The question over No. 1 has been answered for now

There weren’t two more hotter boys soccer teams heading into Thursday than El Rancho and California High School, the only two area squads with double digit wins.

El Rancho (13-1 overall, 3-0 in league) took a small but significant step toward another Del Rio League title by defeating California 3-1.

“We were ready for this game, no doubt,” El Rancho junior forward Francisco Lara said. “We have a real good team and we’ve beaten California the last few years, so we had to come out strong.”

El Rancho’s Francisco Lara took aim at California’s goal in the second half of a Del Rio League prep soccer match as El Rancho beat California 3-1. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)

You have to love the crowds at El Rancho

The Dons next host unbeaten Pioneer (7-2-2, 3-0) on Tuesday.

The Condors (11-2-1, 2-1) played well for spurts at time and coach Eugene Chavez said his team won’t focus on the loss long.

“El Rancho played harder and wanted it more. We need to improve,” Chavez said. “But, it’s just one game, and we can’t dwell on this loss.”

Here’s the link to the story – Top-ranked El Rancho takes down California

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  • anonymous

    Pioneer has not lost at el rancho the past two seasons, get ready for a tight, highly emotional game

  • mark garcia

    Pioneer came to la serna last week and played a heck of a game. Those kids dont stop going. The coach has them on something good. It should be a good game. El rancho has everything to lose. El Rancho better watch out for La Serna on thursday. Our kids are going to give them a battle.

  • anonymous

    el rancho has this all day !!!! we have been stomping for the last couple years, and we will stomp tomorrow and thursday. la serna lost to pioneer !! they are not going to beat el rancho. DEL RIO IS NO MATCH FOR THE RANCH !!!!!

  • titan

    relax anonymos…….el rancho is more than twice the size population wise than pioneer…so are the other schools in the del rio league….pioneer is already at a disadvantage….i would hope el rancho would have a better crop of kids to pick from to beat pioneer….its all good though, because pioneer is holding their own……too bad the ranch sucks at everything else!!!!