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11 local teams make CIF soccer playoffs

Posted: February 17, 2014 1:29 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2014 1:29 p.m.
 

With Monday afternoon’s revealing of the CIF-Southern Section soccer playoffs, the winter playoff slate is set.

This week, 11 Santa Clarita Valley soccer teams — six boys and five girls — will take part in the postseason.

Starting with the girls teams, Hart, Valencia and West Ranch will all play home games to kick off play in the CIF-SS Division II bracket.

As the Foothill League champions, Hart (14-5-4) hosts Ventura (9-6-6) in the first round on Friday and Foothill second-place Valencia (18-3-2) will play at home against Santa Barbara (7-6-4) on the same day.

“I think (the Foothill League) got a pretty good draw when you look at all the powerhouse teams in Division II,” said Valencia head coach Sean O’Connell.

No Foothill teams are matched up against a top four seed in the bracket.

Canyon (13-6-4), the third-place Foothill Newbury Park (14-4-2) on Friday.

After making it to the playoffs as an at-large team, West Ranch (11-9-4) gets a home wild-card game against San Marcos (7-5-6) of Santa Barbara on Wednesday.

“I think all the teams have a really good shot of progressing to the next round,” O’Connell said.

The final local girls team playing this week is Santa Clarita Christian (15-0-4), which hosts Dunn High of Los Olivos on Friday in the first round of the CIF-SS Division VII playoffs.

In the boys draw, Foothill teams didn’t get as much love.

Two of the four league teams have to play wild-card games to get into the main bracket and the second-place Foothill team, Valencia, plays on the road in the first round.

Hart (13-4-4), the league champion, hosts Colony of Ontario (16-5-3) in the first round of the CIF-SS Division IV bracket on Thursday.

“It’s a different tournament,” said Hart head coach Adonay Jovel. “We went through league and now we go to a different tournament.”

The same day Hart plays, Valencia (10-4-6) will travel to face Salesian of Los Angeles (11-8-2).

“Being on the road won’t bother us,” said Valencia head coach Tony Scalercio “We’re not concerned about where we play, but how we play.”

Coming in at third place in league, West Ranch (7-9-3) hosts Bishop Montgomery or Torrance (8-10-1) in a wild-card matchup today.

Saugus (10-10-3), which earned an at-large playoff berth, plays today at Culver City (9-8-2) in another wild-card.

There are also two other local teams playing today in wild-card matchups.

Albert Einstein Academy (6-5-0) plays at Grace Brethren of Simi Valley (9-9-2) while Trinity (5-11-0) hosts Santa Clara of Oxnard (7-6-1) today in a pair of CIF-SS Division VII wild-card games.

All games are set to begin at 3 p.m. unless a different time is later agreed upon.

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