Roundup: David Diaz scores twice to help keep Birmingham soccer unbeaten

Anthony Miron, left, and David Diaz celebrate Birmingham's 4-0 win over El Camino Real on Tuesday.
(Birmingham High School)

There’s no doubting how big the soccer matchup was Tuesday matching unbeaten El Camino Real against unbeaten Birmingham. They are not only the best in the City Section, but both have shown they can play against top Southern Section teams.

Birmingham coach EB Madha has long believed this could be one of his best teams, and the Patriots sure looked dominant in a 4-0 victory, improving to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the West Valley League.

David Diaz got an early goal for Birmingham, then set up a second goal from Enrique Pineda. The Patriots opened a 3-0 lead at the break after a goal from Marcos Guerrero. Then Diaz added his second goal of the game.


Madha considers Diaz, who also kicks for the football team, as a potential future pro soccer player.

“He plays with an intensity that none of the other guys play with,” Madha said. “He had not stepped up until today.”

Birmingham tried to set up a game with L.A. Cathedral, the No. 1 team in Southern Section Division 1. It didn’t work out. If there are Southern California regional playoffs, perhaps the matchup will happen.

“It was a good performance by the younger players that jumped in for a couple players that were injured,” Madha said.

Downey 3, Warren 0: Diego Cortes scored two goals in the victory.

Girls’ soccer

Birmingham 1, El Camino Real 0: Dulce Rodriguez scored the game’s only goal.


Harvard-Westlake 4, Loyola 0: Christian Becerra threw a three-hit shutout, striking out nine. George Cooper hit a home run.


Alemany 3, St. Francis 1: The Warriors won the Mission League game. Michael Nunez struck out 11.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 4, Crespi 2: The Knights won in eight innings.

South Hills 5, Etiwanda 0: Three pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

San Pedro 4, Garfield 1: Rhett Peterlin struck out six in a complete game.

Sierra Canyon 9, Viewpoint 3: Jaden Noot struck out seven.

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Capistrano Valley 9, Corona Santiago 2: Matthew Dobson had two hits and two RBIs.

Simi Valley 4, Moorpark 0: Shane Alderete threw the shutout with five strikeouts and one walk.

Royal 14, Oak Park 5: The Highlanders remain unbeaten at 12-0.

Santa Margarita 7, Mira Costa 4: Collin Clarke allowed no hits and no runs in four innings of shutout relief. Ethan Flanagan and Trent Caraway each had two hits.

Elsinore 11, Vista del Lago 4: Kyle Thoulion had four RBIs.

Beckman 4, Irvine 2: Nick McLain, Blake Dimos, Jacob Zamosky and Paul Murrow each had two hits for Beckman.

Chatsworth 12, Marshall 2: Barry Menijivar and Nate Flores each had two weeks, and Flores threw five innings for the unbeaten Chancellors.

Banning 9, Torres 3: Anthony Joya gave up his first hit of the season but ended up with six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Vincent Sandi had five RBIs, including a three-run double.

Corona 14, JW North 1: Freshman catcher Josh Springer was four for four with two triples.

Crescenta Valley 20, Muir 2: Noah Maddox had a grand slam and finished with seven RBIs.

Corona del Mar 6, La Mirada 0: Keller Strauss threw a three-game shutout. Corona del Mar is 8-2.


Los Alamitos 14, Marina 4: Taylor Johnson hit a three-run home run as the Griffins improved to 10-0. Sophie Nugent hit a three-run home run, and freshman Alyssa Ramos also homered.

Boys’ basketball

Etiwanda 64, Damien 60: In one of the great coaching achievements, Etiwanda’s Dave Kleckner was unable to schedule any games yet, so he took his 0-0 team into 15-0 Damien and won. Jahmai Mashack finished with nine rebounds and seven blocks.

Malik Thomas scored 26 points for Damien.

Windward 50, Bishop Montgomery 44: The Wildcats won the road game. Kijani Wright finished with 17 points and nine rebounds for 6-1 Windward.


Village Christian 59, Heritage Christian 54: The Crusaders won in overtime. Isaiah Elohim scored 22 points and Kyle Frelow 20 points for Heritage Christian.

West Ranch 76, Hart 43: In a Foothill League opener, West Ranch pulled away.

Saugus 78, Valencia 72: Nathan Perez led Saugus with 29 points.

Campbell Hall 66, Viewpoint 55: Andrew Younan had 16 points for Viewpoint.

Shalhevet 78, Pacifica Christian 53: Zeev Remer finished with 36 points.

Girls’ basketball

Chaminade 70, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 43: Jessa Thurman scored 20 points.

Santa Ana Mater Dei 67, Cathedral Catholic 64: Brooke Demetre scored 31 points for the Monarchs.

Muir 74, Pasadena Poly 68: Jyah LoVett, a junior point guard who’s the sister of former Burbank Providence star Marcus LoVett Jr., scored 55 points.