South OC, Sierra flex in CIF
South Orange County's reputation as the epicenter of girls soccer has been burnished during these CIF Southern Section playoffs. All four schools in the Division 1 semifinals are south of Irvine.
Santa Margarita Catholic (16-5-2) upset top-seeded Corona del Mar of Newport Beach in Friday's quarterfinals, and Nos. 2-4 seeds San Clemente (17-2-7), Dana Hills (16-5-1) and Aliso Niguel (18-1-4) joined the Eagles in the final four.
Add St. Margaret's (16-4-5) of San Juan Capistrano, which reached the Division 6 semifinals, and that's five South County teams playing Tuesday for title-game berths next weekend.
Santa Margarita, from Rancho Santa Margarita, beat Corona del Mar, 1-0, when Taylor Klawunder volleyed home a cross from her twin sister, Kaitlin, in the 74th minute.
San Clemente, aiming for a fifth straight trip to the final, overcame Harvard-Westlake of Studio City on penalties after a 0-0 draw. Freshman Amanda Gerrain delivered the knockout blow on the sixth round of kicks.
Breanne Chilton-Eddy scored twice to lead Aliso Niguel, from Aliso Viejo, in a 3-0 romp over Santa Ana's Mater Dei. Dana Hills, from Dana Point, was a 2-0 winner over Orange Lutheran.
Seven of the eight Division 1 quarterfinalists (and 11 of 16 second-round teams) were from Orange County.
It's a similar story, but different geography, in Division 3. Three of the four semifinalists -- third-seeded Claremont (25-1-4), St. Lucy's Priory (18-8-2) of Glendora and Chino Hills (17-4-6) -- are from the Sierra League. A fourth Sierra team, Ayala of Chino Hills, was five minutes from joining them.
The Sierra League is 11-1-1 in the tournament, the lone loss Ayala's on Friday against defending champion Bishop Amat (21-4-4) of La Puente. Amat scored three times in the final six minutes, with Jamie Peters netting the winner, to pull out a 4-3 victory.
Amat will face Chino Hills, which routed Bonita of La Verne, 5-1, as Ashley Gonzales scored twice for the second straight game. Claremont edged Diamond Bar, 1-0, on Madison Stark's first-half goal.
Victoria Camaj scored twice as St. Lucy's, the only team to beat Claremont this season, set up a rematch with the Wolfpack by beating Valencia of Placentia, 2-1.
Here are Friday's scores:
CIF SOUTHERN SECTION
Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho Santa Margarita) 1, Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 0
Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo) 4, Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 0
Dana Hills (Dana Point) 2, Orange Lutheran 0
San Clemente 1, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City) 1, OT (San Clemente advances on penalties, 4-3)
Santa Margarita at Aliso Niguel
Dana Hills at San Clemente
Sunny Hills (Fullerton) 1, Calabasas 0
Great Oak (Temecula) 0, Long Beach Poly 0, OT (Great Oak advances on penalties, 3-1)
Upland 2, Santiago (Corona) 1
Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga) 2, Westlake (Thousand Oaks) 1
Great Oak at Sunny Hills
Upland at Los Osos
Chino Hills 5, Bonita (La Verne) 1
Bishop Amat (La Puente) 4, Ayala (Chino Hills) 3
Claremont 1, Diamond Bar 0
St. Lucy's Priory (Glendora) 2, Valencia (Placentia) 1
Chino Hills at Bishop Amat
St. Lucy's at Claremont
Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 3, Valley Christian (Cerritos) 1
Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley) 3, Malibu 1
South Torrance 4, Santa Paula 1
Marymount (Bel-Air) 1, La Reina (Thousand Oaks) 0
Oaks Christian at Canyon Springs
South Torrance at Marymount
Cabrillo (Lompoc) 4, Lakeside (Lake Elsinore) 1
La Serna (Whittier) 5, Woodcrest Christian (Riverside) 0
Downey 1, Ontario Christian 0
Cajon (San Bernardino) 0, Palm Desert 0, OT (Cajon advances on penalties, 3-1)
La Serna at Cabrillo
Downey at Cajon
Hemet 4, La Caņada (La Caņada Flintridge) 0
South Pasadena 4, Sierra Vista (Baldwin Park) 0
St. Margaret's (San Juan Capistrano) 0, Segerstrom (Santa Ana) 0 (St. Margaret's advances on penalties, 3-2)
San Dimas 2, Loara (Anaheim) 1
South Pasadena at Hemet
St. Margaret's at San Dimas
Viewpoint (Calabasas) 3, Marshall Fundamental (Pasadena) 1
Citrus Valley (Redlands) 1, Vistamar (El Segundo) 0
Firebaugh (Lynwood) 3, Rim of the World (Lake Arrowhead) 2
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 3, St. Genevieve (North Hollywood) 0
Citrus Valley at Viewpoint
Sierra Canyon at Firebaugh