Boys Soccer: Baldwin Park No. 1 in Division 5; La Puente and Los Altos square off in D-4 first round

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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).

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  • BigDog

    Go Panthers Boys soccer

  • BRavesss

    Gooooooo braves!!!!!!!!

  • just

    I hope El Monte loses, they cheated and no one in the school district does anything about it. 2 of the players on the El Monte roster were playing outside league. Hopefully God punishes them like they did Rosemead. Mountain View, I wish you the best of luck. South El Monte, I wish you the best of luck too.

    To the writers of SGV Tribune, please make a note of investigating the case of the 2 players on El Monte High School.

  • ???

    Why does CIF restrict players from playing outside league?

  • highschoolsoccer

    Pasadena 1-0 Duarte
    Keep it up Bulldogs!

  • SoccerFan

    Wilson 2 Centennial 0

    I know Wilson won’t go far in the playoffs but it is amazing what they are doing with a bunch of freshmen and sophmores in that team. Good luck against Corona del mar

  • fan


    Easy big fellow! Beating a terrible 4th place team in the wildcard bracket is not even the 1st round of CIF! If you get past #2 ranked once beaten Coron Del Mar at Cornona Del Mar on Thursday…then you can brag about what a bunch of freshman and sophmores are doing! Corona Del Mar will welcome you to the real playoffs on Thursday!

  • SoccerFan

    Fan needs to read my post again, let me explain it to you as if you were a 7 year old:
    “I know Wilson won’t go far in the playoffs but it is amazing what they are doing with a bunch of freshmen and sophmores in that team”

    That means that I don’t think Wilson will go far but they are still doint it with 3 freshmen kids and 4 sophmores. Corona del Mar will probably kicked their butts but they still made CIF as a 3rd place team. Rules are the rules and they made it to CIF and it is not their fault they had to play in a Wildcard game. Why don’t you Go cry about girls soccer and Granite Hills…

  • fan

    SoccerFan…you are obviously new to HS soccer playoffs. Playing the wild card is for qualifying to the 1st round!Thursday you will be playing in the 1st round. Officially you are now in the CIF playoffs. Let us all know how you do on Thursday’s 1st round!

  • SoccerFan

    I am not a Wilson fan. I actually like all the San Gabriel teams and I happened to go to this game with a Wilson parent today. I am looking forward to seeing the match between Los Altos and La Puente. It is sad for CIF to match two teams from the valley in the first round. Basically, we are losing on of our representatives on the first round…too bad.

  • Tommy Rosemead

    What’s wrong with “Fan”? A-hole, it seems.

    And, uh, the wild-card round IS part of the playoffs. Tool.

  • WilsonFan

    I’m happy that Wilson entered the 1st round of the playoffs on Thursday. The players worked hard and deserve it. The boys put energy,heart and dominated/controlled the midfield. Yes, the team they played was an at large team but Wilson did the job to get to the first round. Anything can happen in the playoffs. The coaches finally seemed to recognize what parents and players have been telling them for a long time to put a strong mid player to control and distribute the ball and avoid huge gaps in the mid. They have some very talented Juniors/Seniors on the team too and are missing some very talented senior players on the team that were kept on the JV team. They are playing with a young team which is good for future teams at Wilson. Go Wilson!

  • LA Fan/Dad

    Congrats to the boys Wilson team and good luck

  • l

    BP will choke again… i say in the semi…

  • SGV Fan

    Yes, “fan” is wrong. The wildcard games are part of CIF playoffs. That’s why they are posted on the CIF Playoff page!! (just commom sense). If you still aren’t convinced then ask your school AD and they will confirm.

    So to explain it, the “Wildcard” games are CIF Playoffs. Yes, then the 1st round playoffs start. But all are part of CIF!!!