NCS boys soccer: Maria Carrillo beats Terra Linda


The top-seeded Maria Carrillo boys’ soccer team relied on a methodical offensive effort and solid goalkeeping in a 2-0 win over visiting No.4 seed Terra Linda on Wednesday night in an NCS Division 1 playoffs semifinal.

“We played very well,” coach Mike Mastin said of the Pumas (22-0-2). “Terra Linda is an extremely good team and they put us under a lot of pressure. We were able to withstand their attack and get a shutout.”

The victory advances the NBL champion Pumas to the NCS Division 1 title game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Santa Rosa High against No. 2 seed Tamalpias. The Marin County school is one of two teams the Pumas did not defeat this season. They tied 1-1 in a preaseason match.

“Style-wise we are similar teams to each other,” Mastin said of the match-up with Tamalpias. “Not only are we playing our best soccer of the season but our effort is unmatched to anything else we have had all year.”

The Pumas took the lead in the 28th minute on a 6-yard kick by Dontae Garcia with an assist by Jayson Chang. Garcia outraced Tamalpias defenders to a loose ball shot by Chang and deflected by the Tamalpias goalie.

“The first goal felt good,” Mastin said. “You don’t want to give a team like Tamalpias any momentum because they are extremely dangerous.”

The Pumas got an insurance goal by Darian Huerta in the 77th minute.

Teammate Cesar Farias started a counter-attack and passed a ball over the top to a streaking Huerta near the midfield line.
Huerta raced down the field and launched a 12-yard shot past the diving Tamalpias goalie.

Maria Carrillo goalie Erik Nunn rose to the occasion with a clean-sheet between the posts.

Nunn had eight saves, including two outstanding stops of well-placed Tamalpias shots.