Los Angeles Soccer: Andres Contreras

JC: Nos. 1 and 2 lose openers

November, 20, 2011
Cerritos College was No. 1 in the nation. Santa Barbara City was No. 2 in the seeds. Both are gone just one game into the state community college playoffs.

No. 16 seed Orange Coast (13-4-4), from Costa Mesa, stunned top-seeded Cerritos (20-2-0), winning, 1-0, as Jessica Parker (Fountain Valley/Fountain Valley HS) scored from a 24th-minute corner kick by Nicole Vanderlaan (Aliso Viejo/Aliso Niguel HS).

Santa Barbara (16-2-1) lost on penalties after a scoreless draw with 15th-seeded San Bernardino Valley (13-5-4), the defending state champion coming off an end-of-regular-season upset of Cerritos. Wolverines goalkeeper Jennifer Keats (Moreno Valley/Canyon Springs HS) stopped Katie Voss' attempt in the second round of the shootout.

The Cerritos result might be the biggest upset in the annals of the state JC tournament. The Falcons, who won titles in 2007 and 2008 and reached the semifinals last year, were considered can't-miss for the Dec. 2-4 final four in Sacramento.

“We honestly felt that we could play with this team because we have had plenty of experience playing against teams of this caliber,” Orange Coast coach Kevin Smith told his school's athletics website. “We have [fellow regional semifinalists] Cypress and Santiago Canyon in our conference, and even though we didn't beat either team, we felt like we could compete with them, and that confidence carried over into today's game.”

The beneficiary could be Orange's Santiago Canyon (19-1-1), which is ranked third nationally but was seeded fourth for the Southern California Regionals. The Hawks, who romped to a 5-0 opening-round win over Long Beach City (13-7-1), are the highest remaining seed in that bracket. Two teams from Southern California will advance to the final four.

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