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Sunday, March 4, 2012
PREPS: Los Osos rises -- to No. 1?

By Scott French

Tamia Hasan scored 10 minutes into the second half, and Los Osos High School held off a late Sunny Hills charge to win the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship Saturday night at Mission Viejo High School.

A No. 1 national ranking might come with it.

Los Osos, from Rancho Cucamonga, came into the game at No. 2 in the ESPNHS Fab 50 national rankings, and the Grizzlies (23-0-3) figure to rise after its 1-0 triumph. No. 1 Westview, from San Diego, was beaten by Carlsbad's La Costa Canyon in the CIF San Diego Section's Division II title game.

No. 5 Aliso Niguel, from Aliso Viejo, also could vault to the front after beating No. 4 San Clemente -- the only team it had lost to this season -- in Friday night's Southern Section Division 1 final. Carroll, from Southlake, Texas, is No. 3 in ESPN's winter rankings.

Los Osos was officially the underdog, seeded second, behind Fullerton's Sunny Hills (30-1-0), but they took charge after halftime as forward Ifeoma Onumonu sent in the ball for Hasan to finish.

“I haven't stopped crying yet,” Los Osos coach Mychal Armstrong told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. “These girls are such a great group. They deserve this.”

In other Southern Section finals Saturday:

Claremont 2, Bishop Amat 0: Goalkeeper Amanda Garvin made three spectacular saves  and the Wolfpack (27-1-4) extended their shutout streak to seven games while winning the girls Division 3 championship, played, like all of the Southern Section girls finals, at Mission Viejo. Defender Taylor Fortson nodded home a corner kick in the 28th minute and Merin Arft tallied at the start of the second half to send Claremont past defending champion Bishop Amat (22-5-4), from La Puente.

Oaks Christian 2, Marymount 1: Kaycee Buckley set up two Bianca Deardorff goals in the first 12 minutes -- her 25th and 26th of the season -- and the top-seeded Lions (21-5-1), from Westlake Village, claimed their second successive girls Division 4 title and seventh championship trophy in the past decade. Marymount (19-4-4), from Bel-Air, trimmed the deficit on Isabella DeSantis' goal in the 56th minute.

Lakeside 3, Cajon 1: Ricky Ruiz set up three goals, including a pair at the start of the second half, as the Lancers (19-7-3), from Lake Elsinore, rallied from a first-half deficit to win the boys Division 5 title at Warren High School in Downey, which staged all of the boys games. Ruiz's through ball led to Ivan Hernandez's go-ahead goal in the 45th minute, and his free kick was headed home by Cris Rodriguez a minute later. Top-seeded Cajon (23-4-5), from San Bernardino, went ahead on Carlos Trinidad's 25th-minute goal, but Lakeside pulled even in the 27th -- following a 10-minute break, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported, while a player was treated on the field for heart palpitations -- on Jesus Herrera's finish.

Downey 2, La Serna 1: Janeth Acuna scored about five minutes into overtime to lift the Vikings (18-7-4), playing in their third final in five years, to the girls Division 5 title. Downey, held without a shot in the first half, went ahead on Claudia Lopez's goal in the 43rd minute -- she scored in all five playoff games -- but La Serna (18-6-5) pulled even on Savannah Francis' strike with 10 minutes left in regulation.

Desert Mirage 2, Crossroads 1: Jimmie Villalobos set up second-half goals by Cesar Figueroa and Hector Osuna, and the Rams (23-1-2), from Thermal, won their second CIF soccer title, holding off Crossroads (16-6-2) in the boys Division 6 final. Nate Merchant scored on a late header to halve the deficit, and the Roadrunners, from Santa Monica, hit the crossbar near the finish.

Cate 4, University Prep 1: Avery Schwartz scored a hat trick to lead the top-seeded Rams (19-1-1), from Carpinteria, to their second straight Division 7 boys title. Cate, ranked 24th in the nation, also got a goal from Ghanaian star Ema Boateng; Oscar Bonilla tallied for University Prep (22-4-0), from Victorville.

Citrus Valley 2, Sierra Canyon 0: Ariel Vinson scored at the start and Araceli Barrio at the finish, and the Blackhawks (23-2-1), from Redlands, shut down defending champion Sierra Canyon's scoring whiz -- Jessica Fogel, with 45 goals -- to claim the girls Division 7 title. The Trailblazers (16-4-2), from Chatsworth, likely will receive a regional berth, too.