Bassett improved to 18-3-2 and will play Marshall in Tuesday’s semifinals. Arroyo played the Olympians even despite the absence of suspended leading scorer Victor Cardenas because of a red card he received in Wednesday’s win over Sultana. The Knights finished 17-4-4. “We were weaker up front (without Cardenas),” Arroyo coach Jorge Ramirez said. “Up on top, we didn’t have much and they had a very good defense. We were not full strength. And you have to give them credit, they held, too. “I thought we were the better team today, but the better team doesn’t always win.” Reyes’ goal came on a perfect kick from 20 yards out near the sideline. After that, both teams relinquished nothing no matter how serious the threat. Bassett missed a golden opportunity to score another goal just before halftime when forward Gerardo Blanco got behind Arroyo’s defense for a clear shot on Knights goalie Alfredo Ontiveros. But Ontiveros, as he did all day, came up with a big stop by confronting Blanco 10 yards from the goal and deflecting a hard shot taken from close range. Bassett goalie Ricky Fabian, made two critical saves in the second half, the best of which came on a penalty kick by Arroyo forward Francisco Cardenas. “I was kind of nervous,” Fabian said. “I think my defense is pretty good. It gets scary and hard, but I think this is the best we played on defense.” Arroyo out-shot Bassett, 12-5. But the Olympians weren’t exactly on the attack after being staked to an early lead. Fabian made eight saves. Ontiveros had four, including the game’s best pair. “It was kind of lucky on our side,” Bassett coach Raul Contreras said. “Even with him (Cardenas), we don’t know what would’ve happened.” Friday’s win puts Bassett two victories shy of winning the school’s first CIF title in a team sport since 1994. “They want to win,” Contreras said of his team. “They want to go on. To be honest, I didn’t expect this. I thought maybe we’d be the Montview League champions, but not this far.” not to be outdone, [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Knights and Olympians followed Reyes’ goal with 80 minutes of fierce defense that led to a 1-0 win for Bassett. “I thought we could score more, but I guess with that shot, we won,” Reyes said. “All I can think about is being a CIF champion. I don’t think anybody could think that this school would get this far, but we got a team together and we’re playing perfect right now.” • Photo Gallery: 02/23: Arroyo vs. Bassett LA PUENTE – Bassett High School’s Alvaro Reyes didn’t know it at the time, but his penalty kick for a goal in the second minute of Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division V quarterfinals against Arroyo might turn out to be his team’s most important kick of the season.