After two regular-season matches and 100 minutes Saturday, the Archbishop Mitty and Valley Christian girls soccer teams had settled nothing.
They split their two West Catholic Athletic League matches and were tied after 80 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods in their Central Coast Section Division II quarterfinal at Valley Christian.
The teams went to penalty kicks, and Mitty prevailed. The Monarchs won 4-1 on PKs after the teams played to a scoreless tie.
Mitty advances to play Branham, a 2-1 overtime winner over Aptos, in the semifinals Wednesday at Valley Christian.
Valley Christian, which won the WCAL round-robin championship, saw its season end in heartbreaking fashion.
"It's just two evenly matched teams that play a real similar style," Mitty coach J.T. Hanley said. "A couple of bounces of the ball either way could have determined the game in play. They were unlucky not to score on one of their chances. We hit the post."
In the penalty-kick round, Mitty shot first, and Danielle Sanchez booted the ball into the right corner of the net. Valley Christian's Hannah Pereira evened the score, but the Warriors missed their next two shots as the teams traded turns kicking.
Amaya Zabalza's shot clinched the victory and ignited a celebration for the team in black. Mitty also won its previous game, over Los Altos, on PKs.
"All we were trying to do was win and advance," Hanley said. "So two penalty-kick wins, I'll take it to get to the semifinal with a chance of trying to win another championship."
Palo Alto 1, Alisal 1 (Palo Alto wins 4-1 on PKs): Palo Alto tied the score in the 72nd minute when Alison Lu got the ball on the far right corner, dribbled past the defense and fired a shot that deflected off the goalkeeper.
Katie Foug alertly kicked the ball in, sending the Division I quarterfinal at Valley Christian into overtime and then a penalty-kick round that decided the outcome.
Lu did not get an official assist on the tying goal, but she created the opportunity to even the score.
"Alison Lu did a great job of freeing herself from two defenders and coming down the line," coach Kurt Devlin said.
Palo Alto was ready for the penalty-kick session.
"The girls were ready today," Devlin said. "We practiced all week. We were organized this time, for once, and it paid off."
Palo Alto will play Los Gatos in the semifinals Wednesday at Westmont.
Los Gatos 2, Alvarez 0: McKenzie Flood scored both goals for the third-seeded Wildcats in the Division I quarterfinal at Pioneer High.
Homestead 2, Alvarez 1: Eli Berman and Guy Rotstein scored second-half goals as Homestead rallied to beat No. 3 seed Alvarez at Rabobank Stadium in Salinas. Jesus Martinez-Diaz assisted on both goals.
The Mustangs will face Bellarmine College Prep in the Division I semifinals Wednesday at Pioneer.
Bellarmine 2, Menlo-Atherton 1: Austin Chun scored two second-half goals to propel second-seeded Bellarmine to a Division I quarterfinal victory at Milpitas High.
Serra 4, Willow Glen 2: Nick Schnabel scored two goals to lead third-seeded Serra to a win on a day when the top two seeds in the Division II bracket, Mitty and Los Gatos, lost.
Leigh defeated No. 2 seed Mitty 0-0 (4-3 on PKs), and Overfelt upset top-seed Los Gatos 2-1.