Millikan Girls' Soccer

After a season of unfortunate results under the lights at home, the Millikan Rams (14-3-6, 8-1-3) moved into a tie for second place by beating the Moore League champion Wilson Bruins (13-6-2, 9-2-1) for the second time this season on Thursday night in the regular season finale.

A relatively uneventful first half was followed by Millikan pushing numbers forward in the second half. The Rams broke though in the 78th minute when Brittany Caudillo scored off of a rebound.

“This senior group has meant a lot to me on and off of the field,” Millikan coach Tino Nunez said. “It’s a special group and I’m so happy to see them get a senior night win.”

The teams combined for three shots in the first half and didn’t have a quality shot on goal until the second half. Millikan dominated possession after halftime and senior captain Madison deMetropolis nearly scored in the 45th minute during a scramble in the 18-yard box. It was cleared off of the line by the Bruin defense.

“We wanted to make sure and push early in the second half,” deMetropolis said. “That’s what cost us in the game against Poly and cost us the Moore League. It feels really good to put that behind us and have a meaningful senior night.”

Two minutes before the final whistle deMetropolis carried the ball on a long run into the Wilson end. She absorbed the contact from the defender and kept her feet long enough to put a shot on goal.

"I was just going to go thru (that contact) because I hate flopping," deMetropolis said. "And the ball hasn't been bouncing our way so I had to make sure."

Wilson goalkeeper Briana Vasquez-Ortiz came off of her line and stopped the shot with her off hand. The rebound fell to Caudillo who finished her run into the heart of the box. Her first touch stopped the bouncing ball and her second slotted it home into the empty net.

Playoff brackets will be released on Monday with first-round games scheduled for Thursday.

JJ has covered Long Beach sports for more than a decade. He's written for multiple newspapers in Southern California, produced professional event videos and won numerous awards for his writing and community service.

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