Marina 14, Saddleback 5--Marina, seeded second, started off slow with a one-point first quarter but picked up momentum to score six goals in the second quarter and five in the third. Senior Justin Fassnacht had four goals and four steals for the Vikings. Senior Jeff Larson had four assists and two goals and sophomore David Wagner had three goals for Marina (24-4). Julian Gonzalez scored four goals for Saddleback (20-8).
Servite 13, Esperanza 8--Esperanza (17-10), a wild-card entrant, trailed, 6-5, with 5:10 left in the second quarter, but top-seeded Servite (25-3) scored six of the next seven goals to take a commanding lead and advanced to Saturday’s semifinal against University. Dane Jensen scored a game-high four goals for the Friars and Eric Woolery and Jarrod Cruzat scored three apiece. Esperanza’s Ben Bahner had three goals.
University 9, Los Alamitos 6--University trailed defending Division II champion Los Alamitos by one goal at the end of the half but the Trojans came back with a four-goal third quarter to take the lead. Ted Peck started the third-quarter surge, scoring two goals to tie the score, 6-6. Kenny Nakahara scored the eventual winner at the end of the third quarter. Peck finished with four goals.
Nakahara and Nate Huebsch had two goals each and Evan Slavik had eight saves for University (24-5).
The Trojans haven’t advanced this far in the Southern Section playoffs since 1974, when University defeated Laguna Beach in the Division 3-A championship game.
In Division VI:
Brea Olinda 9, Chino Hills Ayala 7--Derek Slabaugh’s defensive play was a key to the Wildcats’ victory as the two-meter man accounted for eight steals in addition to his two goals. Brea (13-14) scored five goals in the fourth quarter. Mark Becher had three goals and Jeff Baxley had two for Brea, which plays La Verne Bonita in a Saturday semifinal game.
Western 8, Hacienda Heights Los Altos 7--Brothers Al and Bryan Rabanera combined for five goals and helped advance the Pioneers to their first Southern Section semifinal.
Al, a senior, scored three goals, and Bryan, a junior, had two. Ronny Cunningham made 13 saves for the Pioneers (22-4), which will play Rowland Heights Rowland Saturday.