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SOUTHERN SECTION SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS : Tonight’s Boys’ Games : Mission Viejo Will Meet Santa Barbara for 3-A Title

Times Staff Writer

Mission Viejo High School is the only team of five seeded Orange County boys’ soccer teams to advance to the finals of the Southern Section playoffs.

The Diablos (22-1-3), the top-seeded team in the 3-A, meet unseeded Santa Barbara (21-1-6) in the 3-A championship at 8 tonight at Gahr High School in Cerritos.

The Diablos field a strong and unselfish offensive unit. Fifteen of the team’s 16 field players have scored at least once.

Midfielder Joe-Max Moore leads the way with 24 goals and 10 assists, followed by Andy Wortrich with 13 goals and 15 assists.

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Whittier Christian, top-seeded in the Small Schools division; Brea-Olinda, top-seeded in the 2-A; Pacifica, third-seeded in the 2-A; and Santa Ana, third seeded in the 3-A, all have been eliminated.

Though the seeded teams have been upset, unseeded teams, such as Edison, have take up the slack. The Chargers, the No. 1 team from the Sunset League, advanced to the final in the 4-A.

In the 2-A, unseeded Esperanza (16-3-2), the top team from the Empire League, plays Central (21-1-1) for the championship tonight at Gahr at 6.

Second-year Coach Kino Oaxaca’s Aztecs are out to prove to the rest of the Empire League that they are a quality team.

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Despite winning the Empire League, the Aztecs were overlooked by the league coaches when it came time to select the all-Empire League soccer squad. The coaches selected only one Aztec, Darin Martinez.


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