Ninfa Ramirez kicked number five-seed San Diego Miramar past number four-seed Lady Cougars.
Ramirez converted a controversial penalty kick in the 51st minute for the only score of the game.
“It was a very questionable call especially considering it’s the second round of the playoffs” said Cougars head coach Justin Lunden.
Both teams’ keepers played a large role in the game. Miramar’s keeper Stephanie Carlson stopped all six shots she faced including several quality scoring chances. COC’s keeper Katherine Koury made a crucial save in the 78th minute when she saved Paulina Salazar’s shot to keep the cougars down by one.
Miramar will travel to play the number one-seed Cerritos.
This loss marks the third straight loss for the Lady Cougars in the second round.
“Hopefully the girls will realize that there was a little bit of injustice today with the penalty kick that was called and it’s not sitting to well with them so hopefully that will be a little bit of fire for the freshman so when we come out next year to prepare they will be looking toward this game,” Lunden said.
The Lady Cougars finish the season 17-2-4 and the sophomores finish their career at COC with a record of 33-2-9.