Outlook: The Empire League champion Mustangs certainly have played like a No. 1 seed. Coach Jeff Gorman's team has outscored Savanna and Mayfield, 25-2, in advancing to the semifinals for the first time. One of Yorba Linda's strength is balance, on offense and
defense. The Mustangs' top senior is Jessica Castellano, who signed with Cal Baptist. Castellano scored a team-high four goals in a 15-1 victory against Savanna in the quarterfinals. But in the first round, senior Taylor Leach and junior Taylor Best led the way with four goals. A balanced defense is anchored junior goalie Rebecca Stephenson. Fifth-seeded Palm Desert upset No. 4 seed Chadwick, 17-8, in the quarterfinals. Freshman Elise Stein, sister of former USC standout, Michelle Stein, led Palm Desert with six goals. Palm Desert's goalie is Courtney Wahlstrom. Last season, Yorba Linda defeated Palm Desert, 11-5, in the first round of the playoffs. Best paced the Mustangs with six goals.