Four area teams make Division 1 playoffs in both boys’ and girls’ soccer

Huntington Beach's Grant James (25) celebrates after scoring a goal against Newport Harbor.
Huntington Beach’s Grant James (25) celebrates after scoring a goal against Newport Harbor in the second half of a Wave League boys’ soccer match on Jan. 28.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

The Huntington Beach High boys’ soccer team won the Wave League title this season, perhaps setting the stage for a memorable postseason run as well.

The Oilers are the No. 4 seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, they learned when the section released brackets Tuesday morning.

Corona del Mar, Edison and Newport Harbor will also vie in the Division 1 boys’ soccer playoffs. Estancia is the No. 3 seed in Division 2, while Los Amigos made it in Division 3.

All first-round boys’ soccer matches are scheduled for Friday.

No local teams earned top-four seeds on the girls’ side, but a total of nine teams qualified for the postseason, with first-round matches to be played Saturday. They include Edison, Huntington Beach, Newport Harbor and Marina in Division 1, Corona del Mar in Division 2, Ocean View in Division 3, Costa Mesa in Division 4 and Los Amigos and Sage Hill in Division 6.

The Huntington Beach boys (14-2-5) will host Long Beach Millikan (11-6-6) in a Division 1 first-round match Friday at 5 p.m. If the Oilers win, they could see Sunset Conference foe Los Alamitos in the second round Tuesday.

Newport Harbor (8-5-4), which finished second in the Wave League, plays at Fullerton (16-2-1) in the first round. The conference’s other postseason qualifiers also start with road matches, as Surf League runner-up Edison (9-7-3) plays at Villa Park (18-4-1).

Corona del Mar (11-5), which made it as an at-large team after finishing third in the Surf League, has to travel to play at No. 2-seeded Bay League champion Mira Costa (12-1-4) in the first round. The Sea Kings could face the Sailors in the quarterfinals, though both teams have two wins to go before earning that Battle of the Bay matchup.

Estancia's Felix Solis gestures to the sideline after scoring against Santa Ana on Jan. 14 in an Orange Coast League match.
Estancia’s Felix Solis gestures to the sideline after scoring against Santa Ana on Jan. 14 in an Orange Coast League match.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

Orange Coast League runner-up Estancia (7-11-2) opens with a home match against Oxnard Pacifica (11-6-6). Estancia rallied after going 0-9-1 in nonleague play.

Garden Grove League champion Los Amigos (13-3-1) will host Esperanza (7-7-3) in the opening round.

In Division 1 girls’ action, Newport Harbor (12-9-4) is the only team with a home match Saturday. The Wave League champion Sailors will entertain West Hills Chaminade (15-2-3) in the first round.

Edison (13-8-2), which beat Huntington Beach in a Surf League tiebreaker match for second place, plays at Claremont (19-0-1). The Oilers (14-6-3), who got in as an at-large team, travel to play at top-seeded Corona Santiago (18-1-3), the Big VIII League champion.

Wave League runner-up Marina (7-9-2) will play at Manhattan Beach Mira Costa (12-3).

CdM (12-7-2) made it as an at-large team in Division 2 and travels to Crescenta Valley (10-2-1) in the first round. In Division 3, Golden West League third-place finisher Ocean View (9-6-2) travels to Whittier La Serna (14-9-2).

Costa Mesa's Natalie Schwarzmann, left, and Bryanna Elias celebrate scoring a goal against Calvary Chapel on Jan. 27.
(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

Orange Coast League champion Costa Mesa (10-10-3) opens the Division 4 girls’ soccer playoffs at home against California (17-8-2).

A local-local matchup occurs in the wild-card round of Division 6, as Sage Hill (7-5-4) plays at Los Amigos (12-5) on Thursday. The Lightning finished third in the San Joaquin League, while the Lobos were runner-up in the Garden Grove League.

The winner of Thursday’s match plays at Anaheim in the first round on Saturday.


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