JC: Mt. SAC geared for three-peat

December, 2, 2011
12/02/11
7:42
PM PT

Mt. San Antonio College is 90 minutes from a third straight state community college men's soccer championship after battering the City College of San Francisco in a semifinal Friday in Sacramento.


The Walnut-based Mounties, ranked No. 1 in the nation, extended their unbeaten streak to 37 games with a 2-0 trumph at Cosumnes River College and will face Hartnell (19-2-3), from Salinas, in Sunday's title game.

Luis Fuentes (Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista HS) provided a 37th-minute lead with his 20th goal of the season -- and 34th in two seasons for the Mounties -- and Edgar Padilla (Baldwin Park/Baldwin Park HS) added his 13th in the 76th.

Mt. SAC (21-0-3) takes a seven-game winning streak, the last four by shutout, into the match with Hartnell, which romped to a 3-0 win over Santa Barbara City College (18-2-4) as Max Estrada netted a pair of goals.

The Mounties lost to Cerritos in the 2008 state final, then beat Taft in 2009 and College of the Canyons last year.

In women's action:
  • Valerie Barrios (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS) and Jennifer Martin (La Mirada/Sunny Hills HS) scored first-half goals to lead Santiago Canyon (22-2-1) to a 2-0 victory over San Francisco (20-2-2) and into Sunday's final. The Hawks won titles in 2006 and 2009 and lost in the 2007 final.
  • Cypress' bid for a third state title ended against Santa Rosa (19-1-3), which received first-half goals from Erica Cunningham and Cara Curtin for a 2-0 semifinal victory. The Bear Cubs are in their third final in four years after falling to Cerritos in 2008 and San Bernardino Valley last year. Cypress finishes at 14-5-5.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Cosumnes River College (Sacramento)
Semifinals (Friday)
Men

Hartnell (Salinas) 3 (Campas 8, Estrada 21, 73), Santa Barbara City 0
Mt. San Antonio (Walnut) 2 (Fuentes 37, Padilla 76), CC San Francisco 0
Women
Santa Rosa 2 (Cunningham 15, Curtin 37), Cypress 0
Santiago Canyon (Orange) 2 (Barrios 24, Martin 31), CC San Francisco 0

Finals (Sunday)
Women
Santa Rosa (19-1-3) vs. Santiago Cantyon (22-1-1), 10 a.m.
Men
Mt. San Antonio (20-0-3) vs. Hartnell (19-2-3), 2 p.m.

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