In the case of sophomore forward Tiffany Torres, it was all about taking her game to new heights.
The two-year veteran would assist or score on three consecutive goals to power the host Polar Bears to a 6-0 victory over Bernstein of Hollywood in the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division III quarterfinals at Daniels Field. Torres would score two goals, and assist on junior forward Samantha Foxworthy's game-opening goal.
Junior goalie Nicole Sierra didn't face a shot on goal to get the shutout for the third-seeded Polar Bears (17-5-1 overall), who have now won ten games in a row.
It didn't take long for Torres to make her presence known.
First, she blasts a high cross pass that set up a perfect header opportunity for Foxworthy to power through for a 1-0 POLA lead, then later on Torres would score off an assist from Foxworthy where she used her uncanny flexibility while adjusting in midair to blast in Foxworthy's cross pass for a 2-0 Polar Bears advantage that held up before the intermission.
Kicking off the second half in stride, Torres would score again off her own header from a perfect feed by sophomore midfielder Isabela Van Antwerp, who would later score off a breakaway to quickly push POLA's lead up to 4-0 before the Dragons (9-8-2) could even blink. Senior midfielder Alyssa Bristol would power through a goal at point blank range off Van Antwerp's second assist to extend the lead even further.
Finally, senior forward Nikki Bonilla, who had an earlier goal wiped out due to a mischievous off-sides call, would be vindicated later with an easy goal after a perfect feed from Bristol to polish off the victory for the Polar Bears, who will travel to face second-seeded Fulton College Prep of Van Nuys in Thursday's semifinal round.
The Polar Bears defeated Fulton College Prep, 2-0 in last year's semifinals at Daniels Field.