Los Angeles Soccer: Mariela Ortega
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.
SANTA CLARITA -- When star forward Evelyn Calderon went down with a knee injury just nine games into the season, San Bernardino Valley's women's soccer team could have given up.
Calderon's 25 goals had fueled the Wolverines' unprecedented run to a regional final last year, and as they set their sights on something more, she was expected to be the hero.
So SBVC's triumph in Sunday's state junior college title game -- a 1-0 decision over Santa Rosa at College of the Canyons -- had to feel awful special, right?
“Right now, this feels great,” Wolverines coach Kristin Hauge said. “Tomorrow, I start recruiting. Well, as soon as I get off the field, I'll start texting.”
Title-game MVP Crystal Sanchez (Bloomington/Bloomington HS) converted a 72nd-minute penalty kick to provide the difference in a defensive standoff that saw just one shot -- Sanchez's PK -- placed on target. Mariela Ortega (Desert Hot Springs/Desert Hot Springs HS) earned the spot kick, bumped down from behind by Santa Rosa's Lauren Romano after running onto a space-finding pass by Angela Young (San Bernardino/Cajon HS).
“I knew we were good defensively, but I knew they're very good defensively,” Hauge said. “We knew that one goal, whoever got it, had a real good chance of winning.”
Cerritos College is heading to the state JC women's soccer final four for the third time in four years after ousting top-seeded L.A. Pierce on Saturday in Woodland Hills.Miranda Madrid (Lakewood/St. Joseph HS) set up goals by Daniela Martin (La Puente/La Puente HS) in the 22nd minute and Liliana Leos (Sylmar/South East HS) in the 26th to lead the Falcons (21-1-2), who won state titles in 2007 and 2008, to a 2-1 victory.
Third-seeded San Bernardino Valley (18-1-4) also advanced to next weekend's state finals at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, scoring three times in the first half en route to a 4-2 victory at No. 2 seed Ventura (17-3-2). Cerritos will face Santa Rosa (17-0-5), Northern California's top seed, and SBVC will take on Fresno City (19-2-2) in Friday's semifinals.
Defending champion Mt. San Antonio and Canyons advanced to the men's final four. The Mounties (17-1-4), the state's top-ranked team, routed San Diego City, 3-0, and will face West Valley (16-4-2) in the semis. Canyons (16-5-2) scored a 3-1 upset of second-seeded Santa Ana (15-4-4) and will meet Fresno City (15-4-3), NorCal's No. 1 seed.