College Park High goalkeeper Kylie Aliamus dived to her right to make the save, and her jubilant teammates knew just what to do.
The Falcons mobbed their keeper, whose stop of a shot by Heritage's Sarah Toelkes in a best-of-five shootout clinched the victory in the first round of the North Coast Section Division I girls soccer playoffs on Wednesday.
"That was something awesome," Aliamus said of the celebration scene.
Host College Park, the sixth seed, prevailed over No. 11 Heritage 4-3 in the penalty kick shootout after the teams fought to a 1-1 draw through regulation and 20 minutes of sudden-death overtime.
The Falcons (17-2-6) will play at No. 3 Berkeley in Saturday's quarterfinals at 7 p.m.
Converting in the shootout for College Park were Mary Stammers, Jacky Scharff, Dominike Tambazidis and Brianna Gonzalez.
Heritage (12-4-4) rallied to tie the match 1-1 on a goal by Chrissy Trujillo in the 53rd minute. College Park led 1-0 on a goal by Scharff in the 51st minute. She raced in and headed a ball off a bounce over coming-out goalkeeper Sachi Bonham.
Scharff, who has 23 goals this season, nearly decided the outcome 17 minutes into overtime when she rocketed a shot off the crossbar.
Deer Valley coach LeChet Phillips has been placed on administrative leave while the school investigates a fight that occurred during a freshman basketball game
According to Phillips, during the fight, some fans and parents went after his wife and he jumped in to protect her.
"I had to protect my wife," Phillips said.
Asked why he was placed on leave, he said, "Honestly, I don't know."
A phone message left with the Deer Valley athletic department and emails to principal Ken Gardner and co-athletic directors Dan Peters and Scott Allen were not responded to Wednesday. Phillips is an off-campus coach who is not a teacher at the school.
Phillips said he didn't know of a timetable for a decision on his status. Assistant coach Pat Saindon is coaching the team in his absence.
Deer Valley (19-5, 7-1 Bay Valley Athletic League) faces Freedom (18-7, 8-1) on Thursday in a showdown that should decide the league title. The Wolverines are also a contender for the top seed in the NCS Division I playoffs. Behind Kentucky-bound Marcus Lee and UNLV-bound Kendall Smith, Deer Valley is considered a contender to reach the state title game.
-- Jimmy Durkin