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Regionals final preview: Godinez vs. Valencia of Valencia
CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNA REGIONAL FINAL
GODINEZ (22-1-5) VS. VALENCIA OF VALENCIA (22-3-2)
Where, when: Santa Ana Sports Complex, Saturday, 4 p.m.
Fan info: Tickets, $12 general admission, $8 seniors, children and students (with valid ASB card).
Outlook: The Grizzlies have one of the top goal scoerers in the county in Bryan Ibarra, who has scored 27 goals this season, including five in the playoffs. But it is defense that has turned the Grizzlies into the the third-ranked team in the state in Maxprep’s boys soccer rankings. The Grizzlies, led by goalkeeper Alex Penaloza, have given up just six goals in their past 17 games, and only four in seven playoff games. Penaloza has stopped four of the past 11 penalty kicks that he has faced in the Grizzlies’ first two SoCal Regional matches The Vikings, are in the midst of their most successful season in school history, beat Fremont of Los Angeles, 2-1, in the semifinal on Tuesday. Cesar Dominguez netted the winner off a thrown in from Sean Kim. Justin Ikeora scored Valencia’s first goal. The Vikings, who are 7-1 on the road, are ranked ninth in the state, accorinding to Maxpreps.
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