Girls Soccer Playoffs: Bishop Amat beats Walnut 3-1; Sierra League dominates opening round, St. Lucy’s shocks No. 2 St. Joseph and Ayala, Claremont and Chino Hills win; Diamond Bar and Sierra Vista also advance

By Fred J. Robledo
Walnut girls soccer coach Lorraine Hansen had a few choice words about the officiating and Bishop Amat attacking midfielder April Juarez had a few words about the chippiness following the Lancers’ 3-1 victory over the Mustangs in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 girls soccer playoffs.

It was the second straight year the defending champion Lancers ended the Mustangs’ season in the first round. It got physical and there were even a pair of players yellow carded after getting tangled and throwing punches.

Juarez, who had a pair of goals and was part of creating the game-clinching goal late, laughed it off.

“They’re fun to play against because they get mad at us because we’re winning and they want to hit us and stuff,” Juarez said of facing Walnut. “It just cracks me up.” (To continue click thread)

Amat–Walnut girls soccer photo gallery

Friday’s First Round Girls Soccer Playoff Results
Division 3
Bonita 4, Oak Hills 1
Chino Hills 1, Flintridge Prep1, Chino Hills advances on PKs
Ayala 3, Sultana 0
Bishop Amat 3, Walnlut 1
Claremont 3, Bishop Montgomery 0
Diamond Bar 2, Arroyo Grande 1
St. Lucy’s 2, St. Joseph 1, OT
Division 6
Garden Grove 5, Duarte 0
Ocean View 7, Nogales 2
Sierra Vista 1, Beaumont 0
Wilson 1, Cate 0
Segerstrom 6, Baldwin Park 0
Loara 1,La Puente 0
Division 7
Rosemead 1, Montebello 1, Rosemead advances on PKs
Arroyo 3, Animo Leadership 0
Viewpoint 5, South El Monte 0

Wednesday’s second round games
Division 3
Bonita at Granite Hills, 3 p.m.
La Mirada at Chino Hills, 3 p.m.
Ayala at Quartz Hill, 3 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Yorba Linda, 3 p.m.
Claremont at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Serrano at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
Mayfair at St. Lucy’s, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Sierra Vista at Wilson, 3 p.m.
Segrestrom at Ganehsa, 3 p.m.
Oxford Academy at San Dimas, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Arroyo at Citrus Valley, 3 p.m.
Firebaugh at Rosemead, 3 p.m.

The Inland Insider was at Ayala’s 3-0 win over Sultana, check it out

The fourth-seed Lancers (17-3-4) advance to Wednesday’s second round on the road at Yorba Linda, the second-place team from the Empire League.

Walnut (8-10-6) got off to a dream start, taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute.

The Mustangs’ Amber Marani poked a beautiful pass in front for Cassie Duran, who carved it in the left corner.

Amat came right back with Nayely Requejo doing most of the work. Driving down the right side, Requejo cut toward the endline and slid a picture-perfect pass in front for Juarez, who buried it to tie the score, 1-1, in the 11th minute.

After Juarez was fouled minutes later driving toward the penalty area, she finished it herself with a free kick just outside the left-corner of the penalty area.
It was as good as it gets. Juarez curled her free kick over the wall inside the near post.

All Mustangs goalkeeper Katelyn Oshima could do was admire it as the Lancers surged ahead 2-1 in the 15th minute.

“We had to win, I didn’t care if it was me who scored or not, we had to take back the lead,” Juarez said. “We didn’t want to go out (in the playoffs) this early.”
Juarez, who scored her 19th and 20th goals of the season, had a good feeling about the free kick.

“I trusted in myself,” Juarez said of the shot. “For whatever reason, I knew I was going to score. In my head I just felt it.”

Bishop Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez said Walnut scoring first got the Lancers going.

“In the first few minutes we didn’t match their intensity,” Gonzalez said. “We kind of came out flat. I don’t know if it was nerves because it was the first playoff game, but after they scored we picked it up and had a lot of opportunities to put them away.

“I would have liked to put it away earlier in the second half so we could let some other players play, but that’s the playoffs. You can never put your guard down.”

Walnut appeared to tie the score in the 61st minute.

Ari Anaya’s shot was darting straight for the left corner and probably would have rolled in, but Ashley Stanford was at the back post and poked it home from a yard away.

Stanford was whistled offside, negating the game-tying goal.

“I thought that was the case too,” Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez said of the call. “It should have been a tie score (if Stanford doesn’t touch it).”

Walnut didn’t get another clean look the rest of the match.

After Juarez missed a penalty kick in the 64th minute, she broke loose on a breakaway and was turned away by a diving poke save from Oshima, but speedy Yazmin Slim kept running hard and finished in front of an empty net in the 73rd minute to ice the game.

Afterward, Hansen wasn’t thrilled with the offside call or the officiating in general.

“It’s the way the cookie crumbles for us this year,” Hansen said. “We had multiple calls against us, I don’t know what else to say.

“I think the whole game the refs didn’t have control at all. I’m not unhappy with the way my girls played, it’s unfortunate that the referring the whole season has changed the game of soccer. I don’t think there is enough quality referring to have great games played. Either let them play and let the fouls go or call them both ways. That’s all we ask is for a fair game both ways.”

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    Sierra Vista beat Beaumont 1-0

  • AHS Soccer

    Congrats to St Lucy’s with the “upset.” A team that everyone better be ready to play. Good luck in the second round.

  • soccerfan

    Wilson 4. Date 1

  • CHS

    The Claremont score was 3:0 Fred and not 2:0………

  • Lynsee

    Bonita defeated Oak Hills 4-1.

  • soccerfan


  • Kristine Ives

    The name of the goalkeeper for Chino Hills High is Merrick (Ricki) Ives, not Kara Tabita. Ricki stopped the 4 consecutive PKs

  • observer

    Refs were bad for both teams today but Amat was the only team that tried to adjust their play and they were the better team. Of course Walnut coach has an excuse as to why they lost and why they ended their season in 4th place in their league, AGAIN. With the talent Walnut keeps getting, it makes you wonder if its the refs or the coach?

    Congrats to the rest of the teams in CIF advancing and especially St. Lucys, although I wouldnt necessarily call it an “upset” vs St. Joes because St. Lucys is a very good team.

  • MrMan

    Nice job SL. Way to come up big Kennedy Lanier !

  • BA v W

    Walnut girls played better than expected. Very impressive the speed of their defenders. Much faster on the back line than last year. You just can’t get away with that defense (3 back) without a dominate midfield and very few High schools have that.

    Also Bishop Amat played about 20 players to Walnuts 14.

    I know from club soccer that walnut had 3 or 4 quality players just watching.

    I have a feeling Bishop Amat can make it to the Championship Game again this year.

  • Regent Gary

    Saint Lucy’s “shocks” #2 St Joesph’s, yet not word in this mornings Trib. Come on Fred.

  • Fred Robledo

    I can’t be everywhere Gary, I do my best to twitter updates, post scores and covered a soccer and basketball game last night. On every playoff round thread I’m asking coaches to call in results so we can do a write-up in the paper, if coaches don’t call, especially when teams are on the road as in St. Lucy’s case, not much we can do. I covered St. Lucy’s wild card win over Los Altos and as you can read, there were tons of games yesterday in soccer and basketball.

  • Regent Gary

    Fred,You and your staff do a great job. Best HS coverage in So. Cal. Just thought that since you had a blurb on your blog, this mornings paper maybe should have had the same blurb.

  • Fred Robledo

    What I had was a score sent to me on twitter and some brief description of what happened, but wasn’t sure how reliable it was. Normally I can chase all this down, but that darn Amat-Wilson bsketball game went into overtime last night and by the time I finished my story, we were on deadline…One of those crazy nights which is why I encourage coaches if they can’t call, write up a couple paragraphs and email it to so we can get accurate info in the paper and on the webpages…In that long busride home, it takes five minutes to call or email in results so we can share with everyone.

  • Soccer Madness

    Coach Hanson is a complete stooge! Her comments are insulting to all teams that have played against the Mustangs this season. To insinuate that the reason her team has not performed well his season is because of the refereeing is absurd! She needs to look in the mirror and ask herself how she can have so many quality ayers on her team and continue to underachieve year in and year out. Two Cory place finishes in the Hacienda? Seriously? Hey have more talent than any team I hat league…no question! So what’s the problem here Lorrainne? Is it, as you seem to the k some vendetta that the refs have out for you? Or is the problem YOU? Time for you to quit coaching! Get that stroller off the sidelines and let those girls get a real coach! Quit living in the past! This isn’t the early 2000’s when you had D1 talent in D3 and fell ass-backwards into CIF tiles! You actually had to coach now girl!