Surging Segerstrom knocks off Westminster


SANTA ANA – Westminster and Segerstrom sit atop the Golden West League standings in boys soccer. The Lions have already clinched the league title, while the Jaguars are in second.

After the two teams played on Wednesday, it would be hard to tell that was the case.

Behind superb goaltending and timely goals, Segerstrom shut out Westminster, 2-0, at Segerstrom to clinch second place in the Golden West and a spot in the CIF playoffs.

Adrian Avila iced the game late in the second half with a goal to put the Jaguars (9-11-2, 6-3-1) up by two scores.

“I’m just really happy with the guys,” Segerstrom head coach Neil Stevenson. “The last half of the season, we’ve got a lot more confidence and have been playing the way we can play. We’re 4-0-1 in the last half of the year.”

Goalkeeper Rudy Cordova had five saves for the Jaguars as he turned away the Lions (10-4-4, 7-2-1) multiple times in the second half, including an flurry that seemed like it was going to provide Westminster with the game-tying goal.

Fernando Garcia opened the scoring in the first half by slicing the ball past Lions goalie Allen Montero.

Montero finished the game with four saves.

The win for Segerstrom avenged a 3-0 loss to Westminster earlier this season, which was something that wasn’t lost on Cordova’s mind.

“It feels great,” Cordova said. “Making CIF is great because we missed it last year and beating the league champs is great.

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