The Murrieta Valley Nighthawks played their final home game of the season Saturday as they defeated the Agoura Chargers in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Playoffs 11-7. Murrieta Valley advances to the Semifinals and will face the winner of the El Toro-Santa Margarita game at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine on Wednesday February 26 at 6:30pm.
As the Nighthawks move deeper into the CIF Playoffs, the competition has intensified. Gone are the double digit blowouts that Murrieta Valley has enjoyed on their way to the Southwestern league Championship. Agoura proved to be a tough opponent as the Nighthawks focus on winning CIF.
Murrieta Valley took an early 5-1 lead in the first period as Delayne Lynton and Paige Virgil scored twice apiece. Kayla Fedler also scored in that pivotal first frame. Virgil would score two more goals and Kelley Guerts once in the second period. The Nighthawks led 8-3 at the half.
Maddie Sanchez and Fedler scored in the third period as the Nighthawks extended their lead to 10-6. Allie Coleman scored the final goal for Murrieta Valley in the final period as the Nighthawks clinched a berth to the semifinals with the 11-7 victory.
Lauren Rothermel, Danielle Stane and Aley Vichez each scored two goals apiece against the Nighthawks. Emily Spaeter also scores a goal for the Chargers.
Abbie Govia and Presley Svendsen were in goal for Murrieta Valley.