Soccer: Top-seeded Wilson will take on Loyola at LBCC

first_imgThe CIF Southern Section boys and girls soccer finals are only days away, scheduled for Saturday at Downey High and Warren High. But there is one more step for five area teams before they can prepare to play for a title. Today, the boys teams from Wilson and Millikan and the girls teams from Mayfair, La Mirada and Valley Christian play semifinal games with berths in Saturday’s finals at stake. “It’s just another game,” Waddington said. “We’re looking forward to it.” Millikan (28-1-3), seeded No. 2 in Division I, travels to face defending Division I champion Santa Margarita (18-4-5). The Rams and Eagles have never played one another in boys soccer. “They’re playing at home and they’re a very fine team,” said Millikan coach Rod Petkovic. “It’s going to be a very, very tough game. “They’re bigger than us, they’re more physical than us,” Petkovic added. “We’re going to have to try to adjust the game to our abilities, not theirs.” In girls Division III, Suburban League champion Mayfair (24-4-2) plays La Habra (18-5-3) at Bellflower High. The Monsoons are seeded No. 2 and are the defending Division III co-champions. “We’re healthy, we’re excited,” said first-year Wilson coach D’Angelo Waddington, whose top-seeded Bruins (25-1-4) play Loyola at 3 p.m. at Long Beach City College in Division I. Wilson defeated Loyola 3-2 in December at the South Torrance Tournament. While it knows exactly what is at stake today, Waddington’s team is taking a low-key approach. center_img La Mirada (18-9-2), runner-up to Mayfair in the Suburban League, travels to top-seed Sunny Hills (23-1-5). The Lancers are led by high-scoring Tania Taylor. The Matadores will try to isolate Taylor and force the rest of the team to win the game. “If they are going to beat us,” said La Mirada coach Dennis Guerra, “it’s going to have to be the whole team.” In Division V, Valley Christian (17-8-3) hosts North Torrance (17-8-3). The game will be a homecoming of sorts for Saxons coach Dave Christensen, who coached the Valley Christian boys last season. David Felton can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1318. 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