As time ticked down, it looked as if penalty kicks would decide the winner between the Palos Verdes and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks girls soccer teams on Tuesday.
That was, until junior forward Elena Wingard stepped up.
After a missed clearance by a Notre Dame defender, Wingard got to the ball and scored the winning goal to give the Sea Kings (8-3-1) a 1-0 win in the South Holiday Tournament at South Torrance High.
Alyssa Padron was credited with the assist.
“It was a tightly contested game,” PV assistant coach Ollie Walsh said. “Very interesting game, lots of tactical decisions that were changed for both teams, but we had to ride our luck a little bit, and the ball fell nicely in the last minute.”
The Sea Kings will face Culver City in the semifinals on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at South Torrance High. Culver City defeated Ventura 1-0, Monday in one of the quarterfinals.
Neither team produced much in the terms of serious offensive chances in the first half, sending the game into halftime scoreless.
The Sea Kings scored 10 goals in their two games to start the tournament on Saturday.
“We’re a very young team,” Walsh said. “We only have four seniors and we’re really excited for the future of this team, and the more that they play together, the better they will become.”
Morgan Izuno recorded five saves for PV.
The win moves PV within one of last year’s total.
“We’re super excited, they’re working really hard and their attitude and their commitment level is great,” Walsh said. “The team morale is second to none … we’re really excited as coaches, and I think the girls are excited about what they achieve.
“This group that we have now, they’ve gone all the way through, they were on the same JV team for a couple of years and now they’re all together here, so I just think the team morale is a little bit better.”