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Reedley High wins boys D-II soccer title

Uriel Naranjo scored the winning goal in a penalty-kick shootout as Reedley edged Golden Valley for the Central Section Division II boys soccer title Friday night.

It was the Pirates' first section championship since 2003 and marked the fourth straight playoff game that No. 6 Reedley (15-11-3) won by just a goal.

Reedley secured the title after neither team scored through regulation and two overtimes. The Pirates then edged top-seeded Golden Valley 8-7 on penalty kicks.

"It was a tense atmosphere and a very intense game," Reedley coach Bladimir Pizano said. "Our team showed a lot of character staying relaxed. They played in a lot of close games in the playoffs already. They kept their composure when things got tough."

Naranjo scored the winning goal with a shot to his right, with the goalie guessing left.

Golden Valley (19-4) actually scored in overtime, but the goal was nullified because by an offside penalty.

Strong wind played much of a factor throughout the match, with the team shooting at the south end of the field having the advantage each time.

Girls soccer

Nancy Olea scored No. 7 Farmersville's winning goal in overtime, giving the Aztecs the D-VI Central Section title over host top-seeded Riverdale 5-4.

The Aztecs were led by Maria Gonzalez's two goals. Riverdale's Kendra Monteiro also scored twice. But Olea's goal, which soared into the upper left corner of the net, was the difference.

D-II: No. 2 Clovis North fell 2-1 at top-seeded Frontier in double overtime.

D-III: No. 3 Yosemite lost to No. 1 Highland 4-1 as Joanna Espinoza scored three goals. Lacey Smith scored Yosemite's goal.


D-I boys: No. 3 Bullard will play at No. 1 Buchanan at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

D-I girls: No. 2 Buchanan will play No. 1 Bullard at 6 p.m. Tuesday at McLane Stadium.

D-III boys: No. 8 Fresno will play at No. 2 Porterville at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

D-IV girls: No. 1 Central Valley Christian will host No. 3 Kingsburg at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

D-V boys: No. 5 Sierra plays at No. 3 Woodlake at 6 p.m. Monday.

D-V girls: No. 2 Caruthers will visit No. 1 Sierra at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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