Los Angeles Preps: Kevin Baboiyan

Crescenta Valley stuns El Rancho

March, 3, 2012
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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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PREPS: Ventura conquers Marina's D

February, 29, 2012
2/29/12
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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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