Soccer Polls: Sierra Vista boys No. 1 and still undefeated; Bishop Amat girls return to top spot

svistasoccerCIF-SS BOYS SOCCER FINAL POLLS BEFORE PAIRINGS DAY
AREA TOP 10 SOCCER RANKINGS
BOYS SOCCER

1. Sierra Vista (18-0-2) — Second in Division 4 behind nationally ranked Cathedral.
2. Damien (12-3-4) – Needs win or tie in final two to clinch the Sierra League title.
3. Diamond Bar (15-7-1) — Closing in on Hacienda League title.
4. Arroyo (10-3-4) – Back in first in MVL thanks to Mountain Views win over El Monte.
5. Northview (14-3-2) — Gets Baldwin Park rematch today for the Valle Vista League title.
6. Baldwin Park (14-4-2) – Needs to sweep Northview to claim Valle Vista
7. El Monte (11-3-0) – Back to back losses to South El Monte and Mountain View
8. Los Altos (10-5-6) — Only a game back of Diamond Bar after beating Brahmas, 2-1.
9. Bishop Amat (9-5-3) — At Cathedral, ranked fourth in the state by MaxPreps on Wednesday.
10. Duarte (13-6) — Gave Sierra Vista run for their money twice.

GOAL LEADERS
1. Mario Saenz, Sierra Vista, 24
2. Sebastian Ocampo, Sierra Vista, 23
3. Andre Gamboa, Diamond Bar, 21
4. Michael Flores, Sierra Vista, 15
5. Jacob Bianchessi, Damien, 12
6t. Guy Horcasitas, Diamond Bar, 11
6t. Evan Ball, Glendora, 11
6t. Federico Hurtado, Charter Oak, 11
9t. Manuel Medina, Los Altos, 10
9t. Julio Sanchez, Duarte, 10

jamiepetersCIF-SS GIRLS SOCCER FINAL POLL BEFORE PAIRINGS DAY
GIRLS SOCCER TOP TEN
1. Bishop Amat (17-5-3) — Doing what it always does, playing best at the end of the year and No. 3 in Division 3
2. Los Altos (16-2-3) — Defense wins Hacienda for Conqs, giving up only three goals in league.
3. South Hills (15-3-2) – Needs wins over St. Lucy’s and Ayala to guarantee playoff spot in the Sierra.
4. Sierra Vista (17-3-0) — So dominant in the Montview it outscored its opponents 81-4.
5. Diamond Bar (14-4-3) — Loses Hacienda title game to Los Altos, 1-0
6. San Dimas (14-6-0) — Saints third in Division 6 behind No. 2 Sierra Vista.
7. St. Lucy’s (8-12-2) – Regents playoff hopes fade after back-to-back losses.
8. Charter Oak (8-12-0) – Chargers aren’t this bad and will benefit from re-leaguing next season.
9. Wilson (11-9-3) – Ranked ninth in Division 6
10. Azusa (9-4-4) — Solid second in Montview behind powerful Sierra Vista

Goal Scoring Leaders
1. Jessica Lopez, Sierra Vista, 28
2. Sofia Serafin, Bishop Amat, 25
3. Daisy Duran, San Dimas, 24
4. Jaline Miranda, Azusa, 22
5. Alison Kung, Wilson, 21
6t. Hailey Zerbel, South Hills, 18
6t. Samantha Verduzco, Los Altos, 18
8. Jamie Peters, Bishop Amat, 16
9. Daisy Ruiz, Sierra Vista, 15
10. Alejandra Vargas, Sierra Vista, 14

walnutBOYS SOCCER, STANDINGS, SCHEDULES, LEADERS
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

amatgirlssoccerGIRLS SOCCER STANDINGS, SCHEDULES, LEADERS
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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  • Soccer Fan

    Good top 10 on the boys and girls Fred. I would change a couple of spots here and there but if this top 10 is based on how the teams are playing right now then i can’t complain.

    • FredJ

      Here’s the thing, CIF playoffs start next week and the teams with the best chance of winning a title are still San Dimas and Sierra Vista girls in D-6 … Amat/Los Altos have a shot of going for in D-4, but nobody is beating Pas Poly. On the boys side, what a dream if undefeated Sierra Vista can get to the finals and play nationally ranked Cathedral in D-4 .. To me, Sierra Vista only team that has a chance of going deep on boys side.

      • Soccer Fan

        I got SV girls winning D6 over Citrus Valley…I got the SV boys winning against Cathedral…BA girls i think can make the semis and SD also can make the semis. LA girls i got making at least the Qtrs.

        • Wells

          I know that Cathedral and SV are very strong teams, but the other two teams that should make it to the semi-finals are Bellflower and Oak Hills. Both are incredibly strong offensively.

          • FredJ

            Right, I don’t care if it’s D-4, it’s one of the best divisions, or at least top heavy

          • Soccer Fan

            Would square off any of these 4 top teams in any other division and they would compete no questions asked!

          • Wells

            If the rankings stay the same, Cathedral should beat Bellflower. They have the defense to limit their chances. Sierra Vista and Oak Hills has the chance of being a high scoring game. SV has scored quite a few goals on some good teams. Oak Hills can score and they don’t sub their best guys. We played them and D1 Millkan.

            Those D4 teams can compete with D1, but going deep in D1 is a different story. What separates the best D1 teams from other divisions is their depth. Oak Hills does not have a great bench, but Millikan definitely does

          • Soccer Fan

            I agree on the semis being Cathedral, SV, Oak Hills, and Bellflower. Just see a little more depth in Cathedral and SV to get passed the semis and play for the final

  • Soccer Fan

    BP VS Northview today is going to be a great one!!! On the girls side you have SV vs Azusa that should be interesting.

    BP 2-1 over Northview

    SV 5-1 over Azusa

    • FredJ

      Looking forward to BP, Northview today, nice for Northview to finally have a team. I’m like you though, I like Baldwin Park 3-2

  • FredJ

    Big girls soccer games in the Sierra for playoff spots … South Hills vs. St. Lucy’s and Claremont-Chino Hills going at it….Charter Oak can be a spoiler against Ayala

    • Soccer Fan

      SH over St. Lucys 3-1

      CH over Claremont 2-1

      Ayala over CO 2-0

      1. CH
      2. Claremont
      3. SH
      4. Ayala (maybe a At-Large berth)

  • JamesJ

    Fred, Soccer Fan,
    Curious to hear a little more in depth breakdown of the top 3 girls soccer teams. I think those three are a pretty clear cut above the rest. Why that order? If LA and Amat square off in the playoffs, who do you think has the edge? What’s better…Amat’s potent defense or LA’s lock-down D? How would South Hills fare in the Hacienda?

    • Soccer Fan

      So as i have mentioned before i think BA plays its best soccer the second half of the season so i think if BA played LA in the playoffs they would beat them in a close one. You also have to factor in that BA tied St. Joes 2-2 and beat St Joes 5-3 and DB lost t St. Joes 4-0 and LA tied DB 1-1 and beat them 1-0. Ive seen both teams play and i feel BA has a much stronger offense and will have LA defending most of the game and just playing counter attack and that to me just leads to mistakes in the back that BA will take advantage of. As for SH they would lose to LA and BA the way they have been playing. SH would do much better in the Hacienda and definitely would be a contender for the league title because the Sierra takes it toll on the players because every game is so competitive. Just my opinion!

    • FredJ

      Watched all three play. Amat added some players in January that became eligible and are a different team. That freshman, Sofia Serafin, is the real deal. And what gives Amat the edge is their coach, Ruben Gonzales. He just won his second national coach of the year award for community colleges. He’s won state titles with Cerritos and two CIF titles with Amat. He knows, better than anyone, how to adjust and match-up against teams .. I’ve watched it, his in-game adjustments and the way he takes away other teams’ top players is what separates them. South Hills possibly has the best talent, but they’re still young and figuring it out. If they get in the playoffs, they won’t go far but when they move to the Palomares next year and probably drop a division, you’re going to watch the Huskies win league titles and go on playoff runs. But not in D-2.

      Los Altos is good defensively, probably the best defensively of all three, but they struggle some to create scoring chances. I like Verduzco, particularly on set pieces because she’s tall and gets after it, but they don’t have much offensively beyond her. I could have probably left South Hills two because if I’m being honest, the Huskies would have won the Hacienda., but I wanted to reward Los Altos for playing their best at the end of the season, especially after the Diamond Bar victory. Why would South Hills win the Hacienda. Well, they played Walnut twice and destroyed them. They also destroyed San Dimas and beat Upland in penalty kicks.

      But South Hills is in the Sierra. Nobody faces the type of competition they do in league against Chino Hills and Claremont.