After the Patriots at this stage last year, this was the first playoff win for sixth-seeded Heritage in its brief varsity history.
The goal was Griggs’ second of the game, the first coming shortly before the final whistle of regulation. Both were assisted by sophomore forward Jamie Barron.
“Mikayla was determined not to lose,” Patriots head coach Randy James said. “She wanted to win and that’s the best way to put it.”
Berkeley led 1-0 at halftime on the strength of a goal by freshman Farah Otero-Amad.
Heritage will face No. 3 seed Castro Valley, from the Hayward Area Athletic League, at home on Saturday.
“We haven’t played Castro Valley this year, so we’re focused on getting ourselves focused the best we can,” James said. “We expect a very big challenge for the girls and I think we’re up for it.”
Clayton Valley 2, Liberty 1
Seventh-seeded Liberty, the Bay Valley Athletic League runner-up, suffered a 2-1 loss to Diablo Valley Athletic League foe Clayton Valley, the No. 10 seed in the tournament. The Eagles advance to face San Ramon Valley on Saturday.
Monte Vista 3, Freedom 1
Freedom’s season ended on Wednesday night in a 3-1 loss to Monte Vista in the first round of the NCS playoffs.
The Mustangs held a 2-0 lead at halftime, with goals by senior Jamie O’Donnell and freshman Melissa Lewis. Senior Sami Schrakamp scored a third goal for Monte Vista at the 52-minute mark. Junior midfielder Catherine Carter scored the lone Falcons goal at 62 minutes. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Deno was credited with 12 saves.
Richmond 1, Deer Valley 0
BVAL champion Deer Valley saw its impressive season come to an end Wednesday night with a 1-0 loss to No. 14 seed Richmond in the first round of the playoffs.
The Wolverines, seeded third, went 12-2-6 in the regular season.
Berkeley 5, Pittsburg 2
Pittsburg was no match for Berkeley’s offense on Wednesday night, as the Pirates fell to the Yellowjackets 5-2 in the NCS playoffs’ first round. Berkeley faces undefeated top seed California on Saturday.