The San Marcos High boys soccer team opened their CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs with a solid defensive effort, and a goal from Michael Palmer, advancing past Royal, 1-0.
Jared Vom Steeg played a ball to the front of the Highlanders’ goal where a number of players converged. Palmer eventually gained control and scored in the 65th minute. San Marcos (15-5-6) plays its second-round game at Laguna Hills on Saturday at 3 p.m.
DOS PUEBLOS 4, HART 2
The Chargers’ defense came up big in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 first-round win on the road.
Dos Pueblos didn’t allow a first-half goal, and led 2-0 at the break following goals by Aldo Becerril and Mori Chiba. After Hart cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second half, the Chargers responded with a goal by Leo Rubio on an assist from Nate Lang. After Hart made it 3-2 just minutes later, Lang iced the victory for DP with his first goal of the match off an assist from Bubba Gutierrez.
Dos Pueblos (15-9-2) will host Artesia in a second-round match on Saturday at San Marcos High, with the time yet to be determined.
BISHOP DIEGO 5,
WHITTIER CHRISTIAN 0
The Cardinals won the program’s first playoff game in more than 20 years. Adam Luckhurst had three goals and his brother, Jack, added the other two for Bishop Diego, which won its CIF-Southern Section Division 7 playoff opener.
Jack Luckhurst opened the scoring with his two goals, giving him 28 for the season. Bishop Diego plays its second-round match on the road against Pacifica Christian.
AZUSA 4, LAGUNA BLANCA 3
Owen Pryor, Suleyman Bah and Fattah Koroma each scored a goal for the Owls, but it wasn’t enough to win their CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoff match on the road.
GIRLS WATER POLO
FOOTHILL 5, SAN MARCOS 4
The season came to an end for the Royals in their CIF-Southern Section Division 1 road playoff match. Cassidy Miller scored the first two goals of the game to give San Marcos a 2-0 lead.
After Foothill took a 3-2 lead, Megan Musick tied the game for the Royals with a goal in the third period.
Foothill then scored the next two goals before Clair Kronen tallied San Marcos’ final goal in the fourth period.
LIFE PACIFIC 70
Olisa Nwachie had 28 points and Maxwell Hudgins added 22 to lead the Warriors to a convincing road win in Golden State Athletic Conference play on Thursday night in San Dimas. Westmont shot 56 percent (14-25) from the field while dominating in rebounds, 40-23.
Kyle Scalmanini also had 13 points and Desean Scott had 12 to round out the Warriors’ double-figure scorers.
Westmont (14-7, 8-5 GSAC) had its way in the paint, outscoring Life Pacific, 38-16.
LIFE PACIFIC 41
Freshman guard Iyree Jarrett had 16 points and forward Sydney Brown finished with 10 points and seven rebounds to lead the Warriors to their sixth straight win.
Westmont dominated from the outset and led 26-9 at halftime. The Warriors were also dialed in from 3-point range, finishing 12-for-31. Junior guard Maud Ranger and freshman forward Gabriella Stoll had nine points apiece for Westmont, which improved to 18-6 overall and 11-3 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.
UC DAVIS 70, UCSB 44
Morgan Bertsch had a game-high 27 points to go along with seven rebounds to lead the first-place Aggies to a rout of the Gauchos in a Big West Conference game at the Thunderdome. UC Davis (16-6, 8-1 Big West) shot 45 percent (26-58) from the field, and also got 13 points and eight rebounds from Cierra Hall. Bri Anugwom and Tal Sahar led the Gauchos (4-17, 1-7 Big West) with nine points apiece. UCSB made just 24 percent of its shots, finishing 16 of 67.
BRITISH COLUMBIA 4
Isaiah Leach had the final say for the Warriors with a three-run, walk-off home run at Russ Carr Field. Westmont shortstop Taylor Bush led off the ninth-inning rally with a double down the left field line. Luke Coffey followed with a double into the right-field corner to put runners at second and third, and set the stage for Leach’s first home run of the season.
Westmont improved to 3-0
SBCC 9, L.A. PIERCE 0
The Vaqueros enjoyed what will probably be their easiest win of the season. SBCC only had to play three matches against a depleted L.A. Pierce team in the Western State Conference North opener for both squads. Andres Decock won in straight sets at No. 1 singles and Ronan Casteleyn was a straight sets winner at No. 2 singles.
Decock and partner Dominic Signorello earned the Vaqueros (2-1) point in doubles, which was the only doubles match played.
SBCC 9, L.A. PIERCE 0
It was nearly a perfect day for the Vaqueros, who won six of their nine matches without losing a game.
Joica Buyse (No. 1 singles), Anya Nicolaides (No. 2 singles), Victoria Dafos (No. 3 singles) and Julia Jakobsen (No. 5 singles) were all 6-0, 6-0 winners for SBCC, which improved to 4-1 and 2-0 in the Western State Conference North.
GIRLS WATER POLO
SANTA BARBARA 9,
LOS OSOS 5
Juju Martinez do Amaral had a game-high four goals, and Jordan Duggan added three for the Dons, who advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 quarterfinals.
Elise Power added two goals and three steals for Santa Barbara, which faced eight power plays by Los Osos, but allowed only two goals.
The Dons play their quarterfinal game against Harvard-Westlake on Saturday at Dos Pueblos High at 10:15 a.m.