According to the Inland Insider, the Ayala girls soccer team finally had its full team together this week, which might explain the Bulldogs’ slow start after reaching the D-3 finals last year. After crushing St. Lucy’s 5-1 earlier in the week, Makenzy Doniak scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Chino Hills. That leaves Ayala in a first-place tie with Claremont and South Hills and St. Lucy’s a half game back and Chino Hills a full game back. It doesn’t get much tighter than that with two weeks to go. The Claremont boys beat Damien 2-0 to take a two-game lead in the Sierra. Damien and South Hills are tied for second.
Check out the Inland Insider highlights and interviews from Ayala’s 1-0 win over Chino Hills, girls soccer.
Friday’s Sierra League Results
Claremont 2, Damien 0
Ayala 3, Chino Hills 1
South Hills 3, Charter Oak 0
Claremont (6-0, 16-2-2)
Damien (4-2, 9-6-2)
South Hills (4-2, 12-4-2)
Chino Hills (2-4, 4-5-4)
Ayala (2-4, 3-8-5)
Charter Oak (0-16, 0-6)
St. Lucy’s 1, Claremont 1
South Hills 2, Charter Oak 0
Ayala 1, Chino Hills 0
Claremont (3-1-2, 18-1-4)
Ayala (3-1-2, 7-7-4)
South Hills (3-2-1, 8-3-7)
St. Lucy’s (3-2-1, 13-6-1)
Chino Hills (2-2-2, 14-3-4)
Charter Oak (0-6, 3-14-3)
Bishop Amat fell to 15-8 and a dismal 1-4 in the Del Rey league after losing to Serra on Thursday. But does it really matter? League races are meaningless because league teams go into different playoff divisions based on school size and recent history. So, Amat could finish last in the Del Rey but all that really matters is they’re still ranked No. 1 in Division 3A. Guess who’s No. 2? Covina, a team Amat could beat over and over again. Strange isn’t it? Bishop Amat needs to beat St. Paul next week to avoid finishing last in the Del Rey? Question is, should last place teams or fourth in a five-team league make the playoffs? Amat could lose out, and still win a CIF title, what’s wrong with that picture? The system doesn’t work. Look at the Muir boys basketball team, having one of its best campaigns in years, 20-1, and with a huge win over rival Pasadena to take over first in the Pacific League. But the Mustangs have virtually no chance to win in Division 4AA, where private powers La Verne Lutheran, Price, Windward and Crespi reside. Meanwhile, Pasadena is No. 2 in 3AAA, an easier division. It’s a screwed up system when league champions have a tougher road than fourth and fifth place teams in the playoffs. How else can you explain it, though I’m sure Amat girls hoops isn’t complaining.
The Lancers led at halftime but wore down in the third quarter and lost 52-39 to Serra on Thursday night.
The Lancers (15-8, 1-4) had to play without their leading rebounder, Leeah Powell, who suffered a shoulder injury. She is expected to be back for the final week of the season.
Today’s Sierra League games
Claremont (15-2-2, 5-0) at Damien (9-6-2, 4-1), 5:30 p.m.
Chino Hills (4-4-4, 2-3) at Ayala (2-8-5, 1-4), 5:30 p.m.
South Hills (11-4-2, 3-2) at Charter Oak (0-15, 0-5), 5:30 p.m.
St. Lucy’s (13-6, 3-2) at Claremont (18-1-3, 3-1-1), 5:30 p.m.
Charter Oak (3-13-3, 0-5) vs.South Hills (7-3-7, 2-2-1) at Covina District, 5:30 p.m.
Ayala (6-7-4, 2-1-2) at Chino Hills (14-2-4, 2-1-2), 5:30 p.m.
La Puente 2, Ganesha 1
The Warriors (11-5-3, 8-1-1) took the win as Augustine Huazano scored an unassisted goal and Alex Saldana scored off an assist from Huazano. Eduardo Martinez scored the lone goal for Ganesha.
Walnut 1, West Covina 0
Walnut (8-6-4, 4-1-3) got the lone goal from Amber Marani with an assist from Marissa Lara.
Sierra Vista 8, Gladstone 0
Sierra Vista (13-2-2, 10-0) beat Gladstone (4-11-1, 2-8) with Jessica Lopez scoring two goals and adding an assist. Cynthia Hernandez also scored two goals.
La Puente 1, Ganesha 0
The Warriors (8-5-3, 8-1-1) were led by Arye Looney, who scored the game’s only goal unassisted. It was the sophomore’s 19th goal of the season. Goalie Christine Montero of Ganesha (10-7-1, 7-3) had seven saves..
Valle Vista League
Wilson 3, Covina 1
Sara Martinez scored two goals for the Wildcats (6-2 in league).
San Dimas 4, Baldwin Park 0
Jeanette Jimenez scored two goals for the Saints (15-2-2, 8-0) with Jordyn Haynes and Maribel Duran chipping in one.
L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer is reporting that preliminary proposals for the new CIF-SS football playoff divisions brings a big change in the Pac-5, where Bishop Amat resides. He reports that the Marmonte League has been moved from the Northern Division into the Pac-5 and the Sunset League has been moved from the Pac-5 to the Southwest. There was some chatter that the Serra League might be dropped from the Pac-5, but that’s not likely now. In the coming months we also will find out if the Sierra League remains in the the Inland, if the Hacienda stays in the Southeast and the Rio Hondo in the Mid-Valley. West Covina and Monrovia have dominated the Southeast and Rio Hondo, respectively, the past two years, sparking debate that the divisions will be strengthened or the Hacienda and Rio Hondo league’s could be moved to stronger divisions.