Los Angeles Soccer: Hemet High School
Crescenta Valley scored goals four minutes apart in the first half, then defended gamely en route to a 3-0 upset of the top-seeded Dons, ending their 34-game unbeaten streak in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 boys soccer final at Warren High School in Downey.
Alex Berger and Erik Keshishian provided the halftime advantage for the Falcons (20-0-7), which won their first Southern Section boys championship and claimed a berth in next week's CIF Southern California Regional championships, which also include top teams from the Los Angeles City, San Diego and Central Sections.
El Rancho (26-1-0), from Pico Rivera, was the defending champion and top seed and was fifth in ESPNHS's Fab 50 national rankings. It came into the final averaging nearly four goals.
“We knew we were going to have to beat El Rancho from the beginning of the year,” Crescenta Valley goalkeeper Nick Ruiz told the Whittier Daily News. “We just knew we were going to have to take them down. Winning has not set in, and I don't think it will set in for a couple of days. It's amazing. We expected a hard-fought game, but not the way it ended.”
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.