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HS Girls’ Soccer: Temecula Valley wins CIF State Regional Championship, beat Sunny Hills 1-0

Morgan Witz (20) is congratulated by Olivia Matis (10) and Eve Hoppe (11) after scoring what would be the game winning goal on a first half deflection for the Golden Bears. David Canales photo.
It has been one heck of a season for Head Coach Jennifer Guinn and the Temecula Valley girls’ soccer program. The Lady Golden Bears claimed their third title of the year Saturday, March 10, after defeating Sunny Hills 1-0 to win the CIF Division 2 Southern California State Regional championship. Just a week earlier Temecula Valley won the CIF Southern Section Division 2 title and two weeks before that they took home the Southwestern League championship.
“I’m so proud of these girls. The goals they set and the way they faced them, battling through the adversity, they set the bar high and I’m so excited to see what the future holds for this young team,” said Guinn. “These girls have created some life long memories and nobody can take anything away from them, especially after all the work they put in.”
CIF Division 2 Southern California Regional Champions. David Canales photo.
Temecula Valley entered the final game of the Regional State playoffs with a 26-6-2 record this season and kept their flawless home record intact as freshman Morgan Witz scored the lone goal of the game against Sunny Hills in the 15th minute off a deflected shot in front of the goal. The name might sound familiar, Witz was also the hero in the semifinal game scoring the penalty kick that sent the Lady Golden Bears to the championship game.
“The girls were determined to score early and were not going to let their unbeaten streak at home this season get ruined by any sort of lack of competing,” Guinn said.
Christine Goodman (9) battles to get around Sunny Hills defender Taylor DeGuzman. David Canales photo.
Temecula Valley dominated possession and scoring chances in the first half and almost had another goal in the 40th minute of play when a shot by MacKenzie Vehlow found the gloves of Sunny Hills keeper Priscilla Avila. Senior Emiliee Garrett took control in the second half and really went to work in the final 15 minutes for the Lady Golden Bears as she helped steady the defense and shut down the late Lancer attack
The Lady Golden Bears varsity soccer team. David Canales photo.
“Sunny Hills put the pressure on and we had to work for every moment of this win,” Garrett said. “We really tried to slow that game down toward the end and our confidence in each other could not be outmatched.”
The girls from Sunny Hills did fight back putting some good shots on goal, but Temecula Valley keeper Kailee Madwell was on top of her game with three huge saves for Lady Golden Bears, while Avila tallied four saves for the Lancers.
 

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