ESPNHS takes a look back at the top storylines from last week, which included playoff matches in California, Louisiana and Nevada, and pending change at No. 1 in the POWERADE FAB 50.
10. Southeast League Power: Green Valley (Henderson, Nev.) and Coronado (Henderson, Nev.), rivals in the Nevada Southeast League, have worked their way through the Class 4A playoffs brackets and will meet in this week’s Sunrise Region final, which serves as a state semifinal contest. Green Valley (20-4-3) handed Coronado (14-1-4) its only loss this season. Green Valley is undefeated in Nevada. The team has three losses to California schools and one loss to a school from Arizona.
9. 30-Win Club: There are only a handful of states where playing 30 games is possible, not to mention winning 30 games. However, this past weekend, Mount Carmel Academy (New Orleans, La.) joined American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) as the only two 30-game winners this winter season. Mount Carmel capped its season with a 2-1 state final victory over St. Scholastica (Covington, La.). Sunny Hills (Fullerton, Calif.) is closing in, entering this week’s section semifinals with 29 victories.
8. Eye-Popping Stats: It’s no surprise that Mississippi signee Sara Coleman added the 2012 Miss Soccer honor to an already loaded list of accomplishments. Coleman, who made her varsity debut while in the seventh grade, ended her career at West Jones (Laurel, Miss.) with 158 career goals and 107 assists.
7. One-Sided Affair: Taylor Moebes scored three goals to help West Valley (Cottonwood, Calif.) rout Corning (Calif.) 5-0 in the CIF Northern Section Division I final Saturday. The win capped an 18-0 season and first-ever section title for this school of 900 students located in a stagecoach town that provided the backdrop for Chris Farley’s final movie. The town is 200 miles north of San Francisco.
6. Top 10 Clash: Unfortunately, the season was bound to end for either Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) or San Clemente (Calif.) when these POWERADE FAB 50 top 10 programs met in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals. The contest went to penalty kicks before San Clemente emerged, keeping alive the Tritons’ bid for a fifth straight section final appearance.
5. O.C. Muscle: With two teams vying for the POWERADE FAB 50 No. 1 ranking and seven teams in the rankings, it’s fair to say Orange County, Calif., is the strongest soccer-playing area in the country -- rivaled only by Dallas. Four Orange County schools advanced to this week’s CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals: San Clemente (Calif.), Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.) and Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.).
4. Familiar Spot: It’s becoming almost a given that Sacred Heart (New Orleans, La.) will play for a girls’ state title every February. This Louisiana small-school power made its eighth straight state final appearance, winning for the third straight year with a 2-0 decision over Episcopal (Baton Rouge, La.).
3. Bounced, Again: When play started in Texas, defending state champion Boyd (McKinney, Texas) sat at No. 1 in the POWERADE FAB 50. A pair of early ties cost the team the top spot, yet it returned to No. 1 last week. Now, since Boyd’s undefeated streak, which stood at 41 matches, is over following a 2-1 loss to league rival Rowlett (Texas), the Broncos’ will relinquish the No. 1 ranking yet again.
2. Living Up To The Billing: A championship meeting between a pair POWERADE FAB 50 one-loss programs stayed scoreless until the 73rd minute when freshman Maddie Gibson scored the only goal in a 1-0 win by Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.) over San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) for the CIF North Coast Section Division I title. Monte Vista started seven freshmen who play for the Mustang Fury club program, setting up these Mustangs for a potentially dominating run in the East Bay Athletic League.
1. Tough Call: The news cut good and bad for Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) senior Elise Krieghoff. The two-sport star was caught in a dilemma on Friday as her girls’ soccer team was playing for a section title at 6 p.m. and her girls’ basketball team was scheduled for a section quarterfinal contest an hour later, but at a venue two hours away. The Cal Poly soccer commit kept her obligation to the soccer program and assisted on a goal in the team’s 3-2 victory over Stockdale (Calif.) to earn a spot in next week’s Southern California Regional Division I tournament. The girls’ basketball team, however, wasn’t as fortunate, falling 64-57 to Clovis West (Clovis, Calif.).