McKay Leos scored the only goal Frazier Mountain would need in the 31st minute and the second-seeded Falcons went on to defeat No. 5 Fresno Christian 2-0 for the Central Section Division VI girls soccer championship on Tuesday.
Monick Powers added an insurance goal in the 34th minute for Frazier Mountain (15-2-3) which had to play at Fresno Christian despite being the lower seed because of rules that prevent teams from the High Desert League from hosting playoff games during their first two years as members of the Central Section.
Sharon Lemburg won her first section title in 20 seasons coaching the Falcons.
The rest of the girls games played Tuesday were semifinals. Highlights include:
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Division II: No. 2 Madera South beat rival and third-seeded Madera 1-0 for the second time in two weeks to earn a spot in the final, where the Stallions will host No. 9 Central Valley Christian. The Cavaliers, promoted after beating Highland 2-1 for the D-III title last season, beat Highland 2-0 on penalty kicks in a semifinal rematch.
Division III: No. 3 Liberty-Madera Ranchos upset No. 2 Mission Oak 2-1 in Tulare on goals from Haylee Hoelzel to advance to a showdown against top-seeded East Bakersfield, which beat No. 4 Independence 1-0. The Hawks were beaten by eventual champion CVC in the D-III semifinals last season.
Division IV: Top-seeded Strathmore received two goals apiece from Taylor Alkire, Rosie Platas and Samantha Oliveira in a 6-1 defeat of No. 4 Taft. The Spartans will host No. 2 Bakersfield Christian, a 4-2 winner over No. 3 Foothill, for the title.
Division V: Jessica Dondlinger’s hat trick helped propel the top-seeded Redcats to a 5-2 win over No. 4 Shafter. Fowler will host either No. 2 McFarland or No. 6 Lindsay at 7 p.m. Friday for the title.
Division I: Anthony Smith scored the go-ahead goal with 8 minutes left as No. 3 Liberty-Bakersfield edged No. 7 Central 2-1 to advance to a championship matchup with the winner between No. 1 Buchanan and No. 4 Clovis North, a game set for 3 p.m. Wednesday. Juan Carlos Lazcano scored off a feed from Jesus Mota for the Grizzlies (10-12-2).
Division II: Jonathan Vasquez’s goal with a minute remaining lifted No. 5 Monache over top-seeded Golden West and into the final against No. 3 South, which rode goals from Jefferson Escobar to a 2-0 win over No. 2 Reedley.
Division III: No. 2 Dinuba will host No. 4 Tulare for the title after the Emperors edged No. 3 Wasco 2-1 and the Redskins topped No. 8 Madera South 2-1 in overtime.
Division IV: No. McLane hosts No. 6 Orosi and No. 1 Washington entertains No. 4 Kingsburg in semifinals Wednesday at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
Division V: Top-seeded McFarland beat No. 4 Liberty-Madera Ranchos and No. 2 Kennedy topped No. 3 Riverdale in the semifinals.
Division VI: Ramiro Sanchez’s goal with roughly 4 minutes left in the second overtime sent No. 4 Avenal over No. 8 Orange Cove 1-0. The Buccaneers will play at No. 3 Exeter, a 2-0 winner against No. 10 Bakersfield Christian, at 7 p.m. Friday for the title.