With a goal by sophomore Erin Greening in the 77th minute, the visiting Piedmont High girls soccer team upended Dublin 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section Division II playoffs on Feb. 16
The sixth-seeded Highlanders, which didn't advance past the first round last season, faced No. 2 seed Campolindo in the semifinals on Feb. 20. Results of that match were not available at press time.
No. 3 Dublin, which finished second in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League, controlled much of the first half, but the Highlanders turned it up a notch in the second.
The Gaels nearly equalized the score in the 79th minute, but hustling freshman Xenia Perea's shot from point-blank range went about a foot wide.
On her winning goal, Greening found some space on the right and ripped a low 20-yard shot past goalkeeper Alexandra Brown into the near corner.
"I wasn't expecting it," Greening said. "I saw an opening, and I just took it and it went in."
"Fantastic," Piedmont coach Dan Chubbok said of his team's effort. "The first half was a bit of a struggle. We knew they were going to be physical. We knew they were going to be direct. Like I said to the girls, 'We need to make sure we play our game because that's how we're going to beat them.'"
Dublin started aggressively and stymied the Highlanders in the first 40 minutes, but Piedmont stayed calm and began to find seams with better passing.
Second-year Dublin coach
"I'm very proud of this team, very proud of the effort they put in," he said.
Oakland Tech 2, Skyline 0: The host Bulldogs clinched their second straight Oakland Athletic League title, scoring twice in a three-minute span midway through the second half on Feb. 15.
Oakland Tech (7-3-2, 7-0-1 OAL) had been building up play nicely after an even first half and finally got on the board when Onah Power put away a penalty kick in the 61st minute.
"It felt like a goal was coming because we had been playing well and getting some chances," Power said. "We knew eventually it would come, but we had to stay patient."
Zachary Spindle scored in the 64th minute to put the game away. Skyline (5-1-1 OAL) had played well up to that point.
Spindle's goal came after a throw-in from Carlos Chavarria as Spindle used a soft touch to bring the ball down, turn and shoot.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent
Bishop O'Dowd 68, Castro Valley 65: In a jaw-dropping performance, the Dragons' Ivan Rabb scored 40 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked 10 shots in the narrow victory on Feb. 15. He connected on his last nine shots from the field