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  • Northwood boosts confidence by shutting out CdM BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Minutes after his Northwood squad captured sole possession of first place in the Pacific Coast League, Timberwolves girls soccer coach Cory Dilbeck made a bold prediction for the second half of league play. “I don’t think they’ll catch us,” the first-year coach said of Corona del Mar. “I don’t t
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Wednesday's girls soccer (1-21-15)
    See a slideshow of photos from the Santiago vs. Bolsa Grande girls soccer match played on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Thursday's girls soccer (1-22-15)
    Check out all of’s photos of the girls soccer action - Rosary vs. JSerra and Troy vs. La Habra - played on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Tuesday's girls soccer (1-20-15)
    See a slideshow from the El Modena vs. El Dorado girls soccer game played on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.
    Wed Jan 21, 2015
  • Mathews steps up on offense for Aliso Niguel BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    While Remy Mathews’ name might not always show up in the box scores, the Aliso Niguel midfielder has consistently proven she’s primed to become the next great player in the Wolverines’ storied soccer history. On Tuesday, the sophomore scored two first-half goals, Mission Viejo knocked in an own goal and top-ranke
    Tue Jan 20, 2015
  • Rosary battles for tie with Santa Margarita BY ANDREW TURNER
    FULLERTON - It was the script that Rosary girls soccer coach Sean Melendez had seen played out throughout the season. The Royals were in the heat of battle, locked in another low-scoring affair with a top-ranked team. Battle the Royals did, and in the end, they were rewarded with a point after achieving a scoreless tie aga
    Tue Jan 20, 2015
  • Girls soccer AOW: Brenda Chopin, Santa Ana Valley BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Brenda Chopin Santa Ana Valley The Falcons have raced out to a 3-0 start in the Orange League thanks in large part to the play of their senior captain. Chopin scored five goals in three wins last week, adding two assists along the way. The midfielder has had a hand in seven of Valley’s eight league goals.
    Tue Jan 20, 2015
  • Girls soccer O.C. Top 10 (1-19-15) By KENNY CONNOLLY
    1. Aliso Niguel 2. Edison 3. Tesoro 4. Huntington Beach 5. Santa Margarita 6. Canyon 7. Esperanza 8. Rosary 9. Foothill 10. Los Alamitos
    Tue Jan 20, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Lauren Brotherton, Cypress BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    LAUREN BROTHERTON CYPRESS SOCCER GPA: 4.33 Brotherton is a senior midfielder for the Centurions, who have won their first two Empire League games and are ranked in the top 10 in the CIF-SS Division 3 poll. In the classroom, she’s enrolled in AP English Literature, AP Statistics, AP En
    Mon Jan 19, 2015
  • Winter notebook: Foothill's Manzella back on the attack
    Foothill’s girls water polo team received a boost at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champion with the re-emergence of All-County center Cana Manzella. The UC Irvine-bound senior scored twice from center and matched her season-high with three goals to help the Knights beat Newport Harbor, 6-2, in the semifinals. The
    Mon Jan 19, 2015
  • O.C. teams prepare for showdown week BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    It was only moments after Thursday’s postgame handshakes had taken place that Santa Margarita girls soccer coach Chuck Morales stood at the center of the school’s field, already discussing what lies ahead for his Eagles squad. “Arguably, this is one of the most difficult leagues anywhere in this United States,&rd
    Fri Jan 16, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Friday's girls soccer (1-16-15)
    Check out a slideshow of photos from the St. Margaret’s vs. Oxford Academy girl soccer match played on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.
    Fri Jan 16, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Thursday's girls soccer (1-15-15)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the Sunny Hills vs. Buena Park girls soccer match played on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.
    Fri Jan 16, 2015
  • Santa Margarita settles in with home win BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    They traveled north for a handful of matches in Bakersfield before making a pit stop in Santa Ana for the Excalibur Tournament. After weeks of traveling, Santa Margarita’s girls soccer team concluded the nomadic portion of its schedule last weekend at the National Elite Showcase in Fort Worth, Texas. The road is Eagles coach
    Thu Jan 15, 2015
  • Twins lead Brea Olinda past Esperanza BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Their chemistry on the pitch is almost uncanny until you realize that Kristy and Gigi Avila are identical twins. The sisters – who also mirror one another’s style of play – have been causing opposing defenses headaches this season with their pace and creativity in the midfield. On Tuesday night, th
    Tue Jan 13, 2015
  • CIF-SS girls soccer rankings (1-12-15)
    CIF-SS GIRLS SOCCER RANKINGS (Jan. 12, 2015) DIVISION 1 1. Aliso Niguel 2. Tesoro 3. Esperanza 4. Huntington Beach 5. Edison 6. Canyon 7. Harvard-Westlake 8. Chino Hills 9. Santa Margarita 10. Los Osos DIVISION 2
    Mon Jan 12, 2015
  • Winter notebook: Calvary Chapel's small group doing big things
    The Calvary Chapel wrestling team has put together a couple of good weekends of work recently. A couple of weeks after a third-place finish at the Black Watch Invitational, Calvary Chapel made a strong push for the team title Saturday at the Asics SoCal Challenge, but the Warriors had to settle for second place. “Our goal w
    Mon Jan 12, 2015
  • Girls soccer O.C. Top 10 (1-12-15) By KENNY CONNOLLY
    1. Aliso Niguel 2. Edison 3. Tesoro 4. Huntington Beach 5. Esperanza 6. Canyon 7. Santa Margarita 8. Los Alamitos 9. Mission Viejo 10. Rosary
    Mon Jan 12, 2015
  • Girls soccer AOW: Mary Dynda, Kennedy BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Mary Dynda Kennedy The Fighting Irish midfielder had a hand in eight of the 10 goals her team scored last week. Dynda was unstoppable in last Monday’s 7-3 win over Anaheim, finishing with a hat trick and adding three assists on the afternoon. The following day, the senior netted another two goals in a 3-1 vict
    Mon Jan 12, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Natalie Holland, Mater Dei BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    NATALIE HOLLAND MATER DEI SOCCER GPA: 4.2 Holland is a senior defender for the Monarchs. She earned all-Trinity League second team honors last year. Holland is enrolled in AP English Language and Composition, AP US Government, Honors Anatomy, Spanish IV, AP Statistics, Peace and Justice and
    Mon Jan 12, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Thursday's girls soccer (1-8-15)
    Check out photos from the San Clemente vs. Aliso Niguel girls soccer match played on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.
    Fri Jan 09, 2015
  • Edison, Huntington Beach battle to draw BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – The fate of the Sunset League wasn’t going to be decided in one match, but Edison and Huntington Beach painted a vivid picture of what’s to come during their 100-minute battle Thursday night. Chargers center back Rachel Flory headed in the tying goal off a corner kick in the 73rd minute, sendin
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Wednesday's girls soccer (1-7-15)
    Check out photos from the Garden Grove vs. Westminster girls soccer match played on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Troy girls end up frustrated after strong start BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    As crazy as it sounds, jumping to a one-goal lead in the opening minutes of the match might have hurt Troy’s girls soccer team more than it ultimately helped against La Serna of Whittier. “We were rolling early,” Warriors coach Ed Kephart explained. “The problem with getting an early goal is that you can ge
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Tuesday's girls soccer (1-6-15)
    Check out OCVarsity’s phots from girls soccer - Kennedy vs. Anaheim and San Juan Hills vs. Laguna Beach - played on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.
    Tue Jan 06, 2015