Los Angeles Soccer: Oaks Christian School

PREPS: Oaks makes it two in a row

March, 10, 2012
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Oaks Christian School did something Friday evening no girls high school soccer team had done before: captured a second straight Southern California Regional title.

The Lions (23-5-1), from Westlake Village, picked up goals by Jessica Burns in the 74th minute and Kaycee Buckley in the 75th to take down Marymount (21-5-4) for the second time in a week, posting a 2-0 victory in the girls Division III final at Warren High School in Downey.

Buckley's goal was her 32nd of the season.

Oaks Christian gave the CIF-Southern Section its fourth straight title in the Division and became the second team to win back-to-back regional titles, the closest thing to a state championship in California prep soccer. Salesian, from Los Angeles, won Division III boys titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Oaks waited until the end to break a scoreless draw with Marymount, from Bel-Air. The Lions last weekend scored twice in the first 12 minutes -- both by Bianca Deardorff from Buckley assists -- to beat the Sailors, 2-1, in the Southern Section Division 4 final.

In Friday's other final:

Crossroads 2, McFarland 0: The surprising Roadrunners (18-7-3) completed a magical postseason by winning the boys Division III title over the Central Section power located about 25 miles north of Bakersfield.

Nick Santhiago set up both goals for Crossroads, from Santa Monica, delivering corner kicks headed by Willy Gansa and Nate Merchant. Both were cleared off the goal line, but the referee ruled each time the ball had crossed into the net.

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PREPS: Los Osos rises -- to No. 1?

March, 4, 2012
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Tamia Hasan scored 10 minutes into the second half, and Los Osos High School held off a late Sunny Hills charge to win the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship Saturday night at Mission Viejo High School.

A No. 1 national ranking might come with it.

Los Osos, from Rancho Cucamonga, came into the game at No. 2 in the ESPNHS Fab 50 national rankings, and the Grizzlies (23-0-3) figure to rise after its 1-0 triumph. No. 1 Westview, from San Diego, was beaten by Carlsbad's La Costa Canyon in the CIF San Diego Section's Division II title game.

No. 5 Aliso Niguel, from Aliso Viejo, also could vault to the front after beating No. 4 San Clemente -- the only team it had lost to this season -- in Friday night's Southern Section Division 1 final. Carroll, from Southlake, Texas, is No. 3 in ESPN's winter rankings.

Los Osos was officially the underdog, seeded second, behind Fullerton's Sunny Hills (30-1-0), but they took charge after halftime as forward Ifeoma Onumonu sent in the ball for Hasan to finish.

“I haven't stopped crying yet,” Los Osos coach Mychal Armstrong told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. “These girls are such a great group. They deserve this.”

In other Southern Section finals Saturday:

Claremont 2, Bishop Amat 0: Goalkeeper Amanda Garvin made three spectacular saves and the Wolfpack (27-1-4) extended their shutout streak to seven games while winning the girls Division 3 championship, played, like all of the Southern Section girls finals, at Mission Viejo. Defender Taylor Fortson nodded home a corner kick in the 28th minute and Merin Arft tallied at the start of the second half to send Claremont past defending champion Bishop Amat (22-5-4), from La Puente.

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PREPS: All-South Coast final in D1

February, 29, 2012
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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.

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PREPS: Southern Section girls soccer finals

March, 6, 2011
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Tiny Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy celebrated its first season at the top level of CIF Southern Section girls soccer by beating a giant in the title game.


Sophomore midfielder Krista Meaglia's soft-touch goal in the second half carried the Tologs (21-1-1), from La Caņada Flintridge, to a 1-0 triumph over San Clemente in Friday night's Division 1 final at Mission Viejo High School.

The title was the first in girls soccer for Flintridge Sacred Heart, a 400-student, all-girls Catholic school that won the Southern California Regional Division III championship a year ago. San Clemente (18-3-8), making its fourth successive D1 title-game appearance, has won five top-division finals in the past 10 years.

The top-seeded Tritons were the better side most of the match and didn't concede a shot on goal until the 66th minute, not until Flintridge Sacred Heart got its counterattack going. Meaglia's goal arrived soon after, in the 68th minute, with a gentle touch to put the ball in off the left post to finish a sequence from Jillian Jacobs to Katie Johnson.

Both teams are expected to receive berths Sunday in the Southern California Regional Championships, with San Clemente in Division I and the Tologs in Division III.

Southern Section finals Friday and Saturday also were played at Warren High School in Downey.

In other championship games:

DIVISION 2
Buena (Ventura) 2, Wilson (Long Beach) 0

Wake Forest-bound Riley Ridgik scored both goals to lead the Bulldogs (20-5-4) to their fifth girls soccer title and first since 2005. Both goals were from headers off set pieces, with Ridgik rising to nod home a Macey Herrera free kick in the 10th minute and a Miranda Campos corner kick in the 34th. The Bruins tried to disrupt Buena with physical play but were unable to mount much of an attack, were outshot, 10-1, and finished without coach Jason Kirkwood, who was ejected in the 83rd minute.

DIVISION 3
Bishop Amat (La Puente) 1, Ayala (Chino Hills) 0

The Lancers (27-1-0) rode Natalie Rivas' hot streak and staunch defense to claim their first girls soccer title, knocking off the only team to beat them this season. Rivas' 26th-minute backward header from Jessie Gener's long free kick beat diving Ayala goalkeeper Alicen Wright and went in off the left post, her fifth playoff goal after scoring just three during the regular season. Alyssa Cabral was pivotal defensively for the Lancers, shutting down University of Virginia-bound forward Makenzy Doniak, who netted four goals in the Bulldogs' 6-2 triumph in early December.

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