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DIAMOND BAR ADVANCES: A near-perfectly played CIF Southern Section soccer playoff game came down a matter of misses.
After visiting Diamond Bar and Monrovia played to a 2-2 tie after 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime, the Brahmas prevailed, outscoring the No. 2 seed Wildcats 3-2 on penalty kicks to advance to Thursday’s Division 5 quarterfinal. The Brahmas will play host to Baldwin Park.
VEGA GOES NUTS: Danny Vega was a seldom used freshman when Baldwin Park won a CIF-Southern Section Divisional boys soccer title in 2011.
Now he’s the guiding force to the Braves’ chances of winning their second championship in four years, showing why and how by scoring all four goals in an easy 4-0 victory over visiting Laguna Beach in the second round of the Division 5 playoffs on Tuesday.
Vega scored on a penalty kick in the 13th minute, and worked a text book give-and-go with Jesus Granados to go up 2-0 in the 23rd minute.
Valle Vista league champion Baldwin Park (18-4-2) will be on the road in Thursday’s quarterfinals against Diamond Bar (17-7-1), who outlasted No. 2 seed Monrovia in penalty kicks 3-2 after a 2-2 tie in regulation and two overtimes.
TUESDAY’S SECOND ROUND RESULTS
Sierra Vista 3, La Mirada 0
Northview 2, Citrus Hill 1
Baldwin Park 4, Laguna Beach 0
Diamond Bar 2, Monrovia 2; Diamond Bar advances in PKs, 3-2
Sierra Vista at Ontario, 3 p.m.
Garden Grove Santiago at Northview, 3 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
Baldwin Park’s Danny Vega scores third of four goals, watch how Baldwin Park works this from the back.
Danny Vega talks about raising season goal-scoring total to 37