With about three weeks left in the school year, and about six weeks left of season two of the 2020-21 high school sports year (as most will continue into the playoffs well after graduation), another great victory was just achieved with the completion of the boys’ and girls’ soccer seasons.

As the coronavirus pandemic loomed over high school sports this school year, getting to the postseason of any sport was not guaranteed, so this is a positive sign to say the least. As the soccer season wrapped up last week, the CIF Southern Section released its first playoff brackets of the 2020-21 school year this past weekend and several local teams qualified for the postseason.

The Temecula Valley’s girls’ soccer team defeated Great Oak 2-0 in their final match of the season last week, claiming their fourth consecutive Southwestern League title. Valley News/Time Stood Still Photography

As for league championships, Temecula Valley’s girls’ soccer team netted a pair of second-half goals to defeat Great Oak 2-0 in their final match and claim its fourth consecutive Southwestern League title. The Lady Golden Bears will take on Long Beach Wilson at home in first-round action. Arrowhead Christian (11-1) won the Ambassador League championship and received the No. 1 seed in Division 7 and an opening-round bye. With only 15 teams qualifying in Division 7, the Eagles will have to wait until May 18 to play their first match. Arrowhead Christian will host Elsinore (5-6-5) or Santa Rosa Academy (3-3) in the quarterfinals. Linfield Christian finished runner-up to Arrowhead Christian but still picked up the No. 1 seed in Division 6. The Lions will host Citrus Hill (2-3-3) or Alverno Heights Academy (6-2) in a second-round match May 14. Mountain Pass League champion Tahquitz (11-0) is the No. 2 seed in Division 5 and will host Pasadena (4-3) or Notre Dame Academy (2-4-1) in the first round.

For the boys in the Southwestern League, the Chaparral and Murrieta Valley boys’ soccer teams were at opposite ends of the league standings last season. Chaparral claimed the championship, while Murrieta Valley finished in a tie for last place. In their final game last week, the two teams lined up against one another with the 2021 league championship on the line. Chaparral and Murrieta Valley entered the match tied for first place in the standings, and the squads ended the night in the same position. Carlos Elizondo gave Chaparral a 1-0 lead in the first half, but Jordy Verde scored the equalizer in the second half to ensure Murrieta Valley a share of the Southwestern League spoils.

According to Murrieta Valley coach Rob Skinner, this is the program’s first league championship since 1993. While there was some disappointment about having to share the championship this year, Chaparral coach Arthur Covarrubias told the media that back-to-back titles for the program is just reward for hard work over two seasons.

“It’s not easy winning a league title, so being able to defend the title is a great feeling,” Covarrubias said.

Nuview Bridge (7-1) captured the South Valley League title and received the No. 1 seed in the Division 6 bracket. The Knights play host to Woodcrest Christian (8-5-3) or Northview (6-4) in a first-round match May 13. Citrus Hill (10-0-1) won the Mountain Pass League championship to earn the No. 2 seed in Division 5. The Hawks will host Coachella Valley (7-5-3) or North (6-5) in the first round May 13. Ambassador League co-champion Linfield Christian (12-2-3) is the No. 4 seed in Division 6 and will host Hemet (4-5-5) in the first round May 13.

Linfield Christian finished as runner-up in the Ambassador League, but still picked up the No. 1 seed as they prepare for the Division 6 CIF Southern Section girls’ playoffs. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Below is a list of playoff games for Inland teams. Matches can be scheduled for 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. Sites, times and dates are subject to change.

BOYS SOCCER PLAYOFFS

Division 1 & 2 & 3

No local teams

Division 4

First round (Thursday, May 13)

Vista Murrieta 0, Arroyo Valley 5

Carter 0, Chaparral 1

Second round (Saturday, May 15) 

Chaparral 2, Desert Mirage 1

Next up: Chaparral vs. Vista Mirage – Wednesday, May 19 (Quarterfinal)

Division 5

Wildcard round (Tuesday, May 11)

Silverado 1, Tahquitz 2

First round (Thursday, May 13)

Eastside 2, Beaumont 1

North 0, Citrus Hill 1

Tahquitz 0, Mountain View 4

Second round (Saturday, May 15)

Citrus Hill 3, Bloomington 1

Next up: Citrus Hill vs. Bloomington – Wednesday, May 19 (Quarterfinal)

Division 6

First round (Thursday, May 13)

Northview 2, Nuview Bridge 0

Fairmont Prep 0, Vista del Lago 4

Lakeside 3, Cornerstone Christian 4

Hemet 1, Linfield Christian 2

San Jacinto 3, Indian Springs 1

Ontario Christian 2, Orange Vista 8

Heritage 2, Arroyo 5

Second round (Saturday, May 15)

Cornerstone Christian 3, Temple City 1

Linfield 1, Palmdale Aerospace Academy 3

San Jacinto 5, Crossroads 6

Orange Vista 1, Flintridge Prep 3

Next up: Vista del Lago vs. Cornerstone Christian – Wednesday May, 19 (Quarterfinals)

Division 7

First round (Thursday, May 13)

Whittier Christian 4, San Jacinto Valley Academy 1

 

GIRLS SOCCER PLAYOFFS

Division 1

First round (Wednesday, May 12)

Long Beach Wilson 1, Temecula Valley 2

Vista Murrieta 1, Garden Grove Pacifica 1 (Won 3-2 on PK)

Second round (Friday, May 14)

Temecula Valley 3, Santa Margarita 1

Quarterfinals

Temecula Valley 3, Harvard Westlake 6

Division 2

First round (Wednesday, May 12)

Mission Viejo 2, Paloma Valley 1

Division 3

First round (Wednesday, May 12)

Murrieta Mesa 2, La Salle 3

Great Oak 2, Sonora 2 (Sonora won by PK)

Division 4

First round (Wednesday, May 12)

Temescal Canyon 2, Cerritos 1

Second round (Friday, May 14)

Temescal Canyon 1, West Covina 0

Quarterfinals

Temescal Canyon 0, El Segundo 1

Division 5

First round (Wednesday, May 12)

Rancho Verde 0, Don Lugo 2

Notre Dame Academy 0, Tahquitz 1

Second round (Friday, May 14)

Hueneme 1, Tahquitz 2

Next up: Tahquitz at Paraclete Tuesday, May 18 (No score reported as of 5/19)

Division 6

Wildcard round (Monday, May 10)

Citrus Hill 5, Alverno Heights Academy 1

Grace Brethren 4, Orange Vista 0

South El Monte 5, Perris 2

First round (Wednesday, May 12)

Citrus Hill 1, Linfield Christian 2

Nogales 1, Heritage 4

St. Bonaventure 4, Nuview Bridge 0

Second round (Friday, May 14)

Linfield Christian 1, Heritage 0

Quarterfinals

Linfield Christian 2, Cate 0

Next up: Linfield at Desert Mirage – Saturday May, 22 (Semifinals)

Division 7

First round (Friday, May 14)

Elsinore 2, Santa Rosa Academy 0

Quarterfinals

Elsinore 2, Arrowhead Christian 2 (Elsinore won 4-1 in PK)

Next up: Elsinore vs. Mary Star – Saturday May, 22 (Semifinals)

* Playoff brackets can also be seen on the CIF-SS website on the sport’s page at www.cifss.org.

** If we missed any local high school teams, or scores are wrong, please report them to the Valley News Sports Department.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.