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Is Another Run in the Works?

Posted: February 12, 2008 12:31 p.m.
Updated: April 14, 2008 2:01 a.m.

Saugus High soccer players Ashley Dale, left, and Shelby Searcy, center, embrace after a goal Thursday against West Ranch High. West Ranch's Dani Murillo (19) walks by. Saugus is the No. 2 seed in the CIF-SS Division II playoffs.

For half, it's game over.

For the other half, it's just getting started.
Both the boys and girls soccer teams from Saugus, Hart and Canyon high schools have each qualified for the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs while Golden Valley, Valencia and West Ranch were shut out by the pairings released Monday afternoon by the CIF-SS.
Among the remaining teams are the two standouts from last year's trips to the playoffs - the semifinalist Saugus High boys and Hart High girls - albeit with tougher roads than they received last time around.
But there's a new team that appears poised to follow their lead.
The Centurion girls, winners of their first-ever outright Foothill League championship this season, will start their playoff lives Saturday at home against the wild-card winner between Rowland and Rialto.
Saugus will do so as a No. 2 seed.
"I think it's well-deserved," said Saugus head coach Lisa Rollo, whose teams have yet to get beyond the first round in two prior playoff trips. "The girls came together against some really good competition and they're on their way now to getting Saugus up there."
Hart's second-place girls team, final four members a year ago, will also start at home this year, with a showdown with Don Lugo.
Only the Canyon High girls team, which tied with Hart for second place in league but is seeded as a third-place team due to a tiebreaker, will be forced to play in a wild-card game of the group.
The Cowboys will host Newbury Park Wednesday, with the winner traveling to play Walnut High School in Saturday's opening round.
In the boys playoffs, only champions will represent the league.
That includes the Centurions.
If the Saugus boys are to repeat last year's run in which they went farther than any Foothill League boys soccer team has gone before, they will have to start by beating Montclair Friday on the road.
Then comes a potential showdown with No. 1 Santa Barbara.
"Last year we beat four top-10 teams," said Saugus head coach Seth Groller. "We'll try to build off of that. "It's a tough road ahead, that's for sure, but we'll be motivated to do the same thing we did last year."
Despite successfully defending last season's league crown, the Centurions drew the shortest straw on the tie-breaking stick.
Canyon got the next shortest.
The Cowboys will travel to take on Villa Park in the first round, still stinging from a season-ending loss to the Hart Indians which cost the Cowboys a chance from holding the crown all to themselves.
The Indians, unlike Canyon, will receive a home game.
Hart will host Peninsula.
"If we keep playing the way we did our last game against Canyon and our last game against Saugus, we should be fine," said Hart head coach Robert Ramirez. "We just want to get past that first round and build some momentum and take this as far as we can go."


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