Optimism runs rampant

first_imgThe road to the CIF-Southern Section Division IV girls soccer championship begins with a local matchup of area powers. Del Rey League champion La Salle (20-2-2) earned the No. 3 seed and has high expectations entering the playoffs, but the Lancers will be tested in the first round against visiting South Pasadena (10-8-6), the third-place team from the powerful Rio Hondo League. Monrovia (11-5-4) owns the Rio Hondo League’s No. 1 seed after finishing in a tie with La Ca ada and will play the winner of Wednesday’s wild-card game between Perris (7-13-4) and Palm Desert (12-6-2). After finishing second in the Pacific League, Arcadia (14-6-3) earned a Division II first-round home game against Irvine (9-11-1). Irvine finished second in the powerful Pacific Coast League behind champion University. If the Apaches reach the second round, they likely will face No. 2 Hart (22-3-1). Pasadena (11-4-3) earned a wild-card berth after finishing fourth in the Pacific League and will be on the road Wednesday against Westlake High School (9-2-8). The winner will face Golden League champion Highland (12-4-7). Prep League runner-up Westridge (10-2-5) hosts Miramonte League second-place finisher Hacienda Heights Wilson (12-7-1) in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Friday. “We’re excited to be playing one of the top-ranked teams in the division, and I’m hoping they overlook us,” Tigers coach Terry Cassidy said. “I saw them in the Flintridge Sacred Heart tournament, so I’m familiar with some of their players. But we’re as healthy as we have been all year, and if we keep it close going into the second half, there could be an upset in the making.” La Ca ada (12-5-4), the Rio Hondo League co-champion, enters the playoffs as a No. 2 team from the league and with a very difficult first-round game on Friday. The Spartans will be on the road against Santa Fe (15-5-3), the second-place finisher from the Del Rio League, which boasts top-seeded La Serna. center_img Wilson finished second in the Miramonte to Bonita and will provide a stiff test for the Tigers, who reached the Division IV quarterfinals last season. Alpha League champion Maranatha (21-1-3) secured the top seed for the Division V playoffs and will meet the winner of Wednesday’s wild-card game between Nordhoff and Paraclete in a first-round match on Friday. Gabrielino (10-4-3), the champions from the Mission Valley League, opens the first round at home against De Anza League runner-up Big Bear. If Gabrielino and Maranatha advance, they will meet in the second round. Delphic League champion Marshall (11-4) and Horizon League champion Alverno (7-9-1) both have Division VI first-round home games on Friday. The Eagles will face the winner of Wednesday’s wild-card game between Sierra Vista and Bell-Jeff. Alverno will host Woodcrest Christian (17-8), the second-place team from the Big Sky League. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more