High School Boys, Girls Soccer: Area teams look to keep momentum

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.

GIRLS SOCCER

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.

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  • disqus_Syz8Xe5W5x

    Any word on El Rancho v. Century?

  • http://twitter.com/WhittierPreps Eric Terrazas

    Final score: El Rancho 3, Century 2

  • Goblue

    Damn Terrazas, you called it at the beginning of the season when you picked El Rancho to get to the final in your preseason boys soccer preview this year. Oh wait, you didn’t bother doing one. Guess soccer ain’t as important as girls basketball. Check out the El Rancho Boys Soccer Facebook page. That’s how we feel about the WDN. Go cover something else this weekend. That’s what you have done all season anyway! Peace.