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High School Roundup:

Eagles’ Brown rises

Her first action comes in penalty-kick shootout and she makes it count in win over Flintridge Prep.

February 19, 2010

GLENDALE — Christy Brown never played for the Estancia High girls’ soccer team in regulation and in overtime Friday, but the sophomore clinched the Eagles’ first-round CIF Southern Section Division III playoff match by converting a penalty kick during a shootout.

The Eagles defeated Flintridge Prep, 4-2, on PKs, after the teams had tied, 0-0, in regulation.

“It was straight out of a movie,” said second-year coach Jessica Gatica, who for the second straight season guided the Eagles past the first round.

Estancia (11-7-4) advances to the second round and will play at home Wednesday against top-seeded Santiago of Corona.

Seniors Nushin Tasbihchi and Jillian Beck and sophomore Heather Flores each converted penalty kicks for Estancia.

Goalkeeper Ally Wallace made six saves for the Eagles. Gatica said Flintridge Prep of La Canada missed its final two penalty kicks.

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Estancia came out shooting early, taking four shots on goal in the first six minutes, but eventually settled into a defensive mentality, dropping back a horde of defenders on every Rebels’ possession.

“First half, I thought it was an even game, second half I thought we had the better of them,” Rebels Coach Esteban Chavez said. “That doesn’t matter, but we got into a rhythm going into overtime and I thought it was better for us going into overtime than for them because they had to hold us for another 20 minutes.”

— Gabriel Rizk contributed to this report

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Malibu 58, Costa Mesa 57

COSTA MESA — The Mustangs were edged in the CIF Southern Section Division IV-A first-round game Thursday night.

Costa Mesa ended its season at 14-13.

Malibu is 12-11.


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