Seven local boys’ soccer teams qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs last season.
Huntington Beach reached the quarter-finals of Division 2, and in recognition of that feat, the Oilers had named two players, Reid Fisher and Josh Lucas, to the Division 2 All-CIF list. They were the only two players from the region who received such honors in all divisions of the section.
Fisher, a midfielder in the holding center, scored four goals and nine assists for the Oilers. In the playoffs he scored a two-goal performance in a 5-1 win in the first round against Estancia. Fisher also scored the decisive goal in Tustin’s 1-0 stoppage time win in the second round.
Lucas, an attacking midfielder, scored eleven goals and two assists.
“Both Reid and Josh strive to be the best and they have a desire to win,” said Oilers coach Sean Dick. “Reid led by example and was named captain this year. Josh has a knack for making everyone around him better and he’s done that for the team.
“This team believed from the start that they could have a great season as long as they played for each other and they did just that.”
Huntington Beach (13-3-2) showed consistency throughout the season. The Oilers started without a ranking and climbed to 2nd in the Division 2 poll before finishing the year in sixth place.
A long unbeaten streak resulted in Huntington Beach going 10-0-2 in their first 12 games. The Oilers’ two regular season defeats came during the Wave League game, so Newport Harbor (10-5-2) won the championship straight away.
The run to the quarterfinals proved to be some sort of relief as the Oilers recovered from those hiccups during the league. Huntington Beach lost to Newhall Hart 2-1 in the quarterfinals.
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