The championship race in both boys' and girls' Sunset League soccer went down to the final week of the season last week, and in the end it was Marina and Edison that claimed titles.
Marina won the boys' title after playing Edison to a scoreless tie Feb. 8. A day later, Edison took the girls' title by winning, 2-1, at Los Alamitos in a showdown that determined the champion. The triumph allowed the Chargers to repeat as Sunset champion.
Audrey Minar scored Edison's first goal and Kelsey Wetzstein provided the Chargers with the winning goal with 10 minutes remaining. It was the second game-winning goal posted by Wetzstein last week. Her goal against Marina on Feb. 7 was the difference in a 3-2 victory. Wetzstein also had two assists in the Chargers final two league games.
Edison (15-5-4) opens play in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs Friday. The Chargers, ranked sixth in the final Division 1 rankings, host Foothill (Century No. 4, 11-5-7) at 5 p.m.
Huntington Beach (7-7-2) received an at-large berth to the Division 1 playoffs and played a wild-card game on Wednesday at West Ranch (Foothill at-large, 10-5-5). The score wasn't available at press time. The winner advances to play at the division's No. 1-seed, Corona del Mar (19-1-2), at 3 p.m. Friday.
Ocean View finished in second place in the Golden West League after falling, 2-1, to Segerstrom in a Feb. 9 contest that determined the league champion. Senior Aleanna Vargas scored and freshman Malia Hayes had 11 saves. The Seahawks (18-5-1), ranked seventh in Division 6, start postseason play Friday and host Nogales (9-15, Valle Vista No. 3) at 3 p.m.
Marina launches its CIF title bid Thursday when the Vikings (16-2-6, ranked No. 8 in Division 1) host El Toro (15-6-4, South Coast No. 3) at 3 p.m.
Fountain Valley and Edison both started postseason play in Division 1 on Tuesday. Fountain Valley, the third-place team from the Sunset League, advanced after knocking off visiting Santa Margarita, 4-3, in a wild-card match. The Barons move on to face No. 2-seed San Clemente (14-2-7) at 3 p.m. Thursday at San Clemente.
Edison, an at-large entry from the Sunset League, was eliminated following a 2-0 wild-card loss against Long Beach Wilson.
Ocean View earned a spot in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs after rallying from a 1-0 halftime deficit Tuesday to down visiting Centennial of Corona, 3-1, in a wild-card match.
The Seahawks (12-8-2, Golden West No. 3) advanced to play at 3 p.m. Thursday at Southwestern League-champ Great Oak.
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Edison and Huntington Beach played Division 1 wild-card games Tuesday and only the Chargers advanced.
Edison, the No. 3 team from the Sunset League, ran up a 19-6 score on Peninsula (10-15, Bay No. 3) at Ocean View High. Alys Williams led the scoring with six goals and Abby Oshiro scored three. Sydni Estrella had nine saves.
"Our girls are very focused as we head into the playoffs," Edison Coach Diggy Riley said. " "The coaching staff has been talking to them about the need for the girls to play with a sense of urgency, as well as with a ton of passion and intensity from start to finish."
Edison, 16-11 and ranked seventh in Division 1, traveled north Wednesday for a first-round match at sixth-ranked Santa Barbara. The score wasn't available at press time.
Villa Park (Century No. 3) outscored Huntington, 3-1, in the fourth quarter, to pull out a 9-8 win. Ellen Hayami scored three goals and had an assist and Samantha Preston scored twice for the ninth-ranked Oilers, an at-large entry to the playoffs who finished the year 20-9.