Leading 4-0 at halftime, the Lindsay girls soccer team appeared to be well on its way to the Central Section Division V championship game.
The No. 3-seeded Cardinals were in complete control of the game, but No. 2 Fowler wasn't prepared to go down without a fight.
The Red Cats scored three goals in the second half, but in the end, Lindsay held on for a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night in Fowler.
The Cardinals will play at No. 1 Orange Cove on Friday for the Division V championship.
The co-East Sequoia League champions wasted very little time in getting their offense rolling with Janelly Rangel scoring in the eighth minute.
The Cardinals would then score three goals in four minutes to take the commanding lead.
Kayla Camargo scored in the 13th minute, and Rangel scored in the 15th and 16th minutes to complete the hat trick.
Goalkeeper Sandra Cortez finished with three saves for the Cardinals.
Lindsay improved to 16-10 on the season.
No. 1 Highland 2, No. 4 Central Valley Christian 1: The two-time defending Valley champion Scots scored with three minutes left in the match to win a Central Section Division III semifinal against the Cavaliers in Bakersfield.
Nicole Bouvia scored unassisted early in the match to give CVC (13-8-3, 9-0-1) a 1-0 lead. Highland (19-6-2, 9-0-1) scored 10 minutes later to tie the game before netting the game winner late in the rainy contest that brough sloppy field conditions with standing water on the pitch.
"It was a tough loss," CVC head coach Jacob Degroot said. "It's tough to end your season on such bad conditions."
No. 1 Farmersville 4, No. 5 Bakersfield Christian 0: Four different Aztecs scored in a Central Section Division VI semifinal win over the Eagles in Farmersville.
Pedro Berber scored the only first half goal for Farmersville (21-4-3) in the 24th minute. Freddy Vazquez, who assisted the first goal, scored on a penalty kick at 49'. Marco Jacobo scored the third goal with an assist from Ramon Franco at 61'. Christian Morales scored at 71' on a corner kick taken by Berber that deflected off an Eagle defender.
The win advances Farmersville to its first Valley final since 2010. The Aztecs won Valley titles in 2004, 2007 and 2010.
No. 2 Monache 2, No. 3 Golden West 1: The Trailblazers took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but the Marauders rallied to advance to the Central Section Division II championship game.
Christian Ibarra scored in the 12th minute for Golden West's lone goal.
The Trailblazers, who were the West Yosemite League champions, finished the season with an 18-4-1 record.
Monache will play No. 1 Golden Valley in the championship game.
No. 1 Lindsay 62, No. 16 Coalinga 19: Christina Castro scored 21 points to lead the Cardinals past the Horned Toads in a Central Section Division IV quarterfinal in Lindsay.
Kennedy Blue added 14 points for Lindsay (21-6, 10-0) and Megan Salinas scored 11.
No. 4 Exeter 52, No. 13 Fowler 30: Nine different Monarchs scored in a Central Section Division IV quarterfinal win over the Redcats in Exeter.
No player scored double digit points for Exeter (17-10, 6-4). Danica Todd and Emily Tristao led the team with nine points each.
Playoff spots will be on the line when College of the Sequoias hosts a basketball double-header against Merced at 5 p.m. (men) and 7 p.m. (women) Wednesday night at the Dr. S. Thomas Porter Field House in Visalia.
The COS men and women will each be playing their final home games of the regular season. It marks the end of the men's regular season, while the women will finish their regular season schedule at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in Porterville.
A win for the women would boost them into a tie for second place of the Central Valley Conference. The Giants currently sit in third place at 7-3 in league play, one game behind 8-2 Merced.
The men are already locked into second place at 9-2, one and a half games behind the team that gave them their only two conference play losses, Fresno City (10-0), and 2.5 games ahead of third place West Hills Coalinga (6-4).
Finishing second place in league play guarantees a spot in the Northern California Regional Playoffs.
"It's a huge ball game," COS women's basketball head coach Ray Alvarado said. "Probably biggest game at COS from the women's side in the last 3-4 years."
After league record, the seeding committee then looks at results in head-to-head games and results against common opponents. Merced, which finishes its regular season at home against West Hills-Lemoore on Saturday, Jan. 23, beat the COS women 57-48 in their first meeting on Jan. 26. Each team's only other conference losses came against Fresno City. If they finish tied in the standings, Alvarado said priority for a playoff spot will likely be decided by RPI, a ranking system generated by a formula calculated by a computer.
Playoff seedings will be released Monday, Feb. 25.