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Tsunami girls win state cup title in last second

The Petaluma United under-13 Tsunami girls soccer team won the NorCal State Cup (Diamond Division) in a dramatic come-from-behind fashion, scoring two goals in the final two minutes to shock the Dublin United Strikers, 3-2.

Petaluma trailed the entire game, scoring on a free kick with no time remaining to win the championship. Zoe Stapp tied the game 1-1 in the first half when she received a through-ball from Gizela Carranza and fired it into the net. Down, 2-1, with two minutes left in the game, Carranza squirted through Dublin's back line and shot past the goalkeeper to tie it, 2-2. With no time left on the clock, Samantha Dedrickson was fouled just outside the 18. Carranza drilled the free kick into the top of the net over the goalkeeper to win the game, 3-2, and the State Cup title.

In the quarterfinals, Petaluma beat the Alpine Strikers 4-0, with breakaway goals from Lauryn Langston and Anna Demma, a header by Payton Draper and a sliding goal by Megan Hanley off corner kicks. Petaluma's back line of Hanley, Delia Reif, Nicolette Starke, Lauren Doran, Hannah Bauer and Emily Armas kept Alpine away from the goal.

In the semifinal game against West Coast SC Wrath, Petaluma jumped ahead 2-0 on a breakaway from Langston and a tap in by Kelley Tillman off a corner kick. The midfield of Dedrickson, Riley Leimbach and Aubrey Babala connected countless passes to maintain possession and controlled the game. With 10 minutes left, West Coast scored on a breakaway to cut the lead in half. They kept attacking, but again it was Petaluma's defense that held, with GK Samantha Schaefer making several saves to preserve the 2-1 win. The victory set the stage for the State Cup championship game and the wild 3-2 finale.


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