The Inland Insider covered the win-or-stay home game between South Hills and Ayala girls. South Hills won 2-1 to clinch second and a playoff berth. Ayala fell to fourth and was eliminated. Tom Kiss has your highlights and post-game interviews. ALSO, At the 4:06 mark of video, watch as an Ayala player yanks down a South Hills player by pulling her hair. Kind of reminds me of the famous New Mexico player who did the same thing, in addition to several other hard fouls.
By Fred J. Robledo
With the CIF-Southern Section boys and girls soccer pairings released on Monday, league titles and playoff berths were decided for several teams finishing up league play on Thursday.
There was no better come-from-behind story than the Mountain View boys soccer team, which was buried in fourth after the first-round of Mission Valley League play, but won its last four games to clinch the league title.
Andrew Centeno’s goal in the 20th minute lifted Mountain View (8-10-4, 6-2-2) to a 1-0 victory over Arroyo (11-4-4, 6-3-1), then the Vikings got some help from Rosemead to clinch it outright.
All El Monte (12-3-1, 6-3-1) needed was a win over Rosemead to share the title with Mountain View, but El Monte and Rosemead tied, 2-2, leaving Mountain View to celebrate its second straight league title.
It was the first time all season Mountain View was atop the league standings.
“We struggled early and told the kids just finish the last four games as strong as you can and we won all four,” Mountain View coach Felipe Corona said. “For us to end up as league champs after all this is a credit to our kids. They never stop believing they could do it.”
Baldwin Park (16-4-2, 10-2), which clinched a share of the Valle Vista league title with a 2-0 victory over Northview on Tuesday, clinched the league title outright with a 2-1 overtime victory over Wilson. Eddie Suarez scored the game-winning golden goal for the Braves in overtime.
Montview league champion Sierra Vista (20-0-2, 13-0-1) finished the regular season undefeated with a forfeit victory over Workman. Apparently several Workman players quit the team on Wednesday and they did not have enough to field a team.
The Dons will likely earn the second seed in Division 4 behind state power Cathedral, the Del Rey league champion that is ranked fourth in the state by MaxPreps.
Damien (14-3-2, 8-0-2) clinched the Sierra League title earlier in the week and finished league play with a 2-1 victory over Chino Hills.
The Spartans will be the only area team competing in Division 1 and were ranked tenth this week along with Santa Margarita.
In girls soccer, defending Division 3 champion Bishop Amat (18-5-3, 6-0-1) defeated Mary Star of the Sea 9-0 to secure the Del Rey League title. The Lancers are ranked third in Division 3 heading into Monday’s pairings.
Freshman Sophia Serafin scored twice and dished out four assists for the Lancers. Serafina’s among the Valley leaders with 27 goals.
Chino Hills (23-2, 9-1) girls soccer, ranked second in Division 2, clinched the Sierra League title last week, but there were battles for the second and third playoff spots.
South Hills (17-3-2, 6-3-1) finished second with a 2-1 victory at Ayala (10-10-3, 5-5), which eliminated Ayala from playoff contention. South Hills’ Heidi Serna and Amber Marinero scored for the Huskies. Finishing third was Claremont (16-8-2, 6-4).
Sierra Vista and San Dimas girls are hoping to chase the Division 6 title after winning the Montview and Valle Vista leagues respectively.
Both teams finished undefeated in league. Sierra Vista, ranked second in Division 6, finished 19-3 and 14-0 while San Dimas, ranked third, finished 15-6 and 12-0 after an 8-0 victory over Pomona.