Lady Knights Finish Unexpected Run, Take Home Valley Championship
February 28, 2017 • 121 views
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The Bullard girls soccer team defied long odds by beating Clovis North, 1-0, in the Valley championship game Saturday.
As the seventh seed in the playoffs, Bullard had to beat Central, second-seeded Buchanan, Clovis East, then Clovis North during a sold-out away game.
Underclassmen made the difference for the Knights, who figure to return to the spotlight during the next couple of years. Freshman Jordyne Puentes scored the game’s only goal in the 80th minute of the contest off a free kick by freshman Bailey Arreola.
Puentes came off the bench just 10 minutes earlier, hoping she could contribute. Soon enough, her chance came.
“I knew I had to put it in, so I decided to play it simple,” she said. “It was amazing, amazing I had the chance. It was actually my goal coming into the game.”
She did the same in the opening round of the playoffs, scoring an overtime goal in the Knights’ win against Central.
Coming in as the seventh seed, Bullard obviously faced an uphill climb. Puentes said the Knights knew they were better than that.
“We couldn’t believe we were that low; we felt disrespected,” she said. “We knew we had to prove them wrong.”
And prove them wrong they did. As the Broncos’ last shot was saved by keeper Samantha Goodrich (it was her seventh shutout of the season), the final whistle blew, giving the Knights their fourth section championship in school history and first since the state championship run of 2011.
The girls advance to the Southern California regional. They will compete for their own state championship starting March 8. They will learn their opponent this weekend.