Alexa Vandevanter scored on a rebound in the 55th minute to lift host San Ramon Valley High to a 1-0 win over Granada in an East Bay Athletic League girls soccer match Thursday.
Vandevanter's game-winner was set up by a corner kick by Kristen Pavlick. Morgan Idso got the first shot off, which was saved by Matadors goalkeeper Brielle Preece. The ball came out to the left side of the net, where Vandevanter put it home.
"We were getting our chances in the final third, we just couldn't finish them," Vandevanter said. "We got that corner, which was a great ball in. Right when (Preece) deflected it and it was coming towards me, I could see the open goal."
The Wolves (11-0-4, 5-0-3 EBAL) controlled the action most of the night, keeping the pressure on a young Granada team. However, the Matadors (6-2, 5-2) held the fort, with goalkeeper Amanda Valentine maintaining a shutout in the first half. Preece came in for the second half and continued to blank San Ramon Valley until Vandevanter's goal.
Granada's best scoring opportunity came when Katie Lortie got loose behind the Wolves defense in the 66th minute. From about 20 yards, she fired a shot that went barely wide left.
Hercules 2, Pinole Valley 0: When Sergio Garcia took over the Hercules High boys soccer program in the 2007-2008 season, the team went 0-12 in the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League.
Fast forward five years, and the Titans are the champions of the Tri-County Athletic League's Stone Division after a win over host Pinole Valley.
"This is priceless," Garcia said. "I didn't know what I was getting into here, but it's paid off and we've been hungry to get to this point."
Hercules (14-3-1, 8-0-0 TCAL) were in firm control in the first half but couldn't break through until just before halftime thanks to Spartans keeper Bryan Moran.
But in the 38th minute, Jeremy Romero was able to burn his old squad, exploding down the left side with a quick dribble and then burying his left-footed rocket to the far post. Romero played for Pinole Valley last season.
Pinole Valley (7-5-1, 5-2-1) played a more even game in the second half but was sunk by Cesar Mendoza's 79th-minute free kick that found its way in.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent