Girls Soccer: Bishop Amat and Los Altos both win, a game away from mammoth rematch in championship; Sierra Vista wins easy again, 5-0

CIF-SS Girls Soccer Playoffs
Tuesday’s semifinals
Division 4
Sultana at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Granite Hills at Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Alverno at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.

Sierra Vista game story: Lizbeth “Chata” Rodriguez, dropping into midfield to find the ball and a little space to operate, scored two goals and set up a third in the first 11 minutes of the second half to lead Sierra Vista to a 5-0 romp and into the semifinals for the first time.

Amat game story in Santa Maria Times: However, by the match’s end it was a herculean comeback by the visiting Lancers that squashed the Knights’ upset bid, ending one of the greatest soccer seasons in St. Joseph history.

By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
— Bringing new meaning to the phrase, “survive and advance,” the Los Altos High School girls soccer team held its collective breath as Santa Ynez’s 32-goal scorer Alisa Silsbee broke free in stoppage time on a defensive breakdown, leaving her all alone with Los Altos goalkeeper Justine Padilla. Silsbee’s shot, however, hit the left post and Emily Ineman’s follow skidded wide, allowing the Conquerors to escape with a 1-0 victory over the Pirates (18-7-4) in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinal at La Puente High School on Friday. (To Continue, click thread).

Friday’s Girls Soccer quarterfinals
Division 4

Bishop Amat 3, Santa Maria St. Joseph 2
Sultana 2, La Serna 1, sudden death OT
Los Altos 1, Santa Ynez 0
Granite Hills 5, Serrano 0
Division 7
Sierra Vista 5, St. Paul 0
Alverno 3, Cate 1

“That was horrible,” said Los Altos sweeper Lauren Velasquez, who was superb to that point. “All you can do is pray it misses, and it did. What an indescribable feeling.”
The third-seed Conquerors (25-1-2) advance to Tuesday’s semifinals, where they will host second-seed Granite Hills, a 5-0 winner over Serrano.
“When a defense like ours faces an offense like that, something is going to give,” Los Altos coach Chris Reeder said, “That breakdown was a coaches nightmare. But you know what, we survived it. Someone’s looking down on us.”
Both teams played solid defensively, allowing few chances during the run of play until Los Altos’ Amy Shubin delivered a perfect chip into space for sophomore Malaysia Avery, whose quick shot grazed off Pirates goalkeeper Jessica Mauk and rolled in for the lone goal and game winner in the 54th minute.
Bishop Amat 3,
St. Joseph 2

In another Division 4 quarterfinal, The top-seed Lancers (27-0-2) fought back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficit’s to pull out a thriller when freshman Yazmin Montoya scored in the 70th minute to break a 2-2 tie and send the Lancers to the semifinals at home on Tuesday against Sultana, a 2-1 sudden-death winner over La Serna.
Demi Lomeli and April Juarez also scored for the Lancers.

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  • JFR

    It’s official, CIF is on drugs. I was reading the paper today and noticed that the amat girls beat Camarillo (Ventura county) and now get to play Rim in (San Bern county). With the money crunch the way it is just makes this plain stupid.

  • SGV Dad

    Check this out:
    St. Joes Santa Maria (Ventura county) plays La Quinta (Riverside county) today, thats only a 560 mile round trip – YES 280 miles one-way! This has to be the farthest trip any team will have to endure this post season.

    If St. Joes wins and Amat wins, Amat will travel to St. Joes thats a 344 mile round trip.

    Todays adventure to Rim of the World is only a 140 mile round trip.

    I recall Bonita and Los Altos made similar trips the last couple of years.

    Good Luck and safe travels to all the teams from the SGV. I think if St. Lucys plays their ‘A’ game they can knock off FSH.

  • amat parent

    how about the classes the kids are missing. Good job CIF. Why not play road game with this type of distance on Saturdays.

  • #1 Seed

    So much for being the #1 seed. Amat to Lake Arrowhead today then off to Santa Maria if they both win. Does anyone know if a semi-final game is not allowed at a home field like basketball?

  • LA Futbol

    This has always been an issue in the CIF playoffs. But SOMEONE has to play Rim of the World. SOMEONE has to play La Quinta. CIF tries as hard as they can to keep teams relatively close to their home sights in the first round. This is not always true but they do their best.

    As you get into later rounds CIF can’t ensure that teams play close by. This is simply not an option.

    I wonder if Amat will be complaining if the make it to the State Playoffs and have to travel up North?

    Stop complaining and be happy that you are having success. There are a lot of sad girls who would love to be taking a 560-mile round trip to play in the 2nd round of CIF.

  • FredJ

    Yes you can play your home games at home in the semifinals in soccer

  • State Playoff?

    There is no state playoff for soccer. Only a So Cal Regional Playoff. Northern California plays high school soccer in the fall. Go to for more info. After division championships then Regional Playoffs start and all teams are divided by school population. Only 3 divisions.

  • adhsfhmjs

    yeah stop complaining about traveling far, most kids in high school look forward to traveling for games. you should be happy about how successful amat is not how far they have to travel, geez.

  • go amat

    Amat won 4-0

  • Regent For Life

    I witnessed the FSH and Lucys game. Lucys has a great team, but man o man that FSH team is really good. Expect good things from them.

  • diogenes

    Los Altos 2, CAlifornia 0 at the Whittier school. CalHi made a game of it. Good speed and a number of shots on goal. Los Altos pretty much controlled the action, though, and pressured the Condors the whole time, with goals by Sarah Johnson and Lauren Stupin and lots of other opportunities. Next stop?

  • Anon

    San Dimas HS, 2
    Calvary Murrieta, 3 (2 OT)
    Winning goal was clearly offsides; horrible way to lose a game

    San Dimas scoring:
    Maribel Duran
    Shannon McKee

    Great season, Saints girls!

  • Saintsgirlsr4real2

    Yes, the Saints played a great game today – dominating for most of the game. Lost on a questionable break away that was for sure off sides. And several other questionable calls, like when the coach tended to a player but the player was allowed to stay in the game? Saints girls have nothing to be ashamed of, played awesome. Hate that we always get a ‘private school’ in the second round.

  • Picture advise

    Fred, really. That is a great picture of Lauren but every time you run it I feel sorry for the heavier girl trying to keep up with her. Looks like she is going to have a heart attack

  • Blah

    Top half of the D-4 bracket looks like this:

    Amat vs St. Josephs/SM

    La Serna vs Sultana

    Wouldn’t that be a great semi-final in Amat v La Serna?

    Both teams though will have their hands full with their respective opponents. Good luck!

  • soccer lvr

    Sierra Vista won against St. Matthias. 9-1

    Fred, is this good enough for you? Or does SV still have to “prove” themselves to you?

    Just wondering.

    The Lady Dons play against St. Paul on Friday. SV already played against them preseason with SV winning 5-2.

  • LA Fan/Dad

    Santa Ynez Beats Pacifica Oxnard 4-0.

    I believe this means La Girls will play Santa Ynez this Friday at home (on are beautiful field :().

    Go LA

  • Scores



    Second round, Wednesday

    Esperanza 4, Trabuco Hills 0

    Murrieta Valley 1, Palos Verdes 0

    Capistrano Valley 3, Long Beach Poly 0

    Santa Margarita 2, Los Osos 1

    Moorpark 2, Edison 1 (OT)

    Long Beach Wilson 3, Buena 0

    Mater Dei 0, Los Alamitos 0 [Mater Dei advances, 4-2 on penalties]

    San Clemente 1, Royal 0


    Second round, Wednesday

    Harvard Westlake 1, El Dorado 0

    Laguna Hills 1, Valencia 1 [Laguna Hills advances, 7-6 on penalties]

    Redlands East Valley 3, Hart 1 [Redlands East Valley advances, 3-1 on penalties]

    Corona del Mar 1, Crescenta Valley 0

    Beckman 2, Burbank 1

    Ayala 1, Anaheim Canyon 0

    Saugus 5, Yucaipa 2

    Flintridge Sacred Heart 5, St. Lucy’s 0


    Second round, Wednesday

    Corona Santiago 3, Estancia 0

    Arroyo Grande 0, Patriot 0 [Arroyo Grande advances, 4-2 on penalties]

    Bloomington 2, Mayfair 1 (OT)

    Sunny Hills 2, Canyon Springs 1

    King 2, Cypress 1 (OT)

    Chadwick 2, Righetti 1

    San Luis Obispo 3, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 1

    Troy 3, Arlington 0


    Second round, Wednesday

    Bishop Amat 4, Rim of the World 0

    Santa Maria St. Joseph 2, La Quinta 0

    Sultana 3, Silverado 1

    La Serna 4, Oxnard 0

    Los Altos 2, California 0

    Santa Ynez 4, Oxnard Pacifica 0

    Serrano 0, Lakewood St. Joseph 0 [Serrano advances, 5-4 on penalties]

    Granite Hills 4, Cajon 2


    Second round, Wednesday

    Oaks Christian 2, Downey 1 (OT)

    Lakeside 2, Cerritos Valley Christian 1

    Notre Dame Academy 3, Maranatha 0

    Ocean View 1, Whittier Christian 0

    Marymount 1, Brentwood 0

    Oak Park 3, Los Amigos 0

    Warren 2, St. Bonaventure 1

    South Torrance 3, Ramona Convent 1


    Second round, Wednesday

    Lancaster Desert Christian 11, Arrowhead Christian 0

    Calvary Murrieta 3, San Dimas 2

    Santa Paula 3, Milken 1

    St. Margaret’s 3, Schurr 0

    Malibu 3, Mammoth 0

    San Jacinto 4, Viewpoint 0

    Woodcrest Christian 2, Desert Hot Springs 1

    Ontario Christian 1, Oxford Academy 0


    Second round, Wednesday unless noted

    CAMS 3, Azusa 0

    Laguna Blanca 2, Arroyo 1

    Animo Leadership 3, St. Monica 1

    St. Genevieve 3, Vistamar 1

    Alverno 8, South El Monte 1

    Cate 5, New Community Jewish 2 [Monday]

    St. Paul 2, Saddleback Valley Christian 1 (OT)

    Sierra Vista 9, St. Matthias 1

  • Anon

    Come on San Dimas. Have some class when you lose. Crying about this and that. You lost a good game so go out with class next time!! All that talk this year and couldn’t back it up once again!!

  • LA Fan/Dad

    Justine Padilla has overtaken the second spot in career saves. Prior to todays game she was 1 short of tying for #2, but she added 9 saves today to put her in second by herself.

    No. Player/School Years
    749 Kari Bates, Gahr 1992-96
    517 Justine Padilla Los Altos 2006-10
    509 Kim McCaskey, San Marcos 1993-96
    471 Valerie Vanderwest, Buena Park 1994-96

    Congratulations Justine!!!

    The difficult part for her this year is that she has such a good defense, so didn’t have the touches that she expected this year, and still manage to get 133 saves, 21 shutouts with 9 goals against so far.


  • diogenes

    Back, again. Kudos to Ayala in Division 2 and Sierra Vista in Division 7 for advancing in their playoffs. The Elite Eight in Division 4 are all among the top 10 seeded teams in the last division coaches poll. No 1 Bishop Amat is away again. The road warrior Lancers, 25-0-2 go to No 8 Santa Maria St. Joseph’s, 21-5-2, in a titanic between the division’s last two private schools. No 2 Granite Hills, 22-3-1, gets their third consecutive playoff home game against No 6 Serrano, 21-4-3. No 3 Los Altos, 24-1-2, will be at home with Coastal Tri-County power No 7 Santa Ynez, 18-6-4. No 4 La Serna, 20-5-1, also stays home to battle No 5 Sultana, 19-3-3.

    Anyone notice that a pocket of power for girl’s soccer, at least in this division, exists among near neighbors Amat, Los Altos, and La Serna. A number of players for these three schools have grown up playing with and against each other on AYSO and club teams. Acknowledging the abilities of their opposition in the quarter finals, it is possible that all three will make the semis along with seemingly certain Granite Hills. Where are semi final games played? Are they decided by coin flip, tea leaves, fortune tellers, or people in power? Season records and seedings don’t seem to matter.

  • LA Fan/Dad

    diogenes; Hope this helps

    DIVISION 4 Semifinal Round – Tuesday, March 2

    *Bishop Amat vs Sultana Bishop Amat Automatic
    *Bishop Amat vs La Serna Bishop Amat Automatic

    *St. Joseph/ SM vs Sultana Coin Flip
    *St. Joseph/ SM vs La Serna Coin Flip

    Los Altos vs *Serrano Coin Flip
    *Los Altos vs Granite Hills Los Altos Automatic

    *Santa Ynez vs Serrano Coin Flip
    *Santa Ynez vs Granite Hills Santa Ynez Automatic

    * indicates home team

  • kurmugin

    Speaking of power balances, in Division 4, the quarterfinalists include two teams from the Los Padres League, Santa Ynez and Saint Joseph’s, and two from the Mojave River League, Sultana and Serrano. The last two, with Granite Hills from the Desert Sky League, give the Upper Desert area three of the eight still playing. Must be the clean air and sweet water.

  • FredJ

    FYI, just found out Los Altos is playing at La Puente high tomorrow — smart move considering it might rain.


    SD is not trying to whin, just stating facts. Still, played a fantastic game dispite loosing their top player to the National Team just before the playoffs. Good Luck JJ – We missed you yesterday!!!

  • soccer lvr

    With LA playing at La Puente HS at 3 pm and Sierra Vista at St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs) at 5 pm, it looks like I will be able to watch both games or atleast half of LA.

    If anyone comes to see Sierra Vista, come and say hi. I am the one with the video camera and cheering LOUD! Not sure how many parents will be able to come to this away game, but if we move on we will be playing at home when we meet again with Alverno in the Semi’s.

  • SoccerCoach

    On behalf of Ayala, thank you for the kudos.

  • Huh?

    Ummm, did that just say that St. Paul is 8-14-2 and in the Quarterfinals?

    Wow, Div. 7 is HORRIBLE! Sierra Vista better win it all.

  • blah

    Actually La Serna travels to Sultana tomorrow for their quarterfinals match.

  • LA Soccer Dad

    Diogenes said:
    “Acknowledging the abilities of their opposition in the quarter finals, it is possible that all three will make the semis along with seemingly certain Granite Hills. Where are semi final games played?”

    Would not be surprised to see that all games including the semi’s are played at Granite Hills HS !! Someone said earlier how their coach is on the CIF Div. 4 Coach’s Advisory Committee? or something like that…I am starting to believe it!

  • Kudos to the young Ms. Carlos

    Vanessa Carlos should be congratulated for her actions, or in this case her non actions, which made for an incredible season. “Team” out weighs self interest as Carlos comes back to help her friends continue a dream they started as Freshmen.

    Well done young lady, well done.

  • Question

    Just a quick question, how many refs are suppose to be at a CIF game? Is it three? Why do some schools only spring for 2? Is it because they can only find 2 that will sway the game in there direction and get in the way of the opposing team? Just wondering. Sure some of you soccer fans/involved dads might know.

  • Ben Dover

    Good Luck SV!! Bring it on home!!!

  • BTW – Just another way of thinking

    So the player had a chance of playing with a higher division team that may have put her in a position to get looked at by serious college coaches and let that go by to go back and play for a D7 school? Boy, that really was a tribute to wanting to play with her friends, or lack of ability to be on a real team. SV has only won one playoff game. Lets see what happens in the future. Not sure why they are D7 anyway, not that small of a school, are they? Nice placement for them, huh?

  • SoccerCoach


    The number of refs (whether it be two sharing the middle or a full group of 3) is entirely up to the home team and whether they want to cough up the extra 80 bucks for the third.

  • Questionable stat keeping

    I’m sure Justine Padilla is a great goalkeeper, but you have to question those save stats don’t you? That makes sense maybe on a team that doesn’t win often, but when you’re winning and is as as great defensively, how are you averaging that many saves a game? They only gave up nine goals all season right, which probably means she’s not exactly getting pounded every game. I can only assume every time she touchese the ball they’re giving her a save … something is up, there is no way a great team can have a goalkeeper among greatest save leaders of all time, if you have a great defense like they do, it just doesn’t seem possible.

  • answer

    Justine Padilla has been the starting goal keeper for Los altos since her freshman year. The stats are for a career and while they have a really good defense this year and were pretty strong last year. Her first two years she played she didn’t have a very good defense so this year yes she hasn’t been tested that much but an overall career her numbers are accurate

  • LA Fan/Dad

    Questionable stat keeping said;

    Couldn’t just say congrats rt?, Had to make it into a negative.

    “I’m sure Justine Padilla is a great goalkeeper, but you have to question those save stats don’t you?”

    If you you would go to the games, you would see for yourself.

    Actually just go to max preps and look at her individual stats on a game by game basis. If they wanted to inflate her stats every game she would have had lots of saves. When you look at it there were some games she had hardly any.

    Also look at Bishop’s keeper stats.. They have a great defense this year rt? Only 5 goals against them, then explain their saves?

    You see when you play good teams they shoot at goal and the keeper stops it, regardless of how good your defense is. Some of the hottest scorers have been blanked this year By LA. Also remember that when a defense is discussed that includes the keeper.

    Not all saves have to be in the keepers hands, they could be punched away etc.

    Next time a simple nice job would suffice.

  • LA Futbol


    Define what a “save” is please? Now go ask five different coaches. I bet you’ll get six different definitions.

    Saves are one of those ambiguous stats that are up to the coaches and stat keeper to decide. When does a keeper touch warrant a save? Everyone differs.

    I’ll tell you this though…most coaches out there are going to be pretty liberal with these stats (saves, assists, etc). But can you blame them? It’s in the best interest of the kid to pump them up. It’s like a tackle in football…all football coaches are loose with who gets the tackle. They keep stats to benefit the kids and help them get recognized. Can you blame them?

  • Just curious

    Question and SoccerCoach,

    I was wondering the same thing. SC, thanks for answering. I just watched a 2-ref game, which went to the home team on a clearly wrong ref call. The ref then went to his car, changed his clothes, and went back to the field to the home team. Maybe he was going back to get his check, I don’t know. But it sure didn’t look right. There were several calls and non-calls that went in the home team’s favor. Usually it ends up being a wash, but definitely not in this game.

    Now I’m wondering why a private school couldn’t/wouldn’t pay the extra $80 for another referee.

  • Anon II

    A save is defined as any ball that the goalie collects that would otherwise go into the goal. Technically, a catch on a cross or corner kick that would otherwise need assistance to go into the goal is not considered a save, but a ball dribbling towards the goal that the goalie easily collects is a save. So what is the point of collecting these stats if the ones that are easy get counted and ones that may save games do not? I much rather look at a goalie’s shut outs, which Justine has plenty, to show their worth. If you keep the ball out of the goal it is a shutout, of course you have to have at least one “save” to make it count!

  • Saintsgirlsr4real2

    FYI Everyone. The team that beat San Dimas on Wednesday lost 9-1 tonight and blamed it on the refs. How in the world do you blame a 9-1 loss on the refs. At least when we complain its CLOSE!!!lololololololol

  • amat parent

    To: la futbal, Los Altos public school FREE. Amat private school TUITION, thats why we are complaining.

  • soccer lvr

    BTW – Just another way of thinking said:
    “Boy, that really was a tribute to wanting to play with her friends, or lack of ability to be on a real team.”

    This is what I mean, so much negativity. Sierra Vista is doing a great job, they are going to the semis on Tuesday, and you say something negative about an awesome player.

    Is that jeolousy? Let me tell you there is no lack of ability. You havent seen her play, or for that matter any of her team mates. We have a wonderful team this year. Everything is clicking with the WHOLE team.

    AND believe me, Vanessa Carlos (and others) are being noticed. Where is Charter Oak in the playoffs? Carlos is about the team not about herself, which is the way it should be. Charter Oak did not make her a better team, the coaching staff at Sierra Vista did, why should Charter Oak benefit from this? (and I am not saying Charter Oak is not a good team, they are)

    She started playing with this group of young ladies since their freshmen years. They became a strong team together. They didnt transfer from other schools already “players.” They became a great team together with their coaches. They didnt go out and scout and make a team.

    These young ladies have worked hard for what they have achieved. How DARE you say she has no ability to play on a real team! They are a real team and have worked their butts off to get here. NOW they have won TWO playoff games! Unless your team is LA or BA, I hear alot of sour grapes.

    My own daughter had a chance to play at a school with a higher division, and she just told me on the drive home after winning tonight that she is so glad that she didnt go there. And I agree with her!

  • SoccerCoach

    Just Curious,

    So you know, bad, bad, bad officiating occurs whether it is a 3 man or 2 man system. There simply aren’t enough good officials out there and to be honest I blame myself and other soccer coaches for not pushing their players harder to get into reffing. Had a 3 man system last night and got jobbed just as bad as any 2 man system I’ve ever encountered. Congrats to Amat and Los Altos (and there are a couple D1 and D2 teams that want to play you guys in the preseason if you are willing – calls have been made but no responses.)

  • amat
  • diogenes

    In all the hoopla regarding girl’s soccer playoffs, the Sierra League’s Ayala’s efforts have gone pretty much unnoticed. They made it to the Division 2 quarter finals and lost to Beckman, 1-0. Good job Bulldogs,

    Interesting to note that defending champions are still in the title chase in 5 of the 7 divisions. San Clemente in Div 1, Corona Santiago in Div 3, Sultana in Div 4, South Torrance in Div 5, Deseert Christian in Div 6, and Alverno in Div 7.

    Also interesting that three of Los Altos’ regular season opponents are still in the mix. Amat, of course, Div 6 Ontario Christian, won by LA 2-0, and Div 3’s Corona Santiago, who scored LA’s only loss of the year in the NOCC tourney, 3-1.

    Ayala beater Beckman has the unenviable task of dealing with Flintridge-Sacred Heart, described by Fred Robledo as the best team he has seen all year, in the Div 2 semis. That winner will probably get Harvard Westlake in the final. Div 4’s Granite Hills seems to be elevating their game in the playoffs, winning (all home games) 2-0, 4-2, and 5-0. In contrast, semi final foe Los Altos has won 7-0, 2-0, and 1-0, only one of which, the first, was truly at home. Sultana has taken their three, 3-2, 3-2, and 2-1, two at home, and Amat has won 4-0, 4-0, and 3-2, the last two really away. Sierra Vista will have their hands full with 09 champ Alverno. One aside, the La Puente field is really good, but there needs to be a couple of fielders at each end to retrieve missed kicks on goal. Delayed play a lot with all the scoring attempts Friday.

  • kurmugin

    There is an easier way to the Amat story. brings up the contact,click on that, click on sports, then high schools and the story. Lots of detail. Amat coach called the game the toughest they’ve had all year. Sounds like it. What say you, Los Altos?

  • LA Soccer Dad

    Here is the the actual quote from the Santa Maria Times regarding the BA parents assessment of the quality of the teams they have played this year:
    “I personally was approached by one of the Amat parents at the end of the game who expressed that St. Joseph was the best competition they had faced all year and that they needed to play more teams of the same calibur. The Amat parent went on to say that they had been looking forward to their Club season due to a lack of quality soccer, but the game with the KNIGHTS renewed their faith in high school soccer”

    I am assuming this attitude also includes Los Altos who they ‘slammed’ 0-0! Very typical of the kind of arrogance exhibited by the BA faithful all year…All I can say is….we sure are looking forward to the rematch so LA can exhibit some more ‘low-quality’ soccer in a victory over the superior ‘high-quality’ Prancers!! GO LA

  • ????

    LA Soccer Dad,
    Only YOU! Could take what was intended as a compliment and turn it around and start whining about Amats Girls Soccer team. Boy oboy is Amat all in your head, whenever you see something related to Amat you break it down by mislabeling and misquoting to produce a result that proves only what you hear in your head to be true. St. Joes, LA, Serrano and La Serna are all quality teams that compete at a very high level. Each game that Amat has played against them was decided by 1 goal or less (except Serrano). If you call that Superior or Slamming an opponent go for it, but most Amat soccer parents are pretty well grounded and we know that any one of those games could have had a different result. Good luck on Tuesday!!

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