Freedom girls soccer advance to NCS quarterfinals after Romero game-winner in extra time

OAKLEY – Freedom freshman defender Mariann Romero has made several highlight-worthy goals off free kicks. However, she’ll never forget her latest highlight from Wednesday night’s 2-1 North Coast Section playoff opening win for eighth-seed Freedom against ninth-seed Foothill.

In the final minutes of the first half of extra time, Romero lined up her free kick following a foul that fellow freshman forward Eliana Lawrence drew after getting tackled on the sideline. Instead of playing the ball into the box where she had teammates waiting for her cross, she decided to go for goal, nailing a teardrop of a shot toward the back post, over the head of Foothill junior goalkeeper Jillian Barth.

“Usually I don’t take those kicks,” Romero said. “(Head coach Matt Oliveri) said’oh, go take the kick. I was just shocked.”


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