RENO — Taylor Kornieck’s second goal, a header with five minutes remaining, lifted Coronado’s girls soccer team to a 2-1 win over Douglas in a Division I state semifinal Friday at North Valleys High School.
The Cougars (19-1-2) face Arbor View (20-1-1) for the championship at 10 a.m. today.
Coronado trailed early before rallying.
“It was terrifying,” said Kornieck, who headed in Katelyn Moxley’s corner kick for the winner. “We didn’t do very good in the first half. We kind of underestimated the team, and then they scored first. Right when we scored that final goal, I was the happiest I’ve been all year.”
Alexa Moss scored to give Douglas (15-6-3) a 1-0 lead 10 minutes in, but Kornieck tied the match off a pass by Moxley a minute later.
Arbor View 7, Bishop Manogue 0 — Hannah Ferrara scored three goals and the Aggies, three-time defending Division I champions, made a statement by routing the Miners (19-4-2).
“Anytime you’re this far in the tournament, you’re playing a good team,” Arbor View coach Jay Howard said. “(Bishop Manogue is) obviously a good team. Things just kind of got behind on them when we scored a couple of goals.”
Deja Erickson scored twice and Sierra Vicente had a goal and three assists for Arbor View, which split two regular-season matches against fellow finalist Coronado. Allyssa Larkin added a goal and an assist.
Arbor View’s defense proved just as game as its offense, allowing one shot on goal. Haylee Niemann was in goal for the shutout.
“We just work hard as a team,” Aggies defenseman Melanie Ara said. “We don’t really plan to just go out there and smash teams. We just play as a team.”
Kristi Chinn made sure her fourth straight trip to the Division I-A state tournament would last another day.
Chinn scored the decisive goal with 8:45 to play, guiding Faith Lutheran to a 2-1 win over Truckee in a state semifinal at South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
The Crusaders (19-6-3) will attempt to win their first state title today, facing South Tahoe (15-2-4) at 10 a.m.
Truckee (16-7-1) played the final 26 minutes short-handed after a player received two yellow cards for arguing with officials.
With the game tied at 1, Chinn took a pass by Maggie Shuirman on the wing and cut to the middle. Her shot from 25 yards deflected off the fingertips of Truckee goalkeeper Izzy Abarno and into the top of the net.
Chinn and four fellow seniors — Kayla Murai, Lexi Neuhauser, Brenna Rohnkohl and Tierney Tomburo — have been on the squad for the Crusaders’ four consecutive state appearances. Chinn’s tiebreaker came about 12 minutes after the Wolverines had made it 1-1 by heading in a corner kick.
“Our girls played hard,” Faith Lutheran coach Steve Morrill said. “We had moments of good possession, and they did what they had to do to win.”
Megan Donnelly’s goal in the 24th minute put Faith Lutheran ahead 1-0, and they maintained that edge at halftime despite Truckee getting several quality shots and hitting the crossbar twice.
Crusaders goalkeeper Beka Lescenski made seven saves.
South Tahoe 3, Spring Valley 1 — Annie Brejc and Kenya Maltese scored in the first five minutes of the second half to lift the Vikings past the Grizzlies in the other semifinal.
Samantha Frates’ 45-yard free kick deflected in off a Spring Valley defender in the 10th minute to give South Tahoe a 1-0 lead. Spring Valley tied it five minutes later when Sahana Bojorquez knocked in Mackenzie Carcelli’s corner kick.