Los Angeles Soccer: Ricky Ruiz

YOUTH: Cal South girls win ODP titles

March, 13, 2012
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The best youth girls soccer in the country is played in Southern California. Need proof? How about Cal South's sweep at the Olympic Development Program national championships last weekend in Frisco, Texas.

Cal South, the U.S. Soccer-affiliated governing body of soccer in So Cal, won the girls 1995 and 1996 titles. The boys teams finished third in both ODP competitions.

West Covina's Kayla Mills (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy), who plays for Newport Beach-based club Slammers, was the star for the '95 girls, scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory over New Jersey in Sunday's final after tallying the opener in a 5-0 romp over Georgia in the semifinals.

Also scoring against Georgia were Mills' Slammers teammates Savannah Levin (Newport Coast/Tarbut V'Torah School) and MacKenzie Cerda (Fountain Valley/Edison HS), Legends' Meilessah Rangel (Chino/Chino Hills HS) and So Cal Infinity's Sarah Fajnor (Fullerton/Sunny Hills HS). Levin is the younger sister of Stanford All-American Camille Levin, a first-round selection in January's Women's Professional Soccer draft.

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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: Ventura conquers Marina's D

February, 29, 2012
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Ventura High School's boys soccer team had scored 99 goals in its first 29 games. Marina's had conceded eight in its first 27. When the teams faced off in Tuesday's CIF Southern Section Division I semifinal, the advantage went to the Cougars.

J.J. Leon scored a goal and assisted another -- delivering a cross for Erick Sandoval -- to send Ventura (23-0-7) to a 2-0 victory over their Huntington Beach-based foe (18-3-7) and into Saturday night's final against second-seeded Millikan (25-2-4).

The Rams, from Long Beach, rallied from a two-goal deficit after just 15 minutes to tie Los Angeles' Loyola (22-4-6) in the other D1 semi, then prevailed on penalties when Steven Barrera made two saves in the shootout.

Millikan, in its second final in four years, received goals from Kyle Nicolau before halftime and Jaime Salazar in the closing minutes.

In other CIF Southern Section boys semifinals:

Capistrano Valley 2, La Sierra 1: The Cougars (11-12-4), from Mission Viejo, scored twice in the final three minutes to upset Riverside's La Sierra (18-5-5) and reach their second straight Division 2 final. Kevin Baboiyan knocking home the rebound when Eagles goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez saved Dylan Browning's penalty kick, and Browning netted the winner a minute later, appearing to deflect the ball into the net with his upper arm.

Valley View 2, Coachella Valley 1: Danny Rivas scored with four minutes to go in regulation to tie the score and Miguel Hernandez tallied in overtime to lead the second-seeded Eagles (19-2-6), from Moreno Valley, to a 2-1 Division 2 triumph at Thermal's Coachella Valley (14-7-1).

Paramount 3, Santa Ana Valley 1: Tommy Osorio scored in the fourth minute, Danny Garcia in the 15th, and the second-seeded Pirates (21-4-3) continued their quest for a third successive Division 3 championship. It was Paramount's third postseason victory over the Falcons (17-8-2) in three seasons, including a triumph en route to the Southern California Regional championship -- the closest thing California has to a state title -- two years ago.

Channel Islands 2, Palmdale 0: Everaldo Fernandez converted a 62nd-minute penalty kick and Hector Mottu scored nine minutes later as the Raiders (19-2-4), from Oxnard, toppled Palmdale (25-4-0) in a Division 3 clash.

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