Warriors edge Pirates, 1-0
Carpinteria High, last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division 6 boys soccer champion, took its first step up in Division 4 on Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over Santa Ynez in a wild-card playoff match held at San Marcos High’s Warkentin Stadium.
Edgar Mendoza scored the game’s only goal in the 20th minute by converting a 35-yard free kick.
The Warriors (8-7-3), who got their second-straight shutout from goalkeeper Adrian Gonzalez, now advance into the first round for a match at Valencia on Thursday at 5 p.m. Santa Ynez finishes its season with a record of 7-14-2.
MARSHALL 3, CATE 2
Marshall Fundamental jumped on the Rams with a pair of first-half goals and never looked back in their Division 6 wild-card match in Pasadena.
Cate did reduce Marshall’s lead to 2-1 in the final minute of the period when Daniel Boateng coverted a penalty kick after Kobby Nimako was fouled in the box.
The Rams nearly tied the match when Buba Fofanah collected a long ball from Boateng and flicked it over Marshall’s onrushing goalkeeper. The ball, however, hit the bottom of the crossbar and came out, and Cate’s header attempt on the rebound sailed over the goal.
Marshall increased its lead to 3-1 in the 72nd minute. Cate’s second goal came on Fofanah’s penalty kick after a foul on Will Deardorff in the final minutes.
“Marshall was a very good team – quick to the ball and well-skilled,” Cate coach Pete Mack said. “Still, I’m proud of the way we competed today – and all year for that matter.”
LAGUNA BLANCA 5, VIEWPOINT 2
The Owls cruised to their Division 6 wild-card victory to advance to a first-round match at second-seeded Azusa on Thursday at 3 p.m. at Citrus College.