If recent history were any indication, goals were going to be at a premium Saturday night when the Campolindo High boys soccer team hosted Hayward in a North Coast Section Division II quarterfinal match.
Instead, No. 3 Campolindo scored twice in each half to beat sixth-seeded Hayward 4-1 and advance to Wednesday's semifinals against No. 2 Ygnacio Valley. Campolindo and Hayward tied 0-0 when the two teams met Jan. 26.
The previous two times Campolindo (17-7-2) reached the semifinals -- in 2008 and 2011 -- it won the NCS title.
"This team has a lot in common with the team from the last time we won it," Campolindo coach Shane Carney said. "This team is trying to improve as the season goes along."
The Cougars scored first in the 32nd minute as Preston Kilwien capitalized on a 2-on-1 and buried a shot in the bottom left corner.
Matteo Notini's goal in the 40th minute made it 2-0. Hayward (18-5-3) got a lifeline when Anthony Gray earned a penalty kick, and Rigo Castillo buried it to cut the lead to one. But Campolindo goals by Seth Kofman and Robin Slovak put the match out of reach.
California 3, Monte Vista 1: DeVante Raynor scored two goals -- the first less than three minutes into this NCS Division I quarterfinal -- as the visiting Grizzlies beat the second-seeded Mustangs.
Less than three minutes into the contest, Raynor latched onto a nice through ball from Rob Rowenhorst and made
Roughly five minutes later, Calvin Smith made it 2-0 for No. 7 California (18-6-2) off a short lead pass from Nathan Grixti.
Any hope Monte Vista (17-4-4) had for a comeback were dashed when Raynor found an open net off a long ball from Grixti 7:45 into the second half. Michael Ha scored for Monte Vista midway through the second half.
-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent
Piedmont 1, Dublin 0: Sophomore Erin Greening scored in the 77th minute, and the visiting Highlanders upended Dublin in the NCS Division II quarterfinals.
No. 6 seeded Piedmont (16-5-2), which didn't advance past the first round last season, will face No. 2 Campolindo in Wednesday's semifinals.
No. 3 Dublin (8-9-7), which finished second in the tough 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 game 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."
-- Matt Schwab
St. Mary's 48, Salesian 40: The Panthers limited the Pride to 21 points through three quarters as St. Mary's won the Tri-County Athletic League playoff championship game at El Cerrito High.
With the victory, the Panthers (25-4) will most likely earn the No. 1 seed in Division IV when seeding for the NCS playoffs are announced Sunday.
The Panthers' Gabby Green scored a team-high 21 points, including seven in a key 9-1 run in the first four minutes of the second quarter.
St. Mary's had a 12-7 lead at the start of the second quarter, but a 3-pointer in the left corner by Green and two free throws in the first minute started the 9-1 run. Salesian (23-6) didn't get closer than six points the rest of the game.
Salesian's Mariya Moore scored a team-high 21 points, but 11 of those points were in the final four minutes of the game. The Panthers held a 37-21 lead after three quarters. Moore also had 11 rebounds.
St. Mary's Mikayla Cowling had 11 points, and eight rebounds.
-- Phil Jensen
Salesian 65, El Cerrito 51: The Pride (26-3) used a 15-4 run in the second quarter to take control and win the Tri-County Athletic League playoff championship game. Jabari Bird led a balanced Salesian scoring effort with 16 points. Anthony Sullen led host El Cerrito (20-9) with 18 points.
-- Phil Jensen