Los Angeles Soccer: Willy Gansa

PREPS: Oaks makes it two in a row

March, 10, 2012
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: Ventura conquers Marina's D

February, 29, 2012

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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