Boys Soccer: Baldwin Park and Salesian win and will meet again; Mountain View continues defense of its title with gutty effort

It’s on folks, Salesian and Baldwin Park both won and will meet at Salesian in Tuesday’s semifinals, a rematch of last year’s Division 5 championship won by Salesian. I can’t think of a better way for the Braves to put their undefeated season on the line than against the team that beat them last…Meanwhile, the champions of the Valley, Mountain View, won 2-0 again despite not having reigning player of the year Diego Rodriguez, sidelined with a knee injury. Like former Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said, don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.

Below: This was the scene following Salesian’s 2-1 sudden death overtime win in last years championship over Baldwin Park….

By Fred J. Robledo
— In the moments that followed Baldwin Park High School’s 3-0 victory over Arroyo Grande in Thursday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinal, what the Braves players really wanted to know was the final outcome between La Canada and Salesian. It was Salesian than handed Baldwin Park its last defeat, a crushing 2-1 sudden-death overtime loss in last year’s Division 5 championship, sending the Braves on a mission ever since. After hearing that Salesian had just knocked off La Canada 1-0 in sudden death overtime, the Braves got their wish, a semifinal rematch at Salesian in Tuesday’s semifinals. (To continue click thread)

CIF-SS Boys Soccer
Thursday’s quarterfinals
Division 5

Baldwin Park 3, Arroyo Grande 0
Salesian 1, La Canda 0, sudden death OT
Division 6
Mountain View 2, Arrowhead Christian 0

“That’s the game we really wanted,” said Braves junior Christian Garcia, who scored in Thursday’s win. “We’ve got some revenge we have to payback, and we want to send our seniors out with (championship) rings.”
The top-ranked and undefeated Braves improved to 23-0-2 and are 46-2-2 since last year after beating Arroyo Grande (18-8-3), but they know the road must go through fourth-seed Salesian (18-4-2), a monster that has won three Division 5 titles since 2004.
Braves coach Ricardo Mira respects what they’ve accomplished, but that’s about it.
“I know we have to go through them, it’s the only way, but my issue has always been the same playing private schools that get to recruit, I’ll always have issues with that,” Mira said. “It’s a game that a lot of people want to see, so hopefully we can go there and show the strength of our program, and whatever happens, happens.”
The Braves started slow, but scored seconds before the halftime whistle when Edgar Padilla’s shot was mishandled by Eagles goalkeeper Bryan Rivas, allowing Ruben Zamarripa to score the first of his two goals to give the Braves a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute.
That seemed to spark the Braves, who scored again when Garcia headed home a cross from Andrew Gonzalez in the 49th minute, with Zamarripa closing it out by rifling home a left-footed shot in the 70th minute for the 3-0 lead.
“We’ve had problems getting off to good starts, and though that first goal sparked us, that was not our goal that was their error,” Mira said. “We played the way we’re capable of playing in the second half, but knowing who we’re playing next, we have to improve on our mistakes and our pressure if we want to get back to the championship.”

Division 6 Quarterfinals
Mountain View 2, Arrowhead Christian 0

After surviving the first two rounds by winning in sudden death overtimes, the defending champion and second-seed Vikings scored two-first half goals to advance to Tuesday’s semifinals, where they will host Pasadena Poly, a 3-0 penalty-kick winner over Tahquitz after that game finished scoreless after regulation and four overtimes.
The Vikings won without the area’s reigning player of the year, midfield architect Diego Rodriguez, who injured his knee in the second round and is doubtful for Tuesday’s game.
But others stepped up, Julio Fernandez heading home a throw-in from Fabian Villasenor in the 23rd minute, then Fernandez setting up Marcelo Rodriguez’s goal in the 26th minute to send them through to the semifinals.
“Even without Diego, we have players on the bench that can step up and they did,” Vikings coach Felipe Corona said.

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  • Soccer Fan

    Just heard that Sierra Vista lost a heartbreaker in PKs.

    Salesian and Baldwin Park both won on the road in 2nd round. Salesian will have to beat a HOT La Canada team on the road in the quarters to make it back to the semis. La Canada has not lost since December! A 17 game winning streak!

    BP won easily at Desert Hot Springs, 5-1!

    I’m hoping for a Salesian/Baldwin Park rematch in the semis. But both schools have some tough work to do in the quarters first!

  • SoccerFan

    Where are all those annoying Los Altos fans? They lose and they run to the hills…What was the score 2-1 or 2-0? Hopefully the girls will have a better showing…

  • Until We Meet Again

    Congrats to Baldwin Park, The Mustangs are doing there part and hopefully we can do it all over again. Too bad both of us can’t meet in the Championship Game. La Canada seems like a tough opponent. Haven’t seen Salesian this year but hopefully I can make it for the next round. Last year’s team was very skilled but suffered too many injuries to win back to back State Championships. Heard from many of my old team mates that Baldwin Park was going to be tough this year and they haven’t disappointed.

    Soccer Fan do you know what the Salesian score was? Too bad Fred doesn’t give all the scores in a division once they get to the quarterfinals. That would be nice for all sports as quite a few bloggers have ties to various schools still in contention. What do you say Fred?

  • Soccer Fan

    Salesian won 4-2.

  • l

    only the best of the best left…

  • annon

    North Torrance 2 DR 0. All local div-4 treams are done for this season.

  • kurmugin

    Thanks for the blog info. No room in the crowded pages of the paper for boys soccer results. Looks like travel is broadening for some. The Santa’s, Monica and Barbara, managed very well on the road, the latter edging out Chino Hills, 1-0, in what must have been a defensive battle and Santa Monica putting the hurt on Los Altos, 2-1, ending the Conqueror boys season. Baldwin Park’s 5-1 win at Desert Hot Springs proved our locals manage commuting pretty well, too. Not so for Glendora, who apparently gave a favored Riverside Poly all they could handle before losing 1-0. El Monte’s 4-0 loss to highly rated Oak Hills was sort of predictable. Mountain View’s OT 1-0 win over Cerritor Valley Christian was not. Most exciting game of the day, though, even for unconnected fans of the game, must have been Sierra Vista-Cathedral, going 4-3 to the Phantoms over our locals on PKs after ending in a 0-0 tie. Unless we were actually at one of these games we cam only guess at the details, but I will assume for the bulk of us that all the players, coaches, and officials performed well. The enemies of information, time, space, and staffing, win again.

  • LA Fan/Dad

    Soccer Fan, “annoying”? Looked at past soccer threads and no idea what you mean.

    LA lost 2-1.

    Hope your team is doing well, and good luck to them, and all the remaining SGV boys and girls teams.

  • diogenes

    Did anyone really look at the Mt. View game pic? Did you see the crowd in the background? Soccer is certainly alive and well on that campus. Lets hear it for futbol!

  • diogenes

    And then there were two. All of our area teams, if we had any, in Divisions 1, 2, 3, and 4 boys soccer are done. Stll standing for Thursday’s next round are Baldwin Park in Division 5 and Mountain View in Division 6. The Braves are home to Arroyo Grande and the Vikings host Arrowhead Christian. Rarified air at this point in the playoffs. They can see the top of their respective mountains from here. A couple more winning efforts and they are there. Best to both.

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  • annon

    Baldwin Park and Mountain View are great teams! It is unfortunate that they play in the lower divisions. I would love to see them play teams like Santa Barbara and La Mirada and represent the SGV!

  • FACT

    Divisions don’t really play a huge roll in soccer…

  • Mustang Soccer Pulling for Baldwin Park

    Thanks Fred for the Salesian updates. Best of luck to Baldwin Park, we’ll try and do our part as well. Let’s see if we can both get it done today.


    Salesian vs Baldwin Park @ Keegan Field !!!

    Last year it was a tremendous game and during the days preceding and following the hard fought game both side put on a clinic in class and mutual respect highlighted by Salesian’s Coach Johnson heart felt letter of encouragement.

    The “beautiful game” is once again front and center as both schools, fans and Alumni will converge @ Brother Tom Keegan Field. What a great way to showcase why high school sports are so vital to the development of all.

    Great job Salesian, great job Baldwin Park…now that’s how it’s done fellas!


  • Class Act

    Salesian’s Coach Johnson wrote this last year on this blog. I thought it appropriate to reflect on the words he wrote as Salesian and Baldwin Park continue their chase for a CIF Championship and continue to set the bar for sportsmanship and mutual respect at the high school level

    Coach Johnson said:

    Today’s game was a true classic. Both teams played with class, heart and skill- and represented their schools, families and communities, and the great game of soccer with honor.

    As a coach who has been on the losing side of some playoff heartbreakers, I know how the loss must hurt for the BP players, coaches, and fans. We at Salesian hope that the pain of your loss doesn’t overshadow the amazing accomplishments of your season. We have played some quality programs over the years, and in my opinion, you guys were right there at the top.

    Congratulations on taking BP as far as you did. I am sure that a CIF championship is part of the future of your program.

    Mark Johnson, Salesian coach

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