Someday in the future, after Brooke Crisp fulfills her plan of becoming a pediatrician, she can tell one of her soccer-playing patients about “the goal.”
It was the goal, among more than 100 Crisp has scored in her four-year prep career, that lifted Redwood High to the Central Section Division II title. The goal she delivered on a perfectly placed 25-yard free kick in the 54th minute in the second-seeded Rangers’ 1-0 over No. 5 Sanger on Friday at Mineral King Bowl. It was Redwood’s second section girls soccer championship, according to section historian Bob Barnett.
“That kick is kind of far out for me to shoot, and usually (sophomore midfielder) Jill Nelson takes it,” said Crisp, a senior forward. “But I just thought that it’s my senior year. This is a shot I can take. So I just went up and shot it.”
That kick is kind of far out for me to shoot, and usually (sophomore midfielder) Jill Nelson takes it. But I just though that it’s my senior year. This is a shot I can take. So I just went up and shot it.
Redwood’s Brooke Crisp, who scored on a 25-yard free kick to lift the Rangers over Sanger 1-0 in the Central Section Division I girls soccer final.
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Taking aim from the left flank, Crisp, who had drawn the foul on the play, sent a looping shot that hit the bottom of the crossbar on the right side and ricocheted into the cage.
“I was aiming for the right corner and luckily it went there,” Crisp said. “When it hit the pole I kind of freaked out because I thought it might bounce out, but when it bounced in, like, I’ve never been that happy in my life.”
It was her 48th goal of the season – fourth-best in the section among players whose stats are kept on maxpreps.com – and the 102nd in a four-year career that will end after the Rangers’ run in the CIF Southern California Regionals.
Pairings for the regionals will be announced March 5.
Crisp, who has a 4.18 GPA, has decided to stop playing soccer despite a scholarship offer from UNLV to focus on college studies. She soon will learn whether she has been accepted into UCLA or Cal, where she plans to study biology and chemistry with the goal of becoming a pediatrician.
But on Friday, Crisp extended one of the greatest soccer careers in Redwood history.
“She’s come in clutch so many times for us the past two years,” coach Jason Vieira said. “To see her with the ball right there with a chance to deliver a Valley title, there was no one else on Earth that I would want taking that kick.
“To see her step up for her team and her school and deliver a title was huge. She’s done that for four years, especially the last two. I knew that when she had the ball in that spot right there, we had a chance to win.”
Crisp’s goal ended up all that Redwood – which entered averaging 3.6 goals per game – would need while improving to 19-5-1.
Freshman goalkeeper Savannah Travis made sure of that.
Vieira had Travis down for five saves, but admitted she likely made more than that as speedy Sanger (17-10-2) peppered her throughout.
“I had so many butterflies,” said Travis, one of four freshmen who played most of the game for Redwood. “But I am so happy right now. It was worth it.”
I had so many butterflies. But I am so happy right now. It was worth it.
Redwood freshman goalkeeper Savannah Travis, who had the shutout in the Rangers’ 1-0 victory Sanger for the Central Section Division II girls soccer title.
Redwood won its other section title in 2003, when it beat Bakersfield 1-0 in the Yosemite Division final. The Rangers lost 1-0 in the D-II final last season to Madera South, were upset in the quarterfinals as a No. 1 seed in 2015 and were beaten in the semifinals as a No. 2 seed in 2013.
“We’ve had heartbreak a few times,” Vieira said.
Not this time. Crisp wasn’t going to allow it.
“I’m so happy. Last year when we lost it crushed us. We worked so hard to get there,” Crisp said. “Then this year we worked so hard to get back here. I knew this time we weren’t going to let it go down, we weren’t going to give up a goal or lose the game.”
Division III – Top-seeded Mission Oak (23-2-1) captured its first section title with a 4-0 victory over No. 6 and two-time defending champ Liberty-Madera Ranchos (17-10-1).
Miranda Jimenez and Madison Cotta scored two goals apiece for the Hawks, D-IV runners-up in 2013 and 2014.
Division IV – Maci Martin scored in the first of two 10-minute overtimes and top-seeded Kingsburg held on 3-2 over No. 3 Strathmore for the Vikings’ first section title.
Kingsburg (23-5-2) scored on a first-half goal by Gianna Alves, then took a 2-1 lead in the second half on Marissa Montelongo’s goal.
Strathmore (18-6-1), the two-time defending champ, received goals from Taylor Alkire and Ally Holloway, who converted a penalty kick with less than five minutes left in regulation.
Division V – Jessica Dondlinger had a hat trick to lead top-seeded Fowler over No. 2 Orosi 4-0 for the Redcats’ third straight division title.
Dondlinger increased her season total to 59 goals and her career mark to 171, fourth in section history, according to Barnett.
Fowler (25-0-1) is the section’s only unbeaten team. Orosi finished 23-5-0.
Division VI – Top-seeded Rosamond (16-11-1) beat No. 3 Arvin (10-12-0) for the section title in a penalty-kick shootout, 4-2, after playing 110 minutes of scoreless soccer.
Redwood 1, Sanger 0
R, Brooke Crisp. Records: Sanger 17-10-2, Redwood 19-5-1.