By Gideon Rubin
For a second straight week, Cathedral Catholic trailed late in the second half. And for a second straight week, the Dons came from behind to win.
Timothy Semenza kicked a late field goal to lead the Dons to an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over local rival Torrey Pines in a nonleague game on Sept. 12.
Semenza’s 21-yarder came with just 3:28 left in the game. Semenza also kicked a 41-yarder in the second quarter that broke a scoreless tie.
The Falcons took a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter when quarterback Sandy Plashkes broke away for the game’s only touchdown.
But Cathedral Catholic closed to within 7-5 midway through the fourth quarter on a safety, setting up Semenza’s game-winning kick minutes later.
The Dons won for a second straight week as they improved their overall record for the season to 2-1.
They were coming off a 28-21 Week 2 victory over Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (Ventura County) in which they trailed 21-14 late in the third quarter.
Torrey Pines fell to 0-3 overall for the season.
La Costa Canyon overcame a late deficit as the Mavericks scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat Hoover 21-9 in a nonleague game on Sept. 12.
The Mavericks trailed 9-7 in the fourth quarter when Duke Mackle led the comeback, scoring on rushing plays from six and 11 yards out.
The Mavericks jumped out to a quick 7-0 in the first quarter when Cade Jackson scored on a 3-yard run.
But Hoover got back into the game in the second quarter, scoring on a safety and a passing touchdown to take a 9-7 lead into the intermission.
The Mavericks won for a second straight week as they improved their overall record for the season to 2-1.
Santa Fe Christian lost to Carlsbad 35-7 in a nonleague game on Sept. 12.
The Eagles’ only score came in the third quarter, when Matthew McRoskey completed a 54-yard scoring pass to Caleb Phillips.
Reece Walker rushed for 50 yards on four carries and Benton Weeks gained 29 rushing yards on 11 carries.
Sam Ray led the Eagles defensively with eight tackles and Phillips and Connor Rice each contributed six tackles.
Kyle Burns contributed two sacks.
The Eagles fell to 0-3 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic defeated a plucky Santa Fe Christian team 3-2 (25-18, 25-19, 24-26, 24-26, 15-11) in a nonleague match on Sept. 10.
Lauren Woodard had 23 kills to lead the Dons and Cali Bunn and Madison Linxwiler added 12 and 10 kills, respectively.
Dons setter Jeni Clark had 43 assists.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 2-0.
San Dieguito Academy rallied from an early deficit to defeat Carlsbad 3-1 in a nonleague match on Sept. 9.
The Mustangs lost the first game but went on to win the next three on their way to a the 14-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24 victory.
Emily Kimball and Karina Langli each had eight kills to lead the Mustangs and Kiahna Holmen added seven kills.
SDA setters Lindsey King and Megan Scherer contributed 21 and 16 assists, respectively.
The Mustangs improved their overall record for the season to 9-1.
Cathedral Catholic’s unbeaten run to start the season ended with a 3-0 loss to Newport Harbor in the semifinals of the Otay Ranch tournament on Sept. 13.
The Dons were coming off a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Mira Mesa earlier in the day.
Dons goalie Kate Miller had 13 saves in the Newport Harbor game.
Kate Bieraugel scored the game’s only goal against Mira Mesa.
Miller made sure the goal held up as she stopped eight shots.
Earlier in the week, Peyton Mowery and Shannon Link each scored one goal to lead the Dons in a 2-1 nonleague victory over La Jolla on Sept. 11, and Mowery scored three goals to power the Dons to a 5-0 thrashing of Poway in a nonleague game two days earlier.
Miller had 11 saves in the La Jolla game and two against Poway.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 5-1-1.
Canyon Crest Academy lost to San Pasqual 2-0 in the semifinals of the Otay Ranch tournament on Sept. 13.
The Ravens defeated El Capitan 5-0 in a tournament quarterfinal game earlier in the day.
Kragen Metz scored two goals to lead the Ravens in the El Capitan game and Allie Ma, Ashley Levinson and Arielle Shahrabani each added one goal.
Ravens goalies Miranda Rafner and Madi McIntyre combined for the shutout.
The Ravens improved their overall record for the season to 5-2.
Torrey Pines lost to Scripps Ranch 5-2 in a nonleague game on Sept. 12.
The Falcons were coming off a 2-1 nonleague victory over Vista three days earlier.
Danielle Jackel and Claire Young each scored one goal to lead the Falcons in the Scripps Ranch game and Alayna Tomlinson and Danielle Jackel and each contributed one assist.
Tomlinson and Samantha Cirino each scored one goal to lead the Falcons in the Vista game.
Jackel and Shannon Yogerst each contributed one assist.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 2-2.