TORRANCE — Mira Costa High, capitalizing on a controversial decision by the referee to add injury time, defeated Louisville, 5-4 on penalty kicks, Saturday in the final of the South Torrance girls' soccer tournament.
Mira Costa scored during injury time to force a 2-2 tie.
Kelly Blais' second goal for Mira Costa (7-1-1) tied the score after regulation had apparently expired.
Jenny Farenbaugh's goal and assist appeared to be enough to carry Louisville (7-2-1), but referee George Adeff, saying he was not informed of a rule change by tournament officials, added 4:54 of injury time to a second half that had only one brief stoppage.
Tournament rules state that no timeouts or injury time will be added to a game.
"I was following high school rules," Adeff said.
Adeff left immediately after the game. The decision left Louisville Coach Jose Perez incensed.
"I asked the referee if he knew the rules and he told me they didn't tell him the rules," Perez said. "We were robbed. It's disappointing. I think we should have won."