BRENTWOOD -- The Liberty High girls soccer team rode its freshman brigade to a come-from-behind 3-1 win over visiting James Logan on Wednesday night in the first round of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.
Lions freshman Devyn Gilfoy scored two goals and assisted freshman Delanie Sheehan on another to vault No. 6 seed Liberty (11-2-7) into Saturday's quarterfinals against No. 3 seed Berkeley, which beat Castro Valley 1-0.
Gilfoy credited "teamwork" for the victory.
"All-around teamwork," she said. "Without my team we wouldn't be where we are right now."
Liberty, which has five strong freshmen and a zesty attacking spirit, advanced out of the first round for the first time since 2010, having dropped opening matches in the past three years.
Diminutive freshman midfielder Lauren Sisneros was crafty with her skill and passing.
"I thought we played well," Liberty coach Tony Martins said. "Going in, I was worried about their style of play. You've got to be really disciplined defensively as far as diving in on balls and letting them turn, and playing them too tight."
The No. 11-seeded Colts (12-6-3) led 1-0 in the seventh minute on a dipping header goal by Denisse Ramirez off a long free kick by senior captain Myra Delgadillo.
But Sheehan tied it in the 16th minute, battling through a coming-out Logan goalkeeper Sonia Nichols on the dribble and tapping the ball into the empty net. Sheehan got a nice assist on a back-header from Gilfoy, who scored the go-ahead goal in the 25th minute.
Another freshmen, Robyn McCarthy, set up Gilfoy's first goal with a long throw-in into the mixer in front of the Colts goal. The Lions had two cracks at it before the ball went to Gilfoy, who hammered it home.
Gilfoy added the dagger-goal in the 57th minute, hitting a shot with her chest into the far corner off a corner kick by Rebekah McCarthy, Robyn's older sister.
Robyn McCarthy menaced the Colts throughout the match with long throws to create scoring chances.
"They were fast and they were pressuring us a lot faster than we were doing," Logan coach Tony Villasenor said of the Lions. "We were waiting for the ball a lot of times. Even though they were small, they were good."
He said Liberty's most effective weapon was the throw-ins by McCarthy.
"That killed us," he said. "We ended up giving up four or five (scoring chances) just like that, and we were not able to react to that."