Alverno Heights Academy Defeats California Academy of Math and Science 1-0

The Jaguars score in overtime to advance to CIF Southern Section Quarterfinals

Published : Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 6:31 PM

The Jaguars celebrate the victory

The Alverno Jaguars hosted the California Academy of Math and Science Rebels in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 7 Playoffs. After a scoreless draw in regulation time, the Jaguars won in overtime 1-0.

Senior defender Nicole Lianto (6) shields the ball

The Jaguars’ first offensive threat came in the 26th minute when team co-captain senior defender Nicole Lianto ‘17 (6) passed to sophomore midfielder Beatriz Rivas ‘19 (16). Rivas connected with junior midfielder Jazmin Rebollo ‘18 (19), but the cross to co-captain senior forward Britni Delgado ‘17 (11) was intercepted by a charging Rebels goalkeeper.

Junior midfielder Jazmin Rebollo (19) dribbles the ball

In the 37th minute, Rebollo ‘18 passed to Delgado ‘17 in the corner who connected with Rivas ‘19 in the penalty box, but Rivas’s shot was saved by the diving goalkeeper. In stoppage time, Delgado ‘17 received a throw-in from freshman defender Cassie Lianto ‘20 (10) and connected with Rebollo ‘18, but Rebollo’s shot was saved by the goalkeeper.

Freshman defender Cassie Lianto (10) dribbles past an opponent

The Jaguars attack continued into the second half. In the 58th minute, Rebollo ‘18 took a pass from Cassie Lianto ‘20 and connected with junior forward Natalie Scigliano ‘18 (5). Scigliano ’18 found Rivas ‘18 making a run, but Rivas’s shot was saved by the leaping goalkeeper. In the 64th minute, Rivas received a throw-in from sophomore defender Elisia Bendy ‘19 (2) and passed to Nicole Lianto ‘17. Lianto’s through-ball to Rebollo ‘18 in the penalty box was intercepted by the Rebels goalkeeper.

Sophomore Megan Cavender (22) defends against an opponent

In the 66th minute, Delgado passed back to sophomore midfielder Megan Cavender ‘19 (22) whose shot from outside the penalty box was saved by the goalkeeper. In the 75th minute, Rivas ’18 also tried a shot from distance that was saved by the goalkeeper.

Junior defender Nikki Oberhammer (17) controls the ball in the middle

The impenetrable Jaguars defense consisting of Nicole Lianto ‘17, junior Nikki Oberhammer ‘18 (17), Bendy ‘19, Cassie Lianto ‘20, and junior goalkeeper Ayanna Melin ‘18 (1) held the Rebels to only 1 shot on goal and allowed no corner kicks. The teams were in a scoreless stalemate after regulation.

Sophomore midfielder Beatriz Rivas (16) dribbles upfield

In the 7th minute of overtime, the Rebels were called for a handball. Rebollo’s free kick was deflected by a Rebels player for an own goal.

Sophomore defender Elisia Bendy (2) leaps to the ball

The Jaguars advance to the quarterfinal round to face Rancho Mirage High School on Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Rancho Mirage campus.

Junior goalkeeper Ayanna Melin (1) comes out to make a stop

Senior midfielder Larissa Hernandez (21) makes a pass

About Alverno Heights Academy

Alverno Heights Academy is an all-girls, independent, progressive Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to its mission of empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. Located on the property of the former Barlow Estate in Sierra Madre, California, Alverno Heights Academy was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Francis who sought to create an environment in the San Gabriel Valley where young women could become informed and knowledgeable persons. Later renamed Alverno High School and sponsored by the Immaculate Heart Community, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—has been shaped by the staff, trustees, and students. As Alverno Heights Academy once again, the school remains committed to its mission by encouraging each of their young women to be who they imagine. For more information about Alverno Heights Academy, please visit

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