been practicing PKs and we put our heart into every practice. This is what we’ve been working for. I had to finish it.”
After a scoreless first half, Pottorff scored in the 45th minute to put Clovis North ahead.
Clovis (17-4-2) responded in the 50th minute on a goal from Lucero.
CJ Fischer knocked in a rebound during a scramble in front of the goal to put the Broncos ahead 2-1 in the 62nd minute, only to have Lucero score again for the Cougars in the 68th minute.
Both teams had point-blank shots saved and hit off the post during overtime.
“We just couldn’t put it together tonight,” Clovis coach Vanessa Black said. “But that doesn’t take away from the team we’ve put together. I’m proud of how far we’ve come.”
Clovis North 3, Clovis 2
CN, Karlee Pottorff, CJ Fischer. PKs, Bre Frampton, Natallie Nurcanyan, Hannah Hall. C, Kylie Lucero 2. PKs: None. Records: Clovis North 15-6-3, Clovis 17-4-2.
Central Section girls soccer finals
Division I: No. 7 Bullard at No. 4 Clovis North, 1 p.m. Saturday
Division II: No. 5 Sanger at No. 2 Redwood, 6 p.m. Friday
Division III: No. 6 Liberty at No. 1 Mission Oak, 6 p.m. Friday
Division IV: No. 3 Strathmore vs. No. 1 Kingsburg/No. 5 Exeter (6 p.m. Wednesday) winner, time and date of final TBD
Division V: No. 2 Orosi/No. 6 Bishop (Wednesday) winner at No. 1 Fowler, time and date of final TBD
Division VI: No. 3 Arvin vs. No. 1 Rosamond, 6 p.m. Friday