Los Angeles Soccer: Palisades High School

PREPS: Fremont prevails in OT

March, 4, 2012
Fremont High School won its first CIF Los Angeles City Section boys soccer title in nearly two decades Saturday night, but it took just a little longer than the Pathfinders thought it would.

Emmanuel Corona's bicycle kick seven minutes into overtime gave the South Los Angeles school a 2-1 triumph over San Fernando in the Large Schools final at Contreras Learning Center in downtown L.A.

The game was a rematch of the 2010 final, won by San Fernando.

Fremont (19-4-4), which last won a boys soccer title in 1993, appeared to score the winner with four minutes to play in regulation, when San Fernando goalkeeper Erick Garcia was whistled for a foul in the box, and Jose Alvarez converted the penalty kick. The Tigers (21-3-3) rallied on Omar Vasquez's header with 27 seconds to go.

In other City Section finals:

El Camino Real 6, Palisades 0: The Conquistadores (22-2-2) finished their easy march through the Divisional bracket, claiming their 11th top-tier girls title in a dozen years as Dylann O'Connor, Zoe Fishman and Jackie Hilario scored two goals each. Chatsworth also has 11 titles, most in City girls soccer.

El Camino Real, from Woodland Hills, outscored four playoff opponents, 28-0. Palisades (17-5-0), from Pacific Palisades, gave ECR its toughest battle.

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PREPS: ECR, Palisades in title rematch

February, 29, 2012

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.

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PREPS: L.A. City Section soccer finals

March, 6, 2011

El Camino Real High School's 10th CIF L.A. City Section girls soccer title required something extraordinary. Jackie Altschuld provided it.

The sophomore forward scored a spectacular goal 27 minutes into overtime Saturday night at Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles to lift the top-seeded Conquistadores (20-2-3) past Palisades, 1-0, and into double digits.

ECR, from Woodland Hills, becomes the seventh team in state history to win at least 10 sectional titles and the second in the L.A. City Section. Chatsworth has won 11, but the Conquistadores' trophies have been won in 11 seasons.

Altschuld lifted the ball over a defender's head, raced past her to collect and fired into the upper-left corner with just three minutes to go before a penalty-kick shootout. ECR is unbeaten in its past 30 games against City Section opposition and is 48-1 in City playoff games since losing in the 2000 semifinals.

Dylann O'Connor nearly decided the match twice, but she hit the right post in the 69th minute and Pali goalkeeper Kiki Bailey made a superb save on her header three minutes before Altschuld struck.

Palisades, from Pacific Palisades, finished 24-1-0.

All L.A. City Section finals Friday and Saturday were played at Contreras.

In other championship games:

South East (South Gate) 0, Banning (Wilmington) 0, OT
(South East wins on penalties, 4-3)

Goalkeeper Juan Escobar was the hero, making two saves in the penalty-kick shootout to give the second-seeded Jaguars (20-2-11) their first boys soccer title. Escobar made a diving save on Alejandro Diaz on the fourth round of kicks to give South East command, then stopped Brian Gonzalez on Banning's next attempt to start the celebration. Escobar also made big saves on Joseph Jimenez and Peter Velazquez in the first 10 minutes and halted Jose Monroy one-on-one in the dying moments of regulation.

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