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 spaces and available for the ball.”
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• 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 is also 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 has never run 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.
• Angela Choi, senior basketball student at Oxford Academy, is a CIF Spirit of Sport Award Winner. Choi was the Team MVP, plays oboe in the school’s symphony orchestra and wind ensemble, is co-president of the Instrumental Music Council, volunteer in the Orange County Math Circle, and director and coach of fourth- through sixth grades of Morris Elementary math teams.
• Pacific Coast League baseball teams have only played league games this season. Woodbridge’s 20-3 record, which went against each other in the regular season finals on Thursday, was forged from nothing but league games, as was Beckman’s 17-6 record.
• Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor will play the boys division 1 volleyball semifinals on Saturday. Newport Harbor is at home against Loyola, who beat Newport Harbor 3-1 on April 17. Corona del Mar is with Mira Costa, a team that beat Corona del Mar 3-0 on April 14th.
• If Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar reach the Division 1 final on June 5th, that game will be played in Corona del Mar. All CIF-SS volleyball finals this season will take place at the locations of the host schools. (If two teams meet after the first round of the playoffs, the team with the lowest number of home games at that time of the playoffs is the home team.) In Division 1, which has eight teams, Corona del Mar was the home team once, in the first round when the Sea Kings defeated Mater Dei and Newport Harbor is home for the second time in their match against Loyola.
• Corona del Mar has won 10 CIF SS boys volleyball championships. Newport Harbor has won four times, most recently in 2019. Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor have met three times in the CIF-SS finals, with Corona del Mar winning twice (2000 and 2018) and Newport Harbor once (1999).