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Aliso Niguel, Santa Margarita prepare for CIF SoCal Regionals
Aliso Niguel and Santa Margarita will compete for the region’s top prize, as the 2012 CIF Southern California Regional Championships begin Tuesday.
Fresh off their first CIF-SS Division 1 title in 11 years, the Wolverines (20-1-4) will be making their first ever appearance in the Regional Championships. The Wolverines earned the No. 2 overall seed in the Division 1 bracket and will host Claremont High.
“We’re really excited to be apart the CIF state playoffs and will try to bring home the trophy,” Wolverines coach Randy Dodge said. “We have a tough opponent in Claremont and hopefully we have gotten through the euphoria of winning the Division 1 crown and will be able to focus on them.”
The Wolfpack defeated Bishop Amat 2-0 in the CIF-SS Division 3 championship match on Saturday. They have an overall record of 30-1-2 and have not allowed a goal in seven straight matches.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
For the second year in a row, the Santa Margarita Eagles (16-5-3) will be top seed in Division 2. The Eagles, whose quest for a CIF-SS Division 1 title was stopped by the Wolverines in penalty kicks in the semifinals, will take on No. 8 seeded Arleta High of the Los Angeles Section.
Santa Margarita head coach Chuck Morales said his team is ready to get back on the field after being eliminated in the CIF-SS playoffs.
“I'm happy for the girls because they want to play more and have more to show,” he said. “We will stick to our game plan with a bit more aggressiveness off the ball.”
Santa Margarita advanced to the Division 2 semifinals last season before losing to Coronado. The Mustangs (14-4-4) defeated Manual Arts High of Los Angeles 3-0 to win the CIF Los Angeles Section Invitational City title on Friday, the first ever title in school history.
Kickoff will be at 3 p.m. at Santa Ana Stadium.
The semifinals of the regional tournament will be held Thursday, with the championship matches in all three divisions scheduled for Saturday at Warren High in Downey.