Time for redemption in Southland highschool soccer

It’s a second that also haunts the Lake Balboa Birmingham Excessive boys’ soccer staff.

“It’s hard to forget,” sophomore Adrian Diaz mentioned.

The closely favored Patriots misplaced to South East 2-1 in final yr’s Metropolis Part championship sport on a purpose in additional time by Nico Magaña. It was a defensive breakdown.

“You coach this game long enough you understand one mistake can overturn an entire game and you learn to live with it,” coach EB Madha mentioned. “That’s why we love this game. It can be cruel and beautiful at the same time.”

The Patriots received’t have their four-year standout David Diaz to pester groups with objectives this season — he moved on to Cal State Northridge. However they continue to be the Metropolis title favorites behind sophomores Adrian Diaz and Steven Ramos in addition to seniors Tony Macedo and Joe Barcenna. They’ve additionally employed a goalie coach and added one of many prime gamers from rival Woodland Hills El Camino Actual, Julio Chacon, which is able to make the 2 groups’ annual West Valley League video games much more spicier.

“It’s tough when one of your leaders goes to a rival school, but we’re going to treat it like any other,” El Camino Actual coach Ian Kogan mentioned.

El Camino Actual, which additionally misplaced to South East final season within the playoffs, returns one of many Metropolis Part’s greatest gamers in Pedro Perez and has excessive hopes for sophomore Bladimir Coto.

South East coach Felipe Bernal surprised Birmingham and El Camino Actual in back-to-back matches final season, so the Jaguars have everybody’s respect. They return Adan Gonzalez however will depend on a number of sophomores to defend their title, together with Nick Hernandez and Bernal’s son, Felipe Damon. “We have a lot of great talent but they’re young,” Bernal mentioned.

With the World Cup being performed, coaches and gamers have by no means been extra excited a few soccer season starting. After all, there’s one drawback — lack of sleep from staying up late or getting up early to observe matches in Qatar.

“My biggest concern is their rest,” L.A. Cathedral coach Arturo Lopez mentioned. “The World Cup happens every four years. I’m being considerate, starting practices later. It’s thrilling. It’s exciting. I see how energized the boys are and it’s a great talking point and a useful tool to connect with them on a different level.”

Cathedral is scheduled to play L.A. Loyola on Saturday at Cathedral in a 5 p.m. match that has turn out to be often called the Downtown World Cup. Senior ahead Angel Guerra, a Cal Baptist commit, is a three-year varsity participant for the Phantoms.

Anaheim Servite performed a number of younger gamers final season whereas successful the Southern Part Division 1 championship. The Friars return second-leading scorer Dylan Graham and prime junior Joe Moyer. Santa Ana Mater Dei and Santa Ana Godinez even have prime groups.

Reagan Heslin of San Juan Capistrano JSerra was the one underclassman on final yr’s All-CIF Division 1 soccer staff. Division 3 participant of the yr Mathias Brown is again for Fullerton Sunny Hills after starring as a kicker for the soccer staff.

Ladies’ soccer

Richard Simms, the women’ soccer coach at Studio Metropolis Harvard-Westlake, has what he considers are “the most talented managers in the history of soccer.” That’s as a result of USA nationwide staff member Alyssa Thompson, a senior, and her sister, Gisele, a junior, are unlikely to be out there this season due to nationwide staff commitments.

“They’re both training with us and would like to play,” Simms mentioned.

If out there, Harvard-Westlake could be unstoppable. With out them, the Wolverines should depend on tremendous sophomore Victoria Pugh.

Westlake Village Oaks Christian appears robust, led by Ohio State commit Berkeley Mape and Lengthy Seaside State commit Kailey Supa.

Defender Zoe Willis returns for defending Division 1 champions Temecula Valley.

Within the Metropolis Part, El Camino Actual misplaced standout Ava Tibor to a knee harm however gained standout Julie Lopez, a switch from Pasadena La Salle. Goalie Madison Lee is again for Reseda Cleveland, the defending Division I champion.