By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Nearly all of the Tribune’s top-ranked girls soccer teams compete in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, creating a wild race to the finish over the next few weeks.
The Southern Section girls soccer pairings were released on Monday with defending Division 3 champion Bishop Amat seeded fourth and Sierra League champion Claremont seeded third.
All wild card games are Wednesday and the first round on Friday. All games are scheduled to start at 3 p.m., unless a different time is agreed by both schools.
Bishop Amat will open defense of its title by facing the wild-card winner between host Walnut and Cerritos.
Claremont will face the wild-card winner between Atascadero and Bishop Montgomery.
Hacienda League champion Diamond Bar won its first league title since 2004 and will open the playoffs at home against Pac-7 third-place entry Arroyo Grande.
Bonita finished second to Diamond Bar in the Hacienda and will be at home in the first round against Oak Hills. (To continue click thread)
GIRLS SOCCER PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Wednesday’s wild card games
St. Lucy’s at Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Cerritos at Walnut, 3 p.m.
South El Monte at Cantwell Sacred Heart, 3 p.m.
Kern Valley at Rosemead, 3 p.m.
Gabrielino at Wildwood, 3 p.m.
Friday’s first round
Oak Hills at Bonita, 3 p.m.
Chino Hills at Flintridge Prep, 3 p.m.
Sultana at Ayala, 3 p.m.
WC winner at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
WC winner at Claremont, 3 p.m.
Arroyo Grande at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
Duarte at Garden Grove, 3 p.m.
Nogales at Ocean View, 3 p.m.
Beaumont at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
Cate at Wilson, 3 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Segerstrom, 3 p.m.
Loara at La Puente, 3 p.m.
San Dimas bye
WC winner at Arroyo, 3 p.m.
Diamond Bar girls soccer celebrating the Hacienda League title.
Sierra League runner-up Ayala is also home against Sultana and Chino Hills is on the road at Flintridge Prep.
In one of the most anticipated wild-card games in Division 3, Los Altos will host St. Lucy’s on Wednesday with the winner facing Del Rey League champion and second seed St. Joseph in the first round.
After advancing to the Division 6 semifinals last year, Valle Vista league champion San Dimas is hoping to take it a step further after being awarded the second seed and a bye into the second round.
San Dimas will host the winner of Friday’s first-round between Oxford Academy and Laguna Blanca on Feb. 22, giving the Saints more than a week to prepare.
Montview League champion Sierra Vista is also hoping to advance deep in the Division 6 playoffs. The Dons open the first round at home against Beaumont.
Montview League runner-up La Puente is home against Loara and Valle Vista runner-up Wilson is home against Cate.
In other Division 6 first-round games, Duarte is at Garden Grove, Nogales at Ocean View and Baldwin Park at Segerstrom.
Mission Valley League champion Arroyo is home in Friday’s Division 7 first-round against the winner of Wednesday’s wild card between Shadow Hills and Animo Leadership.
Three other Mission Valley League teams must win wild card games Wednesday to reach the first round.
Rosemead is home against Kern Valley while South El Monte is at Cantwell Sacred Heart and Gabrielino at Wildwood.