JC: Mt. SAC, Cerritos draw No. 1 seeds
Mt. San Antonio College's men are aiming for a third successive state community college soccer championship. Cerritos College's women are looking for their first title since back-to-back triumphs in 2007 and 2008.
They're the favorites, both ranked No. 1 in the nation -- and seeded first for the Southern California Regional playoffs, which kick off Saturday.
Mt. San Antonio (18-0-3), from Walnut, has a bye into a second-round game Tuesday, against San Diego City or Chaffey (Rancho Cucamonga). Cerritos (20-1-0), from Norwalk, opens Saturday against Orange Coast (Costa Mesa).
Cerritos' men (17-2-2), ranked third nationally, are seeded second in the South and also have a first-round bye. The winners of the four SoCal brackets -- two for men, two for women -- will join Northern California's winners at the Dec. 2-4 championships in Sacramento.
The Mounties, on a 34-game unbeaten streak, are led by Luis Fuentes (Azusa/Sierra Vista HS), who has 18 goals and 11 assists. Fuentes scored a hat trick in the 4-0 romp over College of the Canyons in last year's state title game, the seventh in eight years captured by Southern California schools.
Mt. SAC beat Cerritos in both regular-season meetings, 4-1 and 3-0.
Santa Barbara City (15-1-4) is seeded third and Oxnard (13-1-6) is No. 4.
Freshman Lauren Nanez (La Mirada/La Mirada HS) has 21 goals and 16 assists for Cerritos' women, who won their first 20 games, then fell Friday in their regular-season finale, a 1-0 decision against defending state champion San Bernardino Valley, which is seeded 15th.
Santa Barbara City (16-2-0), Ventura (17-3-0) and Santiago Canyon (18-1-1, from Orange) were seeded second through fourth.
Northern California's top seeds are Hartnell's men (16-2-3), from Salinas, and Santa Rosa's women (15-1-3).
- The Southern California pairings (first round games Saturday):
Mt. San Antonio (18-0-3) bye
Chaffey (11-4-5) at San Diego City (14-3-3), 1 p.m.
Long Beach City (7-7-6) at East L.A. (11-4-6), TBA
Allan Hancock (9-8-4) at Oxnard (13-1-6), 2 p.m.
L.A. Harbor (7-7-7) at Santa Barbara City (15-1-4), 11 a.m.
Santa Ana (13-5-3) at Rio Hondo (9-6-5), TBA
San Bernardino Valley (14-3-3) at Golden West (11-5-4), 2 p.m.
Cerritos (17-2-2) bye
Orange Coast (12-4-4) at Cerritos (20-1-0), 2 p.m.
San Diego Miramar (16-0-2) at San Diego Mesa (12-3-5), TBA
Chaffey (15-3-3) at Cuyamaca (13-1-5), 2 p.m.
Long Beach City (13-6-1) at Santiago Canyon (18-1-1), TBA
East L.A. (12-6-3) at Ventura (17-3-0), 3 p.m.
Cypress (12-4-4) at L.A. Pierce (13-2-4), 2 p.m.
Antelope Valley (16-2-2) at College of the Canyons (13-3-3), 2 p.m.
San Bernardino Valley (13-5-3) at Santa Barbara City (16-2-0), 2 p.m.
- NORCAL: The Northern California pairings:
Hartnell (16-2-3) bye
West Valley (9-5-6) at Fresno City (10-5-6)
Feather River (15-4-2) at Modesto (12-1-6)
West Hills (7-6-5) at American River (11-5-3)
Napa Valley (11-1-8) at City College of San Francisco (16-4-1)
Taft (11-6-4) at Lassen (13-2-2)
Evergreen Valley (12-6-2) at Cabrillo (12-7-2)
Foothill (14-1-5) bye
San Joaquin Delta (9-10-2) at Santa Rosa (15-1-3)
American River (10-6-3) at Evergreen Valley (12-7-1)
Napa Valley (10-3-8) at Modesto (13-4-4)
Sierra (9-8-3) at Diablo Valley (14-3-3)
Ohlone (14-4-2) at Fresno City (15-6-0)
Solano (10-6-4) at Cosumnes River (12-7-2)
Foothill (9-5-4) at Cabrillo (15-3-0)
Skyline (12-5-4) at City College of San Francisco (17-1-2)