Los Angeles Preps: Daniel Roman

Crescenta Valley stuns El Rancho

March, 3, 2012
El Rancho High School's quest for perfection fell at one of the last hurdles, courtesy of another unbeaten side.

Crescenta Valley scored goals four minutes apart in the first half, then defended gamely en route to a 3-0 upset of the top-seeded Dons, ending their 34-game unbeaten streak in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 boys soccer final at Warren High School in Downey.

Alex Berger and Erik Keshishian provided the halftime advantage for the Falcons (20-0-7), which won their first Southern Section boys championship and claimed a berth in next week's CIF Southern California Regional championships, which also include top teams from the Los Angeles City, San Diego and Central Sections.

El Rancho (26-1-0), from Pico Rivera, was the defending champion and top seed and was fifth in ESPNHS's Fab 50 national rankings. It came into the final averaging nearly four goals.

“We knew we were going to have to beat El Rancho from the beginning of the year,” Crescenta Valley goalkeeper Nick Ruiz told the Whittier Daily News. “We just knew we were going to have to take them down. Winning has not set in, and I don't think it will set in for a couple of days. It's amazing. We expected a hard-fought game, but not the way it ended.”

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I.E.: Busy weekend of championships

March, 2, 2012
The Inland Empire won’t be represented very well in the Southern Section basketball finals this weekend, but there will be plenty of other athletes from the region competing in championship events.

In boys’ soccer, four I.E. teams reached the finals in three divisions.

In Division 2, Valley View is scheduled to take on Capistrano Valley at Warren High School in Downey tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles reached the final with a 2-1 overtime victory at Coachella Valley, their third postseason game won in overtime or a shootout.

As described in this Press-Enterprise report, Valley View senior Daniel Roman suffered a broken nose in the semifinals at Coachella, but insisted he return to the game. The Coachella Valley trainer wanted no part of bandaging up Roman’s nose, so his father taped it together and Roman assisted on the game winner in overtime.

Cajon also takes on Lakeside in an all-I.E. matchup in the Division 5 final Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Warren High. Desert Mirage played Crossroads in the Division 6 final Saturday at noon.

In girls’ soccer, Los Osos is ranked second in the nation in the latest ESPNHS rankings. The Grizzlies will take on Sunny Hills in the Division 2 final Saturday night at 7:30 at Mission Viejo High. The teams have a combined record of 52-1-3 this season.

Ifeoma Onumonu leads Los Osos with 28 goals, but she’ll be up against a defense that has posted 22 shutouts.

Hemet is scheduled to play St. Margaret’s in the Division 6 final today at 5 p.m. at Mission Viejo High.

In Division 7, Citrus Valley will meet Sierra Canyon on Saturday at noon at Mission Viejo.

The state wrestling championships also begin today in Bakersfield and continue Saturday with the championship rounds.

Eight wrestlers from the I.E. are ranked in the top six of their respective divisions, according to the California Wrestler.

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