For the second time in three years, San Pedro High girls soccer was eliminated in the first round of the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I playoffs, as they were upset by Birmingham of Lake Balboa, 1-0 at San Pedro High.
Senior forward Vanessa Aguilar's long-range goal off a pass from freshman Hailey Pohevitz in the fourth minute was all the No.12 Patriots (9-8-6 overall) needed, as sophomore goalie Karina Aguilar's seven saves would be vital in shutting out the fifth-seeded Pirates (11-8-3), who had a 3-3 tie with Birmingham in a nonleague game back on December 12.
Karina Aguilar's final save was not without controversy.
With San Pedro poised to tie in the final minute, a foul led to a free kick attempt for senior forward Joanna Perone, who nailed it from 15 yards away. Karina Aguilar narrowly tipped the ball into the goal, but the ball never touched the net in an odd sequence, allowing play to continue... and eventually Birmingham to hold on for the upset.
Freshman goalie Taylor Miller got four saves for San Pedro, who still won their eighth consecutive Marine League championship this season.
Birmingham will host No.13 Chatsworth, who upset fourth-seeded Palisades, 2-1, in Tuesday's quarterfinal round.