CIF Division V Wildcard Game: Arlington Girls Soccer, 1-0, Jurupa Valley on Tuesday, 2/13, at 5 p.m.
RIVERSIDE >> Persistence is finally paying off for Arlington’s girls soccer team.
Senior Jennifer Medina forced in the game’s only goal as the Lions earned their first playoff victory in six seasons with a 1-0 shutout of Jurupa Valley on Tuesday evening in a CIF-Southern Section Division 5 wild-card round playoff game. “We keep working and that’s how we got here,” Arlington head coach Lupe Moreno said. “We just have to stay focused and keep our eyes on the prize.” Medina was in the middle of nearly every attack for Arlington (15-7-5 overall), which moves on to play at Hemet in a first-round game on Thursday. “Right now I feel like we’re connecting and working as a team, working hard and communicating, and that’s important,” Medina said. Placing third behind Riverside Poly (9-0-1) and Valley View (6-2-2) in the Inland Valley League, Arlington (5-2-3) was able to stay composed and earn its first playoff victory since 2012. “The feeling to move on is just exciting,” Medina said. “This means a lot. This group has never won a CIF playoff game.” Uncommitted but with an official visit to La Sierra University in the works, Medina put the last touch on a cross in from Kieren Ritter to give the Lions the lead in the 55th minute. “I tried to control it but I got a bad touch,” Medina said. “I kept going for the ball, though, and then I touched it in.” The Lions totaled five shots on goal in the second half and seven overall. Goalkeeper Megan Keck had two saves. Jennifer Silva had a couple of late opportunities to equalize, but sophomore-heavy Jurupa Valley (5-10-7) finished its season with losses in three of its last five games. “We had our chances but we couldn’t seem to get into the back of the net,” Jurupa Valley head coach Carlos Silva said. “We got a young core and I think going to build off this.” The fourth-place team from the River Valley League, Jurupa Valley had made three playoff appearances under Silva.