High School Roundup: Fountain Valley boys’ soccer bounces back to win playoff opener
Malachi Wright had two goals to lead the Fountain Valley High boys’ soccer team to a 3-1 win over visiting Santiago in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs on Thursday afternoon.
Sebastian Rus added a goal and an assist for the Barons, who were second in the Wave League this season. Goalkeeper Dylan Sprangel also made six saves in the second half.
“Before the game, I was just saying that we have to stay positive because we’ve been negative and screaming at each other, and that doesn’t really help,” Wright said. “I just said, ‘Stay positive, stay in the game, have fun, get motivated, pump each other up,’ and we got the win.”
“Our goal is to try to win CIF [after] our loss in the league [championship match to Huntington Beach].”
Fountain Valley (15-6) will host Riverside King (18-5-3) in the second round on Saturday.
Edison 1, Santa Margarita 0 (OT): Chase Bullock scored the golden goal for the host Chargers in the second overtime in Thursday’s CIF Southern Section Division 1 first-round playoff match.
Wyatt Burris provided the assist.
The Surf League champion Chargers (14-5-5) will travel to Palos Verdes (10-9-3) for the second round on Saturday.
Santa Ana 2, Corona del Mar 0: The visiting Sea Kings were shutout in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs at Santa Ana Stadium.
CdM, an at-large selection, finished the season 12-5-2.
El Monte 3, Los Amigos 2: The host Lobos allowed three second-half goals in Thursday’s CIF Southern Section Division 5 first-round playoff match.
Francisco Lopez and Alfonso Montano scored in the first half for the Lobos (14-4-1), which shared the Garden Grove League title with Santiago and Loara this season.
Sage Hill 3, Cerritos Valley Christian 2: The visiting Lightning defeated the No. 3 seed in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 playoffs on Thursday.
Sage Hill (7-6) will host Nuevo Nuview Bridge (12-1-2) in the second round on Saturday.
Pacifica Christian Orange County 4, Rancho Cucamonga United Christian Academy 3 (OT): Brady Sahlin cashed in the rebound on the initial shot from Nicholas Kutscher to win Thursday’s CIF Southern Section Division 7 first-round playoff match in overtime.
Shane Rodecker, Bennett Penticuff and Evan Nordstrom also scored for Pacifica Christian (7-8-4), which will host Santa Barbara Bishop Diego (12-3) in the second round on Saturday.
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Laguna Beach 13, Mater Dei 7: Morgan Van Alphen scored three goals for the Breakers in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinal playoff match Thursday at Foothill High.
Claire Kelly, Emma Lineback and Nicole Struss all scored twice for top-seeded Laguna Beach (27-1), which plays No. 4 Foothill in a semifinal match Wednesday at Irvine’s Woollett Aquatics Center.
Corona del Mar 7, Goleta Dos Pueblos 5: Sophie Wallace scored three goals as the Sea Kings upset the No. 3 seed on the road Thursday in a CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinal playoff match.
Carter Britt had two goals and two assists for CdM (18-7), and Megan Peterson had a goal and two field blocks. Grace Myers also scored and Maya Avital made nine saves.
The Sea Kings play No. 2 Orange Lutheran in the semifinals Wednesday at Irvine’s Woollett Aquatics Center.
Edison 7, Temecula Great Oak 4: Delaney Lewellyn scored three goals for the Chargers in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 second-round playoff match Thursday at Westminster High.
Edison (13-16) plays at No. 2-seeded Dana Hills in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Moreno Valley Valley View 12, Costa Mesa 7: Tauita Uiagalelei scored four goals for the host Mustangs in the CIF Southern Section Division 5 second-round playoff match Thursday.
Sofia Rice added two goals for Costa Mesa (15-13) against top-seeded Valley View.
Whittier Pioneer 38, Marina 36: Katie Nguyen had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the host Vikings in Thursday’s CIF Southern Section Division 3A first-round playoff game.
Emily Sakamoto added nine points, and Kat Robinson chipped in with seven points and six rebounds.
Marina (19-10) was the Wave League champion this season.
El Segundo 44, Sage Hill 28: Emily Elliott had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the visiting Lightning in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3A playoffs on Thursday.
Sage Hill (14-8) was the third-place team out of the San Joaquin League.
Fountain Valley 72, Westminster La Quinta 28: Zoe Ziegler had 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots to lead the visiting Barons in Thursday’s CIF Southern Section Division 4AA first-round playoff game.
Margaret Tengan had 11 points and five assists. Melissa Rivera and Audrey Tengan finished with eight points and six rebounds apiece, while Megan Lai chipped in with 12 points, three assists and three steals.
Fountain Valley (15-14) will host No. 2-seeded Covina Northview (24-5) in the second round on Saturday.
Costa Mesa 54, St. Margaret’s 49: Katie Belmontes had 25 points to lead the host Mustangs to an upset of the No. 2 seed on Thursday in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5AA playoffs.
Tarah Harmon added 15 points. Samantha Filner and Amy Martinez each had five points.
Costa Mesa (15-12), which shared the Orange Coast League title with Santa Ana this season, will play at Riverside Prep (16-11) in the second round on Saturday.
Saddleback 48, Pacifica Christian Orange County 15: Hailey MacKay had eight points, and Anna Eddy added five points for the host Tritons in Thursday’s CIF Southern Section Division 5A first-round playoff game.
Pacifica Christian (12-4) was the Western League champion this season.
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