Mission Viejo, Calif. - When the final whistle had blown on the 2012 season, Golden West edged Saddleback 2-1 in a match with all of the scoring coming in those final 10 minutes.
Golden West, after playing defense for much of the first half, put together a series of failed offensive runs late in the game until Leezett Del Toro was able to roll in the first goal at the 80 minute mark on an assist from Paula Sajeh. Sajeh added a goal of her own just four minutes later on a pass through the goalkeeper's box from Monse Garrido to put the Rustlers up 2-0.
The Gauchos finally found the net when Mia Xifo's corner kick bounced off several players in the box before Sidney Houghton was credited with knocking it into the net for good. That goal came with only three minutes remaining and, despite a couple of offensive runs, the Gauchos couldn't find the equalizer before time expired.
Golden West finishes their season with a 10-9-2 overall record and 7-6-2 in conference play. The Rustlers finished fourth in the conference standings.