The James Logan High girls soccer team celebrated after a hard-fought 1-1 draw against host Washington on Thursday night -- putting the Colts in position to win a third consecutive Mission Valley Athletic League title.
Logan's Madisson McNamara scored on a header on a Kimber Lohman corner kick in the 64th minute to tie it, after the Huskies' scored on a long power shot by Maddie Cook in the 14th minute.
"In the second half we knew we could come back," Logan coach Tony Villasenor said. "These are a bunch of girls that are comeback kids."
Logan (10-5-3, 9-1-2, 29 points) leads the second-place Huskies (12-1-5, 8-1-3) by two points with two league games remaining, and the Colts expect to take care of business.
Washington goalkeeper Jessica Amaral made two brilliant saves on 1-on-1 opportunities. The aggressive Colts flashed a possession style and played an effective offside trap. The Huskies played a more direct, long-ball style.
Cook, who tosses the ball 30 yards on throw-ins, nearly broke the tie with one mighty toss in the late stages. The ball got past Logan goalkeeper Vanessa Amaral and crossed the goal line, but the referee ruled that a Huskies player interfered with the keeper.
Washington coach David Marroquin praised his team's effort and marveled at its turnaround season.
"I can't ask any more from the ladies, especially coming from just two wins last year to turning it around," Marroquin said. "Our effort has been there, but I think, at times, soccer-wise, we have off days."
Washington's title hopes were dealt a blow with a scoreless tie at Moreau Catholic on Tuesday, after the Huskies were surprised 3-0 by American on Jan. 22 for their first loss of the season.
Deer Valley 1, Antioch 1: Both the Wolverines and the host Panthers needed a victory Thursday to stay in the hunt for the Bay Valley Athletic League title. But neither team helped its cause in a draw, as Deer Valley (8-7-3, 4-2-2 BVAL), with 14 points, remained one point ahead of the Panthers (8-5-5, 4-3-1) for second place. Each team has two league games left to play.
Pittsburg has 20 points after its tie with Liberty on Thursday, so Deer Valley can still hope for a co-league title. Antioch's league championship hopes are dashed.
Both Deer Valley and Antioch remain optimistic about their chances of making the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.
"It would have been better to win today, but the fact we're still alive is good news," Deer Valley coach Juan Tannus said of his team's league title hopes. "We'll do our best next week to win our last two games."
Alejandro Larez opened the scoring midway through the second half when he headed home Omar Ledesma's corner kick for the Wolverines in the 59th minute.
However, Jose Jimenez got the equalizer five minutes later for the Panthers, who remained unbeaten at home (6-0-3).
-- Matt Smith, correspondent