PREPS: ECR, Palisades in title rematch
Chatsworth High School was given a second chance when Granada Hills reported it had used an ineligible player in the CIF Los Angeles City Section girls soccer playoffs.
That chance didn't last long.
Top-seeded El Camino Real (21-2-2) romped into another title game, dismantling the Chancellors, 7-0, Wednesday evening to advance to Saturday afternoon's final against Palisades at Contreras Learning Center in downtown Los Angeles.
It's a rematch of last year's final, and ECR, from Woodland Hills, is looking for its 11th title in 12 years. Chatsworth holds the City Section record with 11 girls soccer championships. The Conquistadores have won their three playoff games by a combined 20-0 tally.
ECR romped to a 6-0 halftime lead as Dylann O'Connor scored two goals, and Zoe Fishman, Jackie Hilario and Carley McBeath each added a goal and an assist. It scored 20 goals in three shutout wins over the Chancellors this season.
Chatsworth (8-12-4) lost in overtime to Granada Hills in last week's quarterfinals, but the team was restored to the bracket when the Highlanders forfeited the victory Monday.
Palisades (17-4-0), from Pacific Palisades, won its semifinal Tuesday, with Katie van Daalen Wetters and Eve Babcock scoring in a 2-1 decision over Cleveland (13-9-5), from Reseda.
ECR won last year's matchup, 1-0, 27 minutes into overtime. Palisades' other trip to the final, in 2005, was a 4-0 loss to the Conquistadores.
In other divisions:
BOYS LARGE SCHOOLS: Raul Martin and Luis Gallegos scored goals three minutes apart late in the first half to lead third-seeded San Fernando (21-2-3) to a 2-1 victory over Narbonne (16-7-4) and set up a rematch of 2010's final, against Fremont.
The Tigers won that one, but Fremont (18-4-4), from South Los Angeles, upset top-seeded Bell (22-4-2) in the other semifinal.
BOYS SMALL SCHOOLS: It's an all-San Fernando Valley final, with East Valley (16-5-5), from North Hollywood, taking on second-seeded Sun Valley (17-0-3).
East Valley overcame top seed Annenberg (17-6-1), from Los Angeles, with Jose Pelayo and Jose Quezada scoring in a 2-0 victory. Noe Flores and Angel Flores scored for Sun Valley in a 3-1 win over Fulton College Prep (13-4-2), from Van Nuys, but the Wildcats lost top scorer David Flores for the final when he was ejected with two yellow cards.
GIRLS INVITATIONAL Top-seeded Arleta (13-4-4) will meet Manual Arts (9-3-4), from Los Angeles, in the final of the City Section's second-tier girls championship. Genesis Cruz scored in overtime to lead Arleta past Locke (11-4-2), from Watts. Manual Arts advanced on penalties after a scoreless draw with South East (14-6-2), from South Gate.
GIRLS SMALL SCHOOLS: San Pedro's Port of L.A. seeks a perfect season in the title game against Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies. The Polar Bears (17-0-0) claimed a 2-0 victory over Fulton College Prep (14-3-3), from Van Nuys, with Nikki Bonilla scoring both goals. LACES beat defending champ Northridge Academy, 3-1.
FINALS: Here is the schedule for the championship games at Contreras:
Boys Large Schools, third place: Bell (22-4-2) vs. Narbonne (Gardena, 16-7-4), 4:30 p.m.
Girls Invitational: Arleta (13-4-4) vs. Manual Arts (Los Angeles, 9-3-4), 7 p.m.
Girls Small Schools: Port of L.A. (San Pedro, 17-0-0) vs. Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (13-5-1), 10 a.m.
Boys Small Schools: East Valley (North Hollywood, 16-5-5) vs. Sun Valley (17-0-3), 12:30 p.m.
Girls Divisional: Palisades (Pacific Palisades, 17-4-0) vs. El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, 21-2-2), 3 p.m.
Boys Large Schools: Fremont (Los Angeles, 18-4-4) vs. San Fernando (21-2-3), 5:30 p.m.