By Fred J. Robledo
The Baldwin Park high school boys soccer team has been the top-ranked team most of the season in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 polls, so it was no surprise the undefeated Braves (20-0-2) earned the No. 1 seed when the boys soccer playoff pairings were announced on Monday. All wild card games are today with the first round on Thursday. All games start at 3 p.m.
The Braves will open the first round against the winner of today’s wild card between Bolsa Grande (10-6-1) and South Pasadena (8-7-4).
The Braves advanced to last year’s championship, losing to tough Salesian 2-1, which is the fourth seed this year, setting up a possible rematch in the semifinals.
Valle Vista third-place finisher Northview (10-8-5) will be at West Hills’ New Community Jewish School (9-4-4) in today’s wild card, with the winner at Salesian (10-10-1) in the first round.
The Division 4 playoffs features an intriguing first-round game with Montview No. 2 La Puente (12-3-5) squaring off at Miramonte No. 2 Los Altos (17-5-3).
Montview League champion Sierra Vista (17-5) will host the wild-card winner between Rio Mesa (13-7-2) and Glendale (15-8-2).
Del Rey runner-up Bishop Amat (12-7-5) is at undefeated Suburban League runner-up La Mirada (19-0-4). Miramonte League champ Diamond Ranch (14-3-1) is home against the wild card winner between Azusa (8-8-3) and Fillmore (11-8-2).
In other Division 4 wild card games, Pasadena (7-5-6) is at Duarte (14-4-3) and Wilson (11-11-1) is home against Compton Centennial (7-7-3).
Glendora (16-4-5), fresh off its first Sierra League title in school history, is home in the first round against Lancaster Eastside (9-10-2), who finished third in the Golden League behind fourth-seed Palmdale and sturdy Knight.
Sierra third-place finisher Diamond Bar (12-7-1) is at Inland Valley champion Valley View (13-4-4).
After winning the San Antonio League title, its first boys soccer title since 1985, Rowland (13-7-4) opens the Division 3 playoffs with a first-round game against Los Padres third-place finisher Lompoc Cabrillo (11-8-4).
West Covina (9-10-3) is at Savanna (12-3-2) and Nogales (10-11-2) will play a wild card game at home against Temecula Valley (10-5-8), with the winner facing Sunkist League champ Norte Vista (12-6-4) in the first round.
Defending Division 6 champion Mountain View begins defense of its title as the No. 2 seed.
The Mission Valley League champion Vikings (12-4-3) open the first round against the winner of today’s wild-card between Citrus Hill (8-6-7) and Milken Community (4-6-5)
MVL third-place finisher South El Monte (9-5-5) is on the road in the first round at Olympic League champ Brentwood (13-3-3) while El Monte (9-4-5) is home against Desert Sky runner-up Silverado (8-4-4).