Emma Spears' unassisted goal three minutes into extra time in the second half helped the host Freedom High girls soccer team salvage a 1-1 Bay Valley Athletic League tie with Heritage on Thursday.
After a scoreless first half, Alyssa Rodriguez got Heritage (8-7-1, 2-1-1 BVAL) on the board with a goal in the 65th minute off an assist from Kylee Smith.
Offense was at a premium as goalkeepers Tess Harrington of Freedom, a three-year starter, and freshman Kailee Gross of Heritage had to make just one save each.
Heritage and Freedom entered the game in a three-way tie for first place in the BVAL with Deer Valley, which beat at Antioch 4-1 to take sole possession of the league lead. Deer Valley, which improved to 3-1 in the BVAL, already has wins over Heritage and Freedom this season.
San Ramon Valley 1, Amador Valley 0: Rachel Speros' goal in the first minute stood up as the winner as the host Wolves beat the Dons to keep pace with first-place Monte Vista in the East Bay Athletic League.
Zoey Bauman made five saves to earn the shutout for San Ramon Valley (12-0-4, 6-0-2 EBAL), which has 20 points in league play. Juliet Allen made 11 saves for Amador Valley (8-5-1, 4-4), which was coming off a 5-1 win over rival Foothill on Tuesday.
Monte Vista beat Granada 3-1 to improve to 14-0-2 overall and 7-0-1 in the EBAL stay two points ahead of San Ramon Valley.
De La Salle lineman Kahlil McKenzie was named to CalHiSports.com's All-State Underclass Team as a junior on defense. McKenzie, listed at 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, had 12 sacks and 74 tackles in 13 games this season and figures to be one of the area's most sought-after recruits for the class of 2015.
Four East Bay players were named first team sophomores -- De La Salle offensive lineman Boss Tagaloa, defensive linemen Alex Glover of St. Mary's and David Letuligasamoa of Heritage, and defensive back Shurod Thompson of Pittsburg.
Heritage has had to forfeit nonleague wins over Armijo-Fairfield and Escalon and its BVAL win over Liberty this month for use of an ineligible player, athletic director and Patriots coach Pat Cruickshank said Thursday.
Cruickshank said the player's ineligibility stemmed from paperwork issues and added he hopes to have the problem resolved soon. The losses drop Heritage's record to 7-10 overall and 0-1 in the BVAL going into Friday's game at Antioch.