Sacred Heart Prep grad and Menlo Park resident Abby Dahlkemper and her UCLA teammates have advanced to the NCAA College Cup in women's soccer for the ninth time in program history following a 1-0 double-overtime win over No. 1 seed North Carolina.
The victory was UCLA's first-ever against the 21-time and reigning NCAA champion Tar Heels, who had eliminated the Bruins from the NCAA Tournament in four previous years.
First-year UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell, however, has orchestrated North Carolina's elimination in two of the past three years, having coached Central Florida to a Round of 16 win over the Tar Heels in 2011 and now the Bruins to a quarterfinal win in 2013.
Saturday's match was closely contested, with each team totaling 11 shots. The Bruins (21-1-1) had eight of their 11 shots on goal, forcing UNC goalkeeper Anna Sieloff into a career-high seven saves. Bruin goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland had four saves to earn her school-record 14th shutout of the season.
Dahlkemper, who on Tuesday was named to the First Team on the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's All-Pacific Region squad, has played the second-most minutes (1,987) of any of the Bruins this season while starting 22 of 23 matches. She was part of UCLA's standout defensive effort that ranks No. 1 in the nation. The Bruins allowed just four shots on goal.
UCLA, which successfully broke up the No. 1-seed and All-ACC party, will face Virginia in the semifinals on Friday in Cary, N.C.
The Palo Alto Lightning had 13 athletes qualify for the National Junior Olympics following Sunday's Region 14 JO's in Fresno.
The national championships will be Dec. 14 in San Antonio, Texas.
Advancing to the nationals will be Aashai Avadhani (13/14) Palo Alto, Meskerem Baike (8 & under) Mt. View, Elliot Clark (13/14) Palo Alto, Samuel Craig (13/14) Palo Alto, Reed Foster (13/14) Palo Alto, Shoshana Gevelber (9/10) Palo Alto, Priya Gupta (8 & under) Palo Alto, Owen MacKenzie 11/12) Los Altos Hills, Julian Montoya (9/10) Menlo Park, Karim Nasr (8 & under) Atherton, Tarek Nasr (13/14), Atherton, Alex Selwyn (9/10) Palo Alto, and Amelia Vinton (9/10) Palo Alto.
Palo Alto High grad Steve Gargiulo, a senior defensive end, is one of 19 players from the University of San Diego to be named by PFL coaches as all-league selections.
Gargiulo led the team in tackles for loss (14) and sacks (8.5) and forced two fumbles. He was named to the First Team.
Menlo School senior Kristy Jorgensen has signed a National Letter of Intent with UC Davis, as announced by Aggies' head coach Bill Maze. Jorgensen joins Lani-Rae Green and Jessie Lee as the newest members of the program, all three will begin competing for the Aggies next fall.
This past summer, Jorgensen and her doubles partner, A.J. Gomer of Laguna Niguel, advanced to the doubles final of the USTA Regionals before narrowly falling to the event's No. 1 seed.