Royals defeat Knights in soccer semifinals; Cougars to battle Panthers 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at GW

GOING TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP: In this Post file photo, Notre Dame High School Royals' Lauren Phillips, left, and Taylor Paige Aguon give thumbs-ups. Aguon, with a goal in the 70th minute against the Saint John's School Knights during an IIAAG semifinals soccer game, helped her team to the 3-1 victory.  Matt Weiss/The Guam Daily Post

The three-time defending champion Notre Dame High School Royals girls soccer team, with a dominant performance over the Saint John’s School Knights in the semifinals, punched their ticket to the championship game.

The Royals, with the win, await the winner of the Academy of Our Lady of Guam Cougars vs. Guam High School Panthers.

The Cougars and Panthers are scheduled to play 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at George Washington High School in Mangilao.

The championship game will take place 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Guam Football Association National Training Center in Harmon.

The third-place game, tipping off at 5 p.m., takes place on Saturday at GFA.

With dominating play from the Royals’ Brianne Leon Guerrero, in front of their home crowd at LeoPalace Resort, ND defeated the Knights, 3-1.

Leon Guerrero, with three titles to her credit, from the opening whistle, pushed hard. One minute into the game, Leon Guerrero, the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam’s reigning two-time MVP, scored on a breakaway. Eleven minutes later, the championship-minded Leon Guerrero scorched the net with her second goal.

For the next 47 minutes, defenses stepped up and the Royals’ offense cooled down.

The Royals’ Taylor Paige Aguon, in the 60th minute, ended the scoring drought.

The Knights’ Jenna Han, in the 70th minute, erased the shutout.

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