Los Angeles Soccer: Claremont 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.
San Clemente High School makes its fifth successive CIF Southern Section Division I girls soccer title-game appearance this weekend, and the Tritons will have to go through a familiar foe if they're to win their sixth title in 11 years.
South Coast League rival Aliso Niguel (18-1-5) will look for its second victory this season over San Clemente (18-2-7) in Friday's championship match at Mission Viejo High School. The teams have played three times already, each winning once along with a scoreless draw.
San Clemente advanced with a 2-0 semifinal victory Tuesday over Dana Hills (16-6-1), from Dana Point. Danielle Mellem provided a sixth minute lead for the Tritons, who are unbeaten in 17 games since a 3-1 loss Dec. 19 to Aliso in Mater Dei's tournament. Jamae Cousineau added an insurance goal with three minutes to go.
Aliso Niguel, from Aliso Viejo, beat Santa Margarita Catholic (16-5-3), from Rancho Santa Margarita, on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the other Division 1 semifinal. Lindsay Doyle gave the Wolverines a 15th-minute lead, and Santa Margarita pulled even with nine minutes remaining on Kassidy Gorman's goal.
Aliso had lost five times on penalties in semifinals.
In other CIF Southern Section girls semifinals:
Sunny Hills 2, Great Oak 1: Maribell Morales and Megan Villaescusa netted first-half goals, and the top-seeded Lancers (30-1-0), from Fullerton, edged Great Oak (15-6-4), from Temecula, in a Division 2 game.
Los Osos 4, Upland 0: The second-seeded Grizzlies (21-0-3), from Rancho Cucamonga, received goals from Ifeoma Onumonu, Chloe Watson and Victoria Pina in an eight-minute span of the second half to pull away to a Division 2 triumph over Upland (13-7-3). Los Osos, ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps, won all three meetings this season.
Bishop Amat 4, Chino Hills 1: April Juarez and Nayeli Requejo scored two goals apiece and the fourth-seeded Lancers (22-4-4), from La Puente, romped to a Division 3 victory over Chino Hills (17-5-6). Juarez, the division's reigning Player of the Year, won a penalty kick Requejo converted, and her goals have her 25 this season and 117 in her prep career.
South Orange County's reputation as the epicenter of girls soccer has been burnished during these CIF Southern Section playoffs. All four schools in the Division 1 semifinals are south of Irvine.
Santa Margarita Catholic (16-5-2) upset top-seeded Corona del Mar of Newport Beach in Friday's quarterfinals, and Nos. 2-4 seeds San Clemente (17-2-7), Dana Hills (16-5-1) and Aliso Niguel (18-1-4) joined the Eagles in the final four.
Add St. Margaret's (16-4-5) of San Juan Capistrano, which reached the Division 6 semifinals, and that's five South County teams playing Tuesday for title-game berths next weekend.
Santa Margarita, from Rancho Santa Margarita, beat Corona del Mar, 1-0, when Taylor Klawunder volleyed home a cross from her twin sister, Kaitlin, in the 74th minute.
San Clemente, aiming for a fifth straight trip to the final, overcame Harvard-Westlake of Studio City on penalties after a 0-0 draw. Freshman Amanda Gerrain delivered the knockout blow on the sixth round of kicks.
Breanne Chilton-Eddy scored twice to lead Aliso Niguel, from Aliso Viejo, in a 3-0 romp over Santa Ana's Mater Dei. Dana Hills, from Dana Point, was a 2-0 winner over Orange Lutheran.
Seven of the eight Division 1 quarterfinalists (and 11 of 16 second-round teams) were from Orange County.
It's a similar story, but different geography, in Division 3. Three of the four semifinalists -- third-seeded Claremont (25-1-4), St. Lucy's Priory (18-8-2) of Glendora and Chino Hills (17-4-6) -- are from the Sierra League. A fourth Sierra team, Ayala of Chino Hills, was five minutes from joining them.
The Sierra League is 11-1-1 in the tournament, the lone loss Ayala's on Friday against defending champion Bishop Amat (21-4-4) of La Puente. Amat scored three times in the final six minutes, with Jamie Peters netting the winner, to pull out a 4-3 victory.
Anaheim's Servite High School, seeded first in Division 1, lost on penalty kicks following a scoreless draw at Marina in Huntington Beach. Fourth-seeded San Clemente, the defending divisional and Southern California Regional Division 1 champion, also lost on penalty kicks, to Ventura after a 1-1 draw.
Defending Division 2 titlist Claremont was surprised by Riverside's La Sierra, which claimed a 1-0 victory on Kenshiro Daniels' 26th goal of the season.
And Downey's Warren, No. 1 in Division 3, fell to visiting Palmdale. 1-0. Two other D3 seeds -- No. 3 Knight and No. 4 Fontana -- also lost.
Ontario Christian, the top seed in Division 6, was eliminated in the second round. Only three Southern Section top seeds made it to the semifinals: El Rancho (Pico Rivera) in Division 4, Cajon (San Bernardino) in Division 5, and Cate (Carpinteria) in Division 6.
Only one seed remains in Division 1 (No. 2 Millikan of Long Beach), Division 2 (No. 2 Valley View of Moreno Valley), Division 3 (No. 2 Paramount) and Division 5 (Cajon).
Here are Thursday's scores:
Cory Hodge delivered to Claremont High School its first CIF Southern Section boys soccer title in 17 years, heading home an overtime throw-in as the Wolfpack posted an improbable 3-2 victory over Capistrano Valley in the Division 2 final Saturday night at Mission Viejo High School.
Hodge outleapt Capo Valley's backline to flick Brennen Carter's throw-in into the net 5½ minutes into the extra period as Claremont (21-1-5) weathered a hectic finish to regulation and start to overtime to snare their second boys soccer championship.
Capistrano Valley, from Mission Viejo, twice rallied from deficits, with Kyle Smith knotting the score, 2-2, with 43 seconds remaining in regulation. But the Cougars (16-6-7) were twice denied winning goals, with Mario Soto's strike hitting the net just after time expired in the second half and a controversial offside call waving off Smith's redirection of Luis Vasquez's free kick three minutes into OT.
Steven Barba gave Claremont a third-minute goal, and Kevin Baboiyan pulled the Capo Valley even with a 56th-minute penalty kick after a Hodge hand ball. Carter restored the lead in the 65th.
Southern Section finals Friday and Saturday also were played at Warren High School in Downey.
In other championship games:
San Clemente 2, Santa Barbara 1
Kevin Gould and Bryan Fouch scored first-half goals and the Tritons (17-6-6) staved off a second-half surge by Santa Barbara to win their first boys soccer title. Gould knocked home a rebound in the 17th minute and Fouch tallied after a Fabian Caudillo takeaway in the final minute of the half. The Dons, who won the Division 2 championship last year and were seeking their seventh boys soccer title, applied heavy pressure throughout the second half and halved the deficit on Sanford Spivey's 57th-minute goal.
Paramount 2, Fontana 1
The fourth-seeded Pirates (18-2-6) claimed their second successive Division 3 title, holding on for the final half-hour after a red card left them with 10 players. Edgar Martinez scored in the first minute and Salvador Velasquez made it 2-0 after dispossessing a defender four minutes into the second half, but Fontana, which won three playoff games in overtime, applied heavy pressure after Alejandro Muñoz was sent off with 29 minutes to go. Mishael Cano tallied in the 78th minute for the Steelers. Paramount goalkeeper Tony Maldonado made a diving stop on Isac Fonseca's first-half penalty kick.