The Amador Valley High boys soccer team entered Thursday night tied for third place in the East Bay Athletic League, six points behind leader Monte Vista.

Though the Dons had no control over what the front-running Mustangs did, they edged closer to second-place De La Salle with a 2-1 home win over the Spartans.

It was Amador Valley's second win this season over the five-time defending North Coast Section champions. Before this season, the Dons had only one win against the Spartans in school history.

"This was huge," Dons coach Scott Berglin said. "This pushes us towards one of our season's goals, which is a shot at winning the EBAL title and on to NCS."

The win was big in the context of the NCS Division I playoff picture, as league finish and head-to-head results are heavily considered by the committee for postseason seeding.

The Dons scored early as Tyler Pangia easily footed a Pierre Marie cross into the box in the ninth minute.

Amador Valley (14-3-2, 6-3-1 EBAL) was on the front foot for much of the first half, but De La Salle (9-6-3, 7-3) turned the tide to start the second half.

The Dons, though, withstood that storm and countered with a Danny O'Lenic goal in the 55th minute to give them some insurance.

The Spartans continued to dominate possession after the score and got a 74th-minute goal from Val Huerta. But they couldn't get the equalizer.

Girls soccer

San Ramon Valley 2, California 1: Melissa Lewis scored twice to keep the Wolves' unbeaten streak alive. Both of the senior's goals came in the second half. She scored in the 52nd and 69th minutes. Morgan McGarry provided both assists for San Ramon Valley (13-0-5, 7-0-3 EBAL).

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Clayton Valley Charter 4, Ygnacio Valley 3: Kimi Dennis netted the game-winning goal in the 78th minute to keep the Eagles (9-8, 7-2) in second place in the Diablo Valley Athletic League. Clayton Valley Charter never trailed but looked like it might have to settle for a tie with the Warriors until Dennis' late goal.

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Heritage 2, Liberty 2: Nicole Ulricksen scored in the 78th minute to help the Lions (9-2-4, 5-1), who are in first place in the Bay Valley Athletic League, salvage a tie against the Patriots (9-7-2, 3-1-2).

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