The 2008-09 season may have started without much fanfare for the Sultana girls soccer team, but the season gradually grew into the Lady Sultans' best ever.


"We peaked at the right time," Coach Daniel Polmounter said of his team's C.I.F.-winning season. "We lost a few games earlier in the year because we were injured and sat a few players so they could get healthy. It proved to be the right move in the long run."


On March 6 at Warren High School in Downey, the team faced Granite, which dominated the game's first half and led 1-0. But the momentum turned the second half as Sultana scored to tie the game. At the end of regulation with a score of 1-1, the teams played two 10-minute sudden death overtime periods with no additional scoring.


So the teams went into penalty kicks. Sultana's A.J. Rosales made her shot, but Granite followed with a shot of their own. Davina Zamora made Sultana's next shot, and the team's goalkeeper Chelsey Jones saved the opponent's second shot. Sultana's Britney Roberts and Megan Morgenstern made Sultana's third and fourth shots, respectively, and the game was over.


Sultana had won.


"Our team chemistry was great this year," Polmounter said. "All of the girls were friends with each other. The older kids treated the younger kids well, and the younger kids felt accepted. We had a saying, 'With all my hear I will sacrifice, for my sisters, for the team.' With this ground, the saying sums up everything."


The C.I.F. Championship Sultana Girls Soccer Team:


Lainie Bird, Brooke Droge, Hallie Moudy, Ashley Loup, Mayra Diaz, Corina Diaz, Sasha Rodriguez, Brittney Roberts, Brianna Gonzales, Alanna Araujo, Megan Baum, Brianna Johansen, Megan Morgenstern, Chelsey Jones, Davina Zamora, A.J. Rosales, Kelly Keyes, Vaitea Tahauri, Cassie Bird.


Coaches:


Danny Polmounter (head coach), Pedro Lozada, Caitlynn Humphrey.