BOYS PLAYOFF PREVIEW: The stage is set following the release of the CIF-Southern Section Boys Soccer playoff pairings on Monday with undefeated and second-seed Sierra Vista (20-0-2) in Division 4 hoping to run the table and take on powerhouse and top seed Cathedral (21-1-1), ranked fifth in the state and 23rd nationally by MaxPreps in a much anticipated final.
But there’s a lot of work ahead to reach the finals for the Dons, starting with Thursday’s first-round game against the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card between Saugus and Culver City.
Santa Margarita at Damien, 3 p.m.
Vista Del Lago at Claremont, 3 p.m.
Chino Hills at Dos Pueblos, 3 p.m.
Tuesday’s wild card
Ganesha at Perris, 3 p.m.
La Puente at Chaffey, 3 p.m.
Duarte at Chino, 3 p.m.
Bishop Amat at La Mirada, 3 p.m.
Culver City-Saugus winner at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
Tuesday’s wild card
Brentwood at Arroyo, 3 p.m.
Rancho Alamitos at Rowland, 3 p.m.
Pomona at Walnut, 3 p.m.
Paso Robles at Nogales, 3 p.m.
Estancia at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
Beaumont at El Monte, 3 p.m.
Wilson at Windward, 3 p.m.
South El Monte at Hemet, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Northview at Silverado, 3 p.m.
Citrus Hills-Desert Springs winner at Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Shadow Hills-Victory Valley winner at Mountain View, 3 p.m.
Los Amigos-Arroyo Grande winner at Baldwin Park, 3 p.m.
Windward-Wilson winner at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
GIRLS PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Los Altos High School girls soccer coach Chris Reeder has had several talented teams over the years that have gone deep in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, but earning the second-seed following the release of Monday’s girls soccer pairings goes hand-in-hand with Reeder arguing that this is probably his best team in nearly a decade at the school.
Los Altos (18-2-3), which went undefeated in the Hacienda League, will face the winner of Wednesday’s wild-card between Atascadero (13-11-1) and Bishop Montgomery (12-9-12) in Friday’s first-round.
“We have the complete team to go (far),” Reeder said. “We don’t have any glaring weakness, but the big challenge is going to be mental. We have some young players on this team and they have to be ready to go.”
M.L. King at vs. South Hills at CDF, 3 p.m.
Ayala at Buena, 3 p.m.
Claremont at Temecula Valley, 3 p.m.
West Ranch-San Marcos winner at Chino Hills, 3 p.m.
Walnut at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Mayfield at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
Santa Paula at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Bonita at St. Joseph’s, 3 p.m.
Atascadero-Bishop Montgomery winner at Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Westminster at Nogales, 3 p.m.
Ganesha at San Gorgonio, 3 p.m.
Yucca Valley at Baldwin Park, 3 p.m.
Duarte at Los Amigos, 3 p.m.
Wilson at Fillmore, 3 p.m.
Big Bear at Azusa, 3 p.m.
San Gorgonio-Ganesha winner at San Dimas, 3 p.m.
Baldwin Park-Yucca Valley winner at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
Wednesday’s wild card
Sacred Heart at South El Monte, 3 p.m.
Arroyo at Schurr, 3 p.m.