It will be a matchup of two undefeated girls’ soccer teams when Villa Park plays Harvard-Westlake in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 final at El Modena High on Saturday.

Villa Park is 15-0-3 but the Spartans will be the underdogs against 15-0 Harvard-Westlake.

The Wolverines are number 1 in the rankings of United Soccer Coaches Regional VII and number 4 nationwide. Villa Park is not classified.

“They will probably be one of the more technical teams we play against,” said Villa Park coach Breanna Carrillo.

“Technical” means that the Wolverines dribble, pass, and shoot with fundamental perfection.

Villa Park is an attacking team, as the Spartans showed in their 5-3 victory over Pacifica in the semifinals. Aaliyah Farmer, who signed with USC, scored four goals for the Spartans.

Carrillo likes the depth of her team, which allows her to replace regularly without losing the flow. She said midfielders Paige Califf, Jessica Ramirez and Gracie Vanderschraaf along with strikers Tiana Salazar and Pyper Slattery and goalkeeper Mikayla Kendall were instrumental in this.

“Everyone plays an important role,” said Carrillo. “It was all a total team effort.”

Farmer said the Spartans are most effective when they aggressively keep the ball in constant motion.

“When we’re at our best,” she said, “our midfielders swing the ball around a lot and we as strikers are in good rooms and available for the ball.”

Tickets for the Harvard-Westlake v Villa Park game, like so many CIF-SS championship events, are only available in advance at It’s like jumping into an Angels game these days – all the apps, all the time. Prices are $ 5- $ 12.


• Remarkable results in the first round of boys’ basketball… JSerra defeated Mayfair in Division 1 70-36 by a large margin… Laguna Beach scored a 67-46 win over Cypress in Division 2AA… In 2A, Aliso defeated Niguel Trabuco Hills 66 – 61 and plays Friday for Servite, a 59-43 winner over Yorba Linda … Also in 2A, Beckman took a long road trip to score a 57-40 win over La Canada … Brea Olinda is playing a 3AA second round match in Foothill on Friday after beating Tustin 51-33 … Northwood angry Ocean View 65-48 in 3A … Sage Hill lost to ML King 70-63.

• It would be good to see JSerra # 2 and Orange Lutheran # 4 seeded in the Division 1 baseball bracket released Sunday morning. That would put them in opposite halves of the bracket and allow for a rematch of the Division 1 championship of the teams battling for the Trinity League title this week. JSerra defeated Orange Lutheran in two of three games and won the championship. It is more likely that JSerra will be number 3 and Orange Lutheran number 4 after Ayala No. 1 and Harvard-Westlake No. 2, as Harvard-Westlake beat JSerra twice (Harvard-Westlake lost to Orange Lutheran).

• Elsewhere in baseball … Huntington Beach won the championship of this very good circuit 9-0 … Corona del Mar won the Wave League championship … Trabuco Hills won the Sea View League title … Sonora won the Freeway League championship and Ocean View is the champion of the Golden West League … At the competitions on Thursday there were still a few championships to come.

• On the subject of Masters… A large group of his former players went to Mater Dei last Friday for a surprise celebration to honor longtime monarch baseball coach Bob Ickes when Ickes retired after 49 years as a coach and teacher. Younger coaches didn’t have to look any further than Ickes to learn how to train properly.

• Huntington Beach senior softball pitcher Devyn Greer is not only great of the circle, she’s a great batsman. Greer, who signed with Iowa as the pitcher, has nine home runs this season. Another racket for the 20-4 Oilers is senior Mikayla Carman, who, to the surprise, has run all eight home races, including Huntington Beach coach Jeff Forsberg, who said: “She’s never done a home race before, not even in practice . ”

• There is a JSerra-Servite rematch in the CIF-SS Division 3 Boys Tennis Finals on Friday at 2:15 pm at the Fullerton Tennis Center. Servite defeated JSerra twice in the Trinity League 9-9 (82-73) and 13-5. JSerra’s only previous appearance in the boys’ tennis final was in 2017 when the Lions lost to Buckley. Servite finished second in 1987 and won the Division 4 title in 2001.