Los Angeles Preps: Channel Islands High School
March, 3, 2012
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Scott French/For ESPNLA.com The Paramount boys' soccer team won its third consecutive CIF-SS championship Saturday.
DOWNEY -- Paramount High School had just claimed its third successive CIF Southern Section boys soccer title, an achievement that had several Pirates in tears -- and one of them prostrate, in a sort of blubbering ecstasy.
It's just a start.
Paramount became the third school to win three straight boys' soccer titles Saturday evening, rallying from a quick deficit to upend Channel Islands, 2-1, in the Division 3 final at Warren High School.
Frankie Perez and Jesus Alvarez scored the goals for the Pirates (22-4-3), who have their sights set on something bigger.
Two years ago, after their first championship, Paramount marched to the CIF Southern California Regional Division I crown. Last year's group fell short. This year's team has a statement to make.
“After we lost last year in the quarterfinals, it's still here -- in our heart,” co-coach Rafa Villaseņor said. “These kids want that bad. They want it real bad.
“I know tomorrow when we find out if we're in [this year's regional field] -- hopefully, you know? And start all over from scratch, and how bad do they want it. And that's been our motto, and they want it bad, as you can see.”
Paramount demonstrated how badly they wanted the section championship, dominating Oxnard's Channel Islands (19-3-4) after falling behind less than two minutes after kickoff. A quick counter left Ricardo Blancas alone with Pirates goalkeeper Tony Maldonado, and he did not miss.
It was Paramount's game the rest of the way.
February, 29, 2012
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Ventura High School's boys soccer team had scored 99 goals in its first 29 games. Marina's had conceded eight in its first 27. When the teams faced off in Tuesday's CIF Southern Section Division I semifinal, the advantage went to the Cougars.J.J. Leon scored a goal and assisted another -- delivering a cross for Erick Sandoval -- to send Ventura (23-0-7) to a 2-0 victory over their Huntington Beach-based foe (18-3-7) and into Saturday night's final against second-seeded Millikan (25-2-4).
The Rams, from Long Beach, rallied from a two-goal deficit after just 15 minutes to tie Los Angeles' Loyola (22-4-6) in the other D1 semi, then prevailed on penalties when Steven Barrera made two saves in the shootout.
Millikan, in its second final in four years, received goals from Kyle Nicolau before halftime and Jaime Salazar in the closing minutes.
In other CIF Southern Section boys semifinals:
Capistrano Valley 2, La Sierra 1: The Cougars (11-12-4), from Mission Viejo, scored twice in the final three minutes to upset Riverside's La Sierra (18-5-5) and reach their second straight Division 2 final. Kevin Baboiyan knocking home the rebound when Eagles goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez saved Dylan Browning's penalty kick, and Browning netted the winner a minute later, appearing to deflect the ball into the net with his upper arm.
Valley View 2, Coachella Valley 1: Danny Rivas scored with four minutes to go in regulation to tie the score and Miguel Hernandez tallied in overtime to lead the second-seeded Eagles (19-2-6), from Moreno Valley, to a 2-1 Division 2 triumph at Thermal's Coachella Valley (14-7-1).
Paramount 3, Santa Ana Valley 1: Tommy Osorio scored in the fourth minute, Danny Garcia in the 15th, and the second-seeded Pirates (21-4-3) continued their quest for a third successive Division 3 championship. It was Paramount's third postseason victory over the Falcons (17-8-2) in three seasons, including a triumph en route to the Southern California Regional championship -- the closest thing California has to a state title -- two years ago.
Channel Islands 2, Palmdale 0: Everaldo Fernandez converted a 62nd-minute penalty kick and Hector Mottu scored nine minutes later as the Raiders (19-2-4), from Oxnard, toppled Palmdale (25-4-0) in a Division 3 clash.
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