The state junior college brackets are out, and here's a group of death for you: L.A. Pierce (19-0-2), Cerritos (18-1-2) and Santiago Canyon (18-1-1). They're competing for one slot at the Dec. 3-5 final four at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita.
Pierce, from Woodland Hills, is the top women's seed in the Southern California. Cerritos, the No. 4 seed from Norwalk, won state titles in 2007 and 2008.
Defending state champ Santiago Canyon, from Orange, has been No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III (non-scholarship) poll since preseason, but a loss Nov. 9 to sixth-seeded Cypress (17-1-3) knocked it down to a fifth seed.
Second-seeded Ventura (15-3-2) and third-seeded San Bernardino Valley (16-1-3) join Cypress in the other So Cal bracket. Two teams from the South and two from NorCal advance to the final four. First round games are Saturday.
In the So Cal men's brackets, top-seeded Mt. San Antonio (15-1-4), from Walnut, and second-seeded Santa Ana (14-3-4) have first-round byes.
Eight of the Division III national top 15 men's teams are from California, with Northern California's Santa Rosa ranked third, Mt. SAC fourth and West Valley, from Saratoga (near San Jose), fifth. Eight of the top 15 women's teams also are from the state; Pierce is ranked third, Santa Rosa fifth and Cerritos seventh.
The No. 1 seeds in Northern California are Fresno City's men and Santa Rosa's women.
Here is Saturday's first-round So Cal schedule:
16/Long Beach City (Long Beach, 10-9-2) at 1/L.A. Pierce (Woodland Hills, 19-0-2), 2 p.m.
9/El Camino (Torrance, 12-6-3) at 8/Santa Monica (Santa Monica, 12-3-5), 6 p.m.
12/Chaffey (Rancho Cucamonga, 14-4-3) at 5/Santiago Canyon (Orange, 18-1-1), 11 a.m.
13/East L.A. (Monterey Park, 14-5-2) at 4/Cerritos (Norwalk, 18-1-2), 2 p.m.
14/Bakersfield (Bakersfield, 10-7-3) at 3/San Bernardino Valley (San Bernardino, 16-1-3), 2 p.m.
11/Miramar (San Diego, 19-1-0) at 6/Cypress (Cypress, 17-1-3), 2 p.m.
10/Moorpark (Moorpark, 12-5-2) at 7/Santa Barbara City (Santa Barbara, 15-3-2), 4 p.m.
15/San Diego Mesa (San Diego, 13-7-0) at 2/Ventura (Ventura, 15-3-2), 5 p.m.
1/Mt. San Antonio (Walnut, 15-1-4) has a bye
9/Oxnard (Oxnard, 12-4-5) at 8/L.A. Harbor (Harbor City, 9-4-7), 2 p.m.
14/Chaffey (Rancho Cucamonga, 10-8-2) at 3/Cerritos (Norwalk, 10-2-9), 11 a.m.
11/Palomar (San Marcos, 11-6-4) at 6/College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, 13-5-2), 4 p.m.
12/Allan Hancock (Santa Maria, 12-7-2) at 5/Santa Barbara City (Santa Barbara, 15-2-3), 1 p.m.
13/Rio Hondo (Whittier, 10-6-4) at 4/San Diego City (San Diego, 16-2-3), 2 p.m.
10/East L.A. (Monterey Park, 9-6-5) at Irvine Valley (Irvine, 14-4-2), 2 p.m.
2/Santa Ana (Santa Ana, 14-3-4) has a bye