By Eric Terrazas, Staff Writer
El Rancho High School has looked impressive thus far in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 boys soccer playoffs.
The Del Rio League champion Dons (24-2-1) will look to keep that momentum going when they visit Century (14-9-4) in today’s semifinal at 3:30 p.m.
El Rancho, coming off a 5-0 quarterfinal win Friday over La Sierra, has outscored its opponents 16-1 in its three postseason matches.
Alex Roldan scored twice to lead the Dons on Friday. Agustin Hernandez, Jorge Hernandez and Jeffrey Valenzuela each added a goal against La Sierra.
With a win today, the top-seeded Dons would advance to their third consecutive division championship game. El Rancho captured a division crown in 2011 but lost in the final last year.
Dons coach Dominic Picon hopes the best is yet to come for this year’s squad.
“Our kids are excited,” Picon said. “They are playing well. Hopefully, we are ready.
“We have had an up-and-down season. I think we’re starting to peak at the right time.”
The Centurions, who took second place in the Orange League with a 7-3 record, are led by forward Ronaldo Pineda, who scored four goals in a 4-2 quarterfinal triumph over Oxnard. Pineda has scored a school-record 24 goals this season.
La Mirada (16-2-4) at Downey (20-3-2), 5 p.m.
La Mirada reached the Division 4 semifinals with a 2-1 win over Riverside Poly.