Excalibur Tournament filled with surprises

In a high school tournament featuring 11 POWERADE FAB 50 teams, only one remains in the Excalibur title hunt following a wild round of action Wednesday.

No. 41 La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) advanced to Thursday's semifinals despite scoring only two goals in its three matches. LCC defeated Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 1-0, edged Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) in penalty kicks following a scoreless match and then beat Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 1-0.

In Thursday's semifinals, LCC will face fellow San Diego-area program Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.), which knocked out FAB 50-ranked Foothill (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.). On the other side of the draw, Century (Santa Ana, Calif.) will face Buena (Ventura, Calif.).

While the event is heavy on San Diego and Southern Section programs, it does provide a proving ground for a few out-of-state teams, as well. Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) went 1-1 in the championship flight, losing to Century. Xavier College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) also reached the second round before getting eliminated on penalty kicks by Capistrano Valley.

For more detailed Excalibur Tournament coverage, visit the girls' soccer page at OCVarsity.com. For complete tournament brackets, click here.