No. 1 Cerritos College and No. 2 Santa Barbara City College were upset in the first round of the state community college women's soccer playoffs.
On Tuesday, it was No. 3 Ventura's turn.
Another series of upsets has the Nos. 11 (Cypress), 15 (San Bernardino Valley) and 16 (Orange Coast) seeds playing Saturday for berths in the Dec. 2-4 state finals in Sacramento.
Jacqueline Lara (Buena Park/Valley Christian HS) scored a hat trick to lead Cypress (14-4-4) in a 4-0 rout of Ventura (18-4-0).
“This year's a weird year,” Ventura coach Steve Hoffman told the Ventura County Star. “I think you have to say Cypress is way better than their record says. I think they'll go to the state title game.”
The Chargers, who have won three state championships, the last seven years ago, will be home in one regional final against defending state champion San Bernardino Valley (14-5-4). The Wolverines won, 2-1, at College of the Canyons (14-4-3) as Mariela Ortega (Desert Hot Springs/Desert Hot Springs HS) and Milan Galloway (Rialto/Carter HS) scored in the first six minutes of the second half.
The other semifinal will match Cypress' Orange Empire Conference rivals Santiago Canyon (20-1-1), from Orange, and Orange Coast (14-4-4), from Costa Mesa. Santiago Canyon won the first meeting, 3-1; the second was a 1-1 tie.
OCC, which stunned national No. 1 Cerritos in its playoff opener, handed San Diego Miramar (17-1-2) its first defeat in a 2-0 road win as Jessica Amaral (Huntington Beach/Huntington Beach HS) set up a volley by Kiley Leshin (Anaheim/Canyon HS) and scoring from a feed by Nicole Vanderlaan (Aliso Viejo/Aliso Niguel HS).
“We're picking the best time to be playing our best soccer,” Pirates coach Kevin Smith told his school's athletics website. “We know what Santiago Canyon does, and they know what we do. There will be no surprises out there. We just need to keep playing with confidence and come out strong early against them.”
Santiago Canyon used goals by Valerie Barrios (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS), Bianca Frontino (Cerritos/Cerritos HS) and Jenna Patel (Cypress/Kennedy HS) to pull away for a 5-1 rout of visiting Cuyamaca (14-2-5), from El Cajon.
The Northern California semifinals have Modesto (15-4-4) visiting top-seeded Santa Rosa (17-1-3) and No. 2 City College of San Francisco (19-1-2) home against No. 3 Fresno City (17-6-0).
MEN: Golden West knocks out Cerritos
Cerritos College's men, ranked third in the nation and seeded second in the Southern California Regionals, followed their women's team's lead out of the playoffs, Golden West pulling out a 1-0 triumph in another stunning result.
David Perez (Santa Ana/Saddleback HS) scored from a feed by Jesus Garcia (Costa Mesa/Estancia HS) in the 58th minute, and Christian Cucue (Santa Ana/Santa Ana Valley HS) made eight saves and benefited from his crossbar to lift the seventh-seeded Rustlers (13-5-4).
Cerritos (17-3-2), which won state titles in 2006 and 2008, had been expected to advance to the state final four in Sacramento. So had the Falcons' women, ranked No. 1 nationally, who were upset by 16th-seeded in their opener. The men had a bye into Tuesday's match.
Golden West will play Saturday night at third-seeded Santa Barbara City (17-1-4), a 3-0 winner over Rio Hondo (10-8-5) as Duran Stanley scored twice and drew the penalty kick for the third goal.
In other men's action:
Jaime Torres (Pomona/Ganesha HS) scored two goals and Edgar Gonzalez (Huntington Park/Huntington Park HS) assisted three to lead two-time defending champion Mt. San Antonio (19-0-3), the nation's top-ranked side, to a 5-0 rout of visiting San Diego City (15-4-3).
Jerry Ponce (Oxnard/Rio Mesa HS) and Javier Marquez scored goals and fourth-seeded Oxnard (15-1-6) extended its unbeaten streak to 18 games with a 2-0 win over visiting Long Beach City (8-8-6). The Condors will play Saturday at Mt. SAC.
The Northern California semifinals: No. 4 American River (13-5-3) at top-seeded Hartnell (17-2-3) and No. 3 CCSF (18-4-2) at Foothill (15-1-5).
Mt. San Antonio (Walnut) 5, San Diego City 0
Oxnard 2, Long Beach City 0
Santa Barbara City 3, Rio Hondo (Whittier) 0
Cerritos (Norwalk) 0, Golden West (Huntington Beach) 1
Hartnell (Salinas) 2, Fresno City 1
American River (Sacramento) 2, Modesto 0
CC San Francisco 2, Taft 1
Footill (Los Altos Hills) 4, Evergreen Valley (San Jose) 2
San Diego Miramar 0, Orange Coast (Costa Mesa) 2
Santiago Canyon (Orange) 5, Cuyamaca (El Cajon) 1
Ventura 0, Cypress 4
College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita) 1, San Bernardino Valley 2
Santa Rosa 2, American River (Sacramento) 0
Diablo Valley (Pleasant Hill) 2, Modesto 3
Fresno City 2, Cosumnes River (Sacramento) 1
CC San Francisco 1, Foothill (Los Altos Hills) 0
Home teams listed first