Girls Soccer playoffs: Natalie Rivas’ speed burns Walnut, Bishop Amat forward’s hat trick leads to 3-1 first-round victory; Los Altos wins 2-1

Tuesday’s CIF-SS Second Round Schedule
All games start at 3 p.m.
Division 2

Sunny Hills at Glendora
Division 3
Bonita at Righetti
Los Altos at Garden Grove Pacifica
St. Lucy’s at Serrano
Bishop Amat at Santa Maria St. Joseph
Division 6
Ocean View at Northview
Sierra Vista at San Marino
Alverno at San Dimas
Division 7
Bell Gardens at Arroyo

By Fred J. Robledo
If anyone is going to beat you, one would expect it to be Bishop Amat’s April Juarez, the one with 39 goals and 17 assists. But Bishop Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez noted how visiting Walnut loves to play on offside trap, so he turned speedy sophomore Natalie Rivas loose and she was off to the races. Rivas scored all three goals in Bishop Amat’s 3-1 victory over Walnut in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 girls soccer playoffs on Thursday. (To continue, click thread).

Below: Bishop Amat’s Natalie Rivas showing her stuff in a previous match.

Thursday’s CIF-SS playoff results
Division 2

Glendora 2, Great Oak 1
Division 3
Ayala 4, Knight 0
Bonita 3, Sultana 1
Quartz Hill 1, Claremont 0
Los Altos 2, Arroyo Grande 1
St. Lucy’s 1, Yorba Linda 0
Bishop Amat 3, Walnut 1
Flintridge Prep 3, Diamond Bar 1
Division 6
Cate 3, Gladstone 1
Beaumont 4, Wilson 0
Northview 3, San Jacinto 1
Sierra Vista 2, Sage Hill 1
San Dimas 8, La Puente 0
Segerstrom 3, Nogales 1
Garden Grove 1, Ganesha 0
Beverly Hills 1, Workman 0
Division 7
Sierra Canyon 2, Mountain View 0

And she did it with pure speed and finishing, converting on three of four breakaway opportunities to send the Lancers into the second round on Tuesday against either Artesia or Santa Maria St. Joseph at a site to be determined.
Juarez did her part too, assisting on two of Rivas’ goals while Lyanna Farran had the other assist.
“They tried to use an offside trap a lot, but it didn’t really work,” Rivas said. “I do have a lot of speed. They (Juarez and Farran) just passed it over the top and I ran onto it.”
Rivas had scored just three goals all season before doubling her total as the second-seed Lancers improved to 23-1 while the Mustangs finished 13-10-2.
“We talked about (Rivas) being the x-factor,” Gonzalez said. “She can play out wide, up top, in the middle and for the most part had an off year (in terms of scoring). But we know she’s capable of stepping up and having a game like she did today.”
Walnut came out aggressively and spent most of the first half in Amat’s final third, but couldn’t create many scoring opportunities.
Rivas scored in the 21st minute on a through ball from Juarez and scored again in the opening minute of the second half to stake the Lancers to a 2-0 lead.
Rivas really showed her speed on her third goal, speeding past a defender who never saw her coming.
That last goal irked Walnut coach Lorraine Hansen.
“It’s really because we let them,” Hansen said, explaining the defeat. “Our defense got frustrated, they didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves today and it’s been the same all season.
“I think 85 percent of the game we were in their defensive third. Like I told the girls, you still haven’t been beaten by a team better than you, we completely defeated ourselves today.”
Allowing Walnut into into their final third was part of the game plan for the Lancers, who were determined not to give the Mustangs anything easy.
Most of Walnut’s goals this season have come on breakaways with quick forwards Stefanie Catone and Crystal Frisan.
But the Lancers played their defenders deep, inviting the Mustangs into their final third and daring them to create chances through the run of play.
It worked, the Lancers didn’t allow any breakaway opportunities, beating Walnut at its own game on counter attacks.
The Mustangs’ Alexia Avila scored the Mustangs’ lone goal in the 80th minute to avert the shutout, but that came with most of Amat’s starters already resting on the bench.
“We’re solid defensively,” Gonzalez said. “We struggled at the beginning (of the game), then I went back to what worked and thought we had a pretty good game plan for them.”

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  • SGV Dad

    Amat 3
    Walnut 0

    Second Half..

  • ladylancer8

    Nice game Lady Lancers – well done

  • saintsgirlsr4real2

    San Dimas 8
    La Puente 0

  • St. Lucy’s Regents

    St. Lucy’s 1, Yorba Linda 0


  • Soccer Lvr

    Sierra Vista 2
    Sage Hill 1


  • boo hoo

    “It’s really because we let them,” Hansen said, explaining the defeat. “Our defense got frustrated, they didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves today and it’s been the same all season.
    “I think 85 percent of the game we were in their defensive third. Like I told the girls, you still haven’t been beaten by a team better than you, we completely defeated ourselves today.”

    Sounds like the Walnut coach is a big cry baby. Give credit where credit is due. Waaaaaa.

  • LA Futbol

    Hey Coach Hansen…

    You’re telling me that you lost TEN games this year all to lesser opponents? If that’s truethen there is only one person to blame…YOURSELF! Time to retire Lorainne! You got exposed this year now that you’re in a real league! Haha.

  • LA Soccer Dad

    Here is a great learning opporunity for all young soccer coaches and players. If you tell your team PRIVATELY “you guys are good and could have played with this team” thats a good thing.

    If you tell a reporter or someone other than your team “you still haven’t been beaten by a team better than you”, that is just stupid and will make you look like an idiot. Look at the long lasting coaches and hear what they say after a loss.

    You can learn from both winners and losers!

  • True Blue said

    Boy Oh Boy… I can’t believe what this Walnut Coach said about her teams defeat. That they let Amat win…..What? They didn’t beat us we beat ourselves.. What? You still haven’t been beaten by a team better than you.. What? Ten lost on your record and you are telling your kids no teams has beaten you…mmmmmmmmm Wow I’m glad my girl is not gong to Walnut. I find that hard to believe Lady Hansen after 10 losses…I was at the game and you just got beat by a better coached team can’t you just admit it.. Amat girls soccer team is not 23-1 because other teams allow them to win… Hellooooooo!!! When Amat lost last year in the semi final they (as we men say it nut up and take the lost) and get ready for next year and that year the better team won to the eventual champions. Coach Hansen you need to retire if your going to tell these poor girls false belief that they are better after this lost and the other 9 you lost too. After any lost one tends to regroup and make better adjustments to better themselves and give credit to the other teams… All I hear is a very sore loser. Boy Oh Boy… Good game Walnut and keep your spirits up and don’t give up make it better next year. Good luck Lady Lancers keep up the Good work.. See you next week. True Blue Class of 83′

  • scores



    First round, Thursday

    San Clemente 5, Orange Lutheran 0

    Yucaipa 3, Laguna Hills 1

    Corona del Mar 1, Brea Olinda 0

    Los Alamitos 2, Chaminade 1

    Santa Margarita 5, Woodbridge 0

    Harvard-Westlake 2, Hart 0

    Trabuco Hills 4, Anaheim Canyon 1

    Dana Hills 1, Redlands East Valley 0

    Flintridge Sacred Heart 5, Foothill 1

    Aliso Niguel 2, Northwood 0

    Newport Harbor 2, Saugus 1

    Tesoro 1, JSerra 0

    Edison 2, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 0

    Mission Viejo 1, Valencia 0

    Mater Dei 2, Redlands 0

    Esperanza 1, Irvine University 0


    First round, Thursday

    Palos Verdes 3, Rancho Cucamonga 2

    Troy 2, Lakewood 1

    Westlake 4, Santa Barbara 0

    Corona Santiago 2, Chaparral 0

    Upland 2. Long Beach Poly 1 (OT)

    Murrieta Valley 0, Agoura 0 [Murrieta Valley advances, 1-0 on penalties]

    King 2, Crescenta Valley 1 (OT)

    Buena 4, Royal 0

    Long Beach Wilson 5, Burbank 0

    Mira Costa 5, Dos Pueblos 3

    Glendora 2, Great Oak 1

    Sunny Hills 2, Corona 1

    Riverside Poly 2, Sonora 2 [Riverside Poly advances, 3-2 on penalties]

    Newbury Park 1, Arcadia 0

    Peninsula 4, Burbank Burroughs 0

    Los Osos 2, Temecula Valley 0


    First round, Thursday

    Ayala 4, Knight 0

    Lakewood St. Joseph 6, Silverado 0

    Flintridge Prep 3, Diamond Bar 1

    Cypress 2, Cerritos 1

    Righetti 1, Placentia Valencia 0

    Bonita 3, Sultana 1

    Quartz Hill 1, Claremont 0

    La Mirada 1, La Salle 0

    Granite Hills 3, Mayfair 0

    Pasadena Poly 2, Lancaster 1

    Garden Grove Pacifica 4, Apple Valley 0

    Los Altos 2, Arroyo Grande 1

    Serrano 1, Mayfield 1 [Serrano advances, 3-2 on penalties]

    St. Lucy’s 1, Yorba Linda 0

    Santa Maria St. Joseph 4, Artesia 1

    Bishop Amat 3, Walnut 1


    First round, Thursday

    Oaks Christian 6, Montclair 1

    Culver City 7, Summit 2

    Arlington 2, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 0

    Marymount 1, El Segundo 0

    Santa Monica 5, Malibu 1

    Ramona Convent 1, Cerritos Valley Christian 0

    Don Lugo 3, Windward 0

    Torrance 5, Moreno Valley 1

    Canyon Springs 3, Jurupa Valley 0

    Santa Paula 7, CAMS 2

    Chino 2, Godinez 0

    Notre Dame Academy 3, Village Christian 1

    South Torrance 1, Bloomington 0

    Beverly Hills 4, Maranatha 0

    Estancia 3, Colony 1

    Brentwood 4, La Reina 0


    First round, Thursday

    Lancaster Desert Christian 5, California 2

    Katella 1, Rio Mesa 0 (OT)

    Palm Desert 1, Carter 0

    Grace Brethren 2, Calvary Murrieta 0

    Coachella Valley 2, Oxnard Pacifica 1

    Woodcrest Christian 3, Warren 2

    Temescal Canyon 2, La Quinta 0

    Lompoc Cabrillo 3, Pioneer 0

    Santa Ynez 1, Oxnard 0

    Vasquez 3, Anaheim 0

    Downey 3, Elsinore 0

    Palm Springs 5, Linfield Christian 0

    Ontario Christian 1, Xavier Prep 0

    Cajon 1, Lakeside 1 [Cajon advances, 4-3 on penalties]

    Camarillo 3, Santa Clara 0

    La Serna 4, Lompoc 1


    First round, Thursday

    St. Margaret’s 8, Santa Ana 0

    Cate 3, Gladstone 1

    South Pasadena 2, Pomona Catholic 0

    Beaumont 4, Hacienda Heights Wilson 0

    Northview 3, San Jacinto 1

    Ocean View 11, San Gabriel Mission 0

    San Marino 7, Los Amigos 1

    Sierra Vista 2, Sage Hill 1

    Alverno 4, Loara 2

    San Dimas 8, La Puente 0

    Tahquitz 5, Crean Lutheran 1

    La Canada 9, Garden Grove Santiago 1

    Laguna Blanca 7, Sacred Heart of Jesus 0

    Segerstrom 3, Nogales 1

    Garden Grove 1, Ganesha 0

    Hemet 8, Coast Union 0


    First round, Thursday

    St. Genevieve 3, Shadow Hills 0

    Pasadena Marshall 2, Vistamar 0

    Milken 1, Alhambra 0

    Citrus Valley 5, Connelly 1

    Animo Leadership 4, Montebello 1

    New Community Jewish 3, Bishop 1

    Desert Hot Springs 1, Academy for Academic Excellence 0

    Mary Star 4, Mountain View 0

    Sierra Canyon 2, Rolling Hills Prep 0

    Big Bear 3, University Prep 2 (2OT)

    Bell Gardens 4, Firebaugh 3

    Arroyo 2, St. Paul 1

    Viewpoint 9, St. Matthias 0

    Saddleback Valley Christian 3, Archer 2

    Santa Clarita Christian 2, Frazier Mountain 1

    Rim of the World 2, Riverside Christian 0

  • Astounded

    Lorraine Hansen(sorry I can’t even put the word Coach before her name) is a pathetic excuse for a coach. Although I have NEVER liked her as a coach or a person, after reading her comments I think she actually might be schizophrenic. I’m seriously concerned/embarrassed for her. Walnut School District should also be concerned regarding her behaviour and lack of leadership role to their athletes. The Board too should be appalled by her comments made in the paper and request an apology. LA Futbol hit the “nail on the head”….”she got exposed now that she’s in a real league”. Her coaching style bullies, intimidates and degrades her team and their opponents and is not well respected. Her true colors are finally starting to show now that she can’t “hide” behind the weaker league that she was part of for so many years. Frankly thats why she got away with it for so long.