Los Angeles Soccer: Narbonne High School
Chatsworth High School was given a second chance when Granada Hills reported it had used an ineligible player in the CIF Los Angeles City Section girls soccer playoffs.
That chance didn't last long.
Top-seeded El Camino Real (21-2-2) romped into another title game, dismantling the Chancellors, 7-0, Wednesday evening to advance to Saturday afternoon's final against Palisades at Contreras Learning Center in downtown Los Angeles.
It's a rematch of last year's final, and ECR, from Woodland Hills, is looking for its 11th title in 12 years. Chatsworth holds the City Section record with 11 girls soccer championships. The Conquistadores have won their three playoff games by a combined 20-0 tally.
ECR romped to a 6-0 halftime lead as Dylann O'Connor scored two goals, and Zoe Fishman, Jackie Hilario and Carley McBeath each added a goal and an assist. It scored 20 goals in three shutout wins over the Chancellors this season.
Chatsworth (8-12-4) lost in overtime to Granada Hills in last week's quarterfinals, but the team was restored to the bracket when the Highlanders forfeited the victory Monday.
Palisades (17-4-0), from Pacific Palisades, won its semifinal Tuesday, with Katie van Daalen Wetters and Eve Babcock scoring in a 2-1 decision over Cleveland (13-9-5), from Reseda.
ECR won last year's matchup, 1-0, 27 minutes into overtime. Palisades' other trip to the final, in 2005, was a 4-0 loss to the Conquistadores.
El Camino Real High School's bid to honor fallen goalkeeper Francisco “Pancho” Rodriguez fell two games shy of the mark. The second-seeded Conquistadores were upset Thursday by Narbonne in the CIF Los Angeles City Section boys soccer playoffs.
Alfonso Moreno's 71st-minute goal lifted Gardena's Narbonne (16-6-4), which will play at third-seeded San Fernando (20-2-3) in Tuesday's semifinals, a rematch of the 2010 title game won by the team from the San Fernando Valley. The seventh-seeded Gauchos, who beat ECR in last year's playoffs, have won nine successive games.
El Camino Real (20-5-4), from Woodland Hills, has been on a mission since Rodriguez, the starting goalkeeper, was shot to death Jan. 11 outside his home after a West Valley League victory over Taft of Woodland Hills. The Conquistadores rallied to tie the score on Lucas Ladek's goal before halftime, and Moreno finished from Byron Rivera's pass to lift the South Bay school.
ECR walked off the field in disappointment. “We really wanted that ring,” senior midfielder Danny Cruz told the Los Angeles Daily News. “We wanted to get it for Pancho.”
San Fernando extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games, beating Jefferson on penalties after a scoreless draw. The other semifinal will pit top-seeded Bell, a 1-0 winner over Palisades, against Fremont, which routed Belmont, 3-0.
SEEING RED: Foshay Learning Center on Thursday upset Annenberg, eliminating the top-seeded team in Small Schools division to advance to next week's semifinals.
The result was reversed, and Annenberg reinistated, on Friday morning. The reason: a red card.
Foshay head coach Bartolomo Perez was ejected during the quarterfinal match, and that's a real no-no in the City Section.