BERKELEY -- The San Ramon Valley boys soccer team topped host Berkeley 1-0 in the North Coast Section Division I quarterfinals on Saturday, avenging a loss to the Yellowjackets in early December.
"We have 20 games under our belt and have grown as a team since then," San Ramon Valley coach Don Busboom said. "We came in with a particular game plan for our work on the defensive end and our attack and I'm so proud of our guys for executing it."
The fifth-seeded Wolves (17-7-1) scored in the 43rd minute, then held off a furious charge from the No. 4 Yellowjackets (20-2-3) in order to advance to the semifinals for the third consecutive season.
The goal came from John Wayland just after halftime, as San Ramon Valley was threatening inside the Berkeley penalty area, and Wayland was able to boot home a failed clearance for what turned out to be the winning goal.
The Yellowjackets, who use a lot of possession to build up play, had great moments in the first half, and in the last 15 minutes, but every opportunity by the home team seemed to be challenged by a group of Wolves defenders.