Covina advanes to semis with 2-1 win over La Canada; Gladstone bows out, 3-1

CIF-SS Boys Soccer Playoffs
Friday’s Quarterfinals
Division 4

South Torrance 3, Gladstone 1
Division 6
Covina 2, La Canada 1

Tuesday’s semifinals
Covina at Desert Mirage, 5 p.m.

Covina in semis for first time ever: Even when things looked bleak, the Covina High School boys soccer team kept after visiting La Canada in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinals on Friday.The patience and persistence finally paid off for the Colts, scoring twice in a five-minute span to turn the tables, winning 2-1 to advance to the semifinals for the first time in school history. Covina (16-3-3) will face the Cerritos Valley Christian-Desert Mirage winner in the semifinals on Tuesday, but it gets the weekend to celebrate its historic run.

Gladstone’s dream season ends: The Gladstone boys soccer team’s Cinderella season came to an end against South Torrance on Friday.The seventh-seeded Spartans came from behind to win the CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinal game, 3-1.
The Spartans (18-4-1)will play the winner of the Valencia-Chaparral match next week.“This is a very difficult place to play,” Spartans coach Chad Lagerway said. “It was just a gut check, and it came down to who was most determined.”

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