A year ago, Alyssa McDonald watched from the bench as the Ventura College women's soccer team's playoff run came to an abrupt end.
This season, McDonald extended the Pirates postseason.
McDonald scored in the 103th minute as the Ventura College women's soccer team won twice in a postseason for the first time in its 14-year history with a 4-3 extra-time win over visiting Santa Monica College in the Southern California regional semifinals Tuesday night at the VC Sportsplex.
"We made history at Ventura College this year," McDonald, said, "We made it past the second round and we're going to go all the way this year."
After Ventura College missed two golden scoring opportunities midway through the first period of extra time, McDonald, who missed the 2008 postseason with a broken foot, took a pass just inside the penalty area, turned her defender around and slid a powerful low strike just beyond the grasp of the Santa Monica goalkeeper.
No. 2 Ventura will host No. 3 San Bernardino Valley, which beat No. 6 Los Angeles Pierce 1-0, Saturday in a Southern California regional semifinal.
(reporting from Danny Page)