The AC Samoa girls are moving on in the State Cup.
The local under-15 travel team won a dramatic round-of-16 game against Academica in Turlock over the weekend, sneaking the victory on a shootout after playing out a 1-1 overtime tie.
Goalkeeper Sere Walsh stepped up big for the Humboldt club in the shootout, saving one of Academic’s PKs as well as scoring one herself.
AC Samoa won the shootout 3-1.
After a scoreless regulation, the game went to double overtime, with Zoe McNicki giving AC Samoa the lead on a direct free kick two minutes from time.
Academica, however, answered almost immediately, tying the game with the final kick of the game to force the shootout.
Kyla Bermann captained AC Samoa, which will play the State Cup quarterfinal in Davis on April 27.
The AC Samoa girls also played a 2-2 tie the day before against Newark.
McNicki scored three goals on the weekend.
Ray Hamill writes at humboldtsports.com, where you can read lots more about sports in Humboldt County.