Inside the game's first 18 minutes, which played out seemingly in the blink of an eye, the UCLA-bound Courtnall scored a pair of goals and assisted on another to propel the Lions (26-2-1) to their first-ever regional crown after having claimed the CIF Southern Section Division IV title.
"We said what the heck just happened," said Tologs junior forward Breeana Koemans of the team's reaction to falling behind, 3-0. "We underestimated them."
Courtnall led an offensive attack that matched the combined goal total for the Tologs' previous seven postseason opponents. And with the three goals came not only a championship, but a lofty upset, as the Lions knocked off a Tologs team (23-2-1) that is ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN Rise.
"I knew that our speed would get them in trouble up top, at least. …And defensively, I thought we played very well," said Oaks Christian Coach Sebastian Alvarado. "It's pretty cool that we can say we beat the No. 1 team in the nation and we beat the Division I champion."
For the Tologs, who were in search of claiming a triple crown of titles after having won the Mission League and a first-ever CIF Southern Section Division I championship, running through the first two rounds of the regionals with a 6-1 win over Horizon Christian Academy and a 3-0 win over St. Margaret's left them admittedly overconfident as they stepped on the field
"It felt too easy for a second," Koemans said of the tournament, adding that the team also grew confident leading up to the game after seeing that Oaks Christian had lost to common opponents Harvard-Westlake, 6-1, and Saugus, 2-0.