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.
Claremont 1, St. Lucy's Priory 0: Madison Stark scored in the third minute and the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (26-1-4) avenged their lone defeat this season, beating St. Lucy's (18-9-2), from Glendora, in a Division 3 semifinal.
Oaks Christian 5, Canyon Springs 3: Kaycee Buckley scored twice and assisted two more goals to lead the top-seeded Lions (20-5-1), from Westlake Village, to their seventh title game in 11 years with a victory over Canyon Springs (22-3-2), from Moreno Valley, in the Division 4 semis. Oaks, the defending champs, has six CIF titles in the past decade.
Marymount 2, South Torrance 0: Natalie Gigg and Summer Denison scored goals as the Sailors (19-3-4), from Bel-Air, toppled South Torrance (22-3-5) in a Division 4 game. It was the Spartans' fifth successive semifinal, the last two losses.
La Serna 4, Cabrillo 1: Moriah Earley scored two goals and Michelle Reed added a goal and an assist as the Lancers (18-5-5), from Whittier, routed top-seeded Cabrillo (22-2-6), from Lompoc, in Division 5.
Downey 1, Cajon 0: Claudia Lopez scored from Andrea Rodriguez's through ball in the 55th minute to send the Vikings (17-7-4) past second-seeded Cajon (22-4-3), from San Bernardino, in a Division 5 game.
Hemet 2, South Pasadena 1: Nola Prickett and Taylor Wolever tallied for the top-seeded Bulldogs (23-2-2), who beat South Pasadena (17-3-6) despite being outshot, 26-8, in a Division 6 game. Hemet's unbeaten streak reached 13 games.
St. Margaret's 1, San Dimas 0: The fourth-seeded Tartans (17-4-5), from San Juan Capistrano, aim for their second straight Division 6 title after posting their 11th straight shutout, beating San Dimas (22-3-2). McKenna Marmelstein's header was the difference.
Citrus Valley 4, Viewpoint 3: The fourth-seeded Blackhawks (22-2-1) scored twice in the last three minutes to upset top-seeded Viewpoint (16-4-3), from Calabasas, in a Division 7 game. Araceli Barrio's 25-yard blast to the upper-right corner pulled the third-year Redlands school even, and her older sister, Blanca, scored the winner with a 20-yard shot.
Sierra Canyon 3, Firebaugh 2: Jessica Fogel scored her 44th and 45th goals of the season to lead the second-seeded Trailblazers (16-3-2), from Chatsworth, past Firebaugh (16-2-5), from Lynwood, in Division 7. Sierra Canyon is the defending champion.