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Maranatha, La Salle, Poly, St. Francis in CIF Playoffs

First published in the Feb. 9 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The Polytechnic varsity boys’ soccer team routed host Flintridge Prep, 7-1, in their Prep League finale last Wednesday.
Senior James Gomez registered two goals and one assist for Poly, teammate Jessie Benitez tallied one goal and three assists, and freshman Joe Benitez finished with one goal and one assist. Senior goalies Nathaniel Marko and Jonah Goldstein made three and two saves, respectively, junior Desi Rhone, junior Parker Gooden and freshman Warren Peng each recorded one goal, and junior Jared Gray was credited with a pair of two assists.
The Panthers blanked visiting Palos Verdes Chadwick, 2-0, in a league matchup last Monday. Gomez scored a pair of goals, Jessie Benitez had two assists and Goldstein posted four saves.
Poly recently edged host Providence High in Burbank in a league game, 4-3. Gomez produced two goals while Gooden and Rhone each scored once. Marko made two saves, Gray tallied two assists and Jessie Benitez had one assist.
The Panthers previously lost a league matchup at Flintridge Prep, 3-2. Gomez scored both goals, Jessie Benitez had two assists and Marko posted four saves.
League champion Poly (8-1-0 in league, 12-5 overall) will host either Diamond Bar (7-4-2 overall) or Cate High of Carpinteria (6-3-2 overall) in its CIF-Southern Section Division V playoff opener today. If the Panthers are victorious, they will advance to a second-round matchup on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Maranatha High School junior Sawyer Throop recorded one goal and one assist to help the Minutemen defeat Avalon last weekend.


The Minutemen won their eighth straight game after crushing host Avalon, 6-2, in their regular-season finale on Saturday as junior George Peterson amassed five goals.
Junior Sawyer Throop tallied one goal and one assist, senior James Wang was credited with a pair of assists, and juniors Kurtis Kwon and Lorenzo Rodriguez each finished with one assist. Meanwhile, senior Jaden Brainard and sophomore Owen Meleka each had one shot on goal.
Maranatha edged host Whittier Christian High in La Habra, 2-1, to secure an outright Olympic League title last Wednesday. Sophomore Aren Tatevossian and Peterson each scored once while junior Miles Romero was credited with a pair of assists. Rodriguez posted four saves, Kwon made one save, and Brainard and Throop each had a pair of shots on target.
The Minutemen recently blanked visiting Heritage Christian High of Northridge in a league matchup, 4-0. Senior Jay Lee, senior Daniel Imasdounian, senior Jacob Brantingham and Peterson each tallied one goal, Rodriguez made five saves and Brainard had two assists.
Maranatha previously routed host Village Christian High in Sun Valley in a league game, 5-1. Peterson registered a hat trick while freshman Luca Youssefian and Brainard each scored one goal. Imasdounian, Romero and Lee each produced one assist while Rodriguez and Kwon each made one save. Throop recorded two shots on goal while senior Josiah Topalian, senior Anthony Hernandez, junior Adam Shin and Brantingham each had one shot on target.
The league champion Minutemen (7-0-1 in league, 15-7-2 overall) will host Bishop Montgomery High of Torrance (6-9-1 overall) in their CIF-Southern Section Division VI playoff opener Thursday. If Maranatha is victorious, it will battle either La Salle College Preparatory or Ontario Christian in a second-round matchup on Saturday, Feb. 11.

La Salle College Preparatory’s Lucas Lopreiato had one assist to help the Lancers defeat St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy last week.


The Lancers blanked visiting St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy of Downey, 2-0, in their Camino Real League last Wednesday. Mak Hadziomanovic and Caden Brown each scored one goal, goalie Julian Gomez posted four saves and Lucas Lopreiato had one assist.
La Salle defeated host Verbum Dei High in Los Angeles, 4-1, in a league matchup last Monday. Tomas Posada-Awad recorded one goal and two assists, Clive Reeves, Elias Alvarado and Hadziomanovic each scored one goal, and Ryan Wu and Gomez each made one save.
The Lancers recently beat visiting St. Genevieve High of Panorama City in a league matchup, 3-1. Cabral Corvelo recorded two goals, Hadziomanovic tallied one goal, Gomez posted four saves, and Joven Dagdagan, Lopreiato and Posada-Awad were each credited with one assist.
La Salle previously ended a league game against visiting St. Anthony High of Long Beach in a scoreless tie.
The co-league champion Lancers (6-2-2 in league, 15-5-2 overall) will host Ontario Christian High (10-11-3 overall) in their CIF-Southern Section playoff opener Thursday. If La Salle is victorious, it will advance to a second-round matchup against either Maranatha (15-7-2 overall) or Bishop Montgomery High of Torrance (6-9-1 overall) on Saturday, Feb. 11.

St. Francis High School senior Quinnten Guzman scored one goal to help the Golden Knights defeat Chaminade High in a recent Mission League game.


The Golden Knights concluded the regular season by routing visiting Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks, 7-1, in a Mission League game last Wednesday.
Senior Giovanni Nieves registered a hat trick while senior Bobby Layman, junior Julian Jimenez and junior Alex Lopez each scored once. Senior Nick Ferry was credited with a pair of assists while freshman goalie Rome Strongin made four saves.
SFHS defeated visiting Crespi High of Encino, 3-1, in a league matchup last Monday. Junior Luke Wyatt, Nieves and Jimenez each had one goal while Strongin posted three saves.
The Golden Knights recently blanked visiting Chaminade High of West Hills, 4-0, in a league game. Senior Quinnten Guzman, junior Giuliano Lampasona, Nieves and Wyatt each recorded one goal while Strongin tallied five saves.
St. Francis was previously edged at Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth in a league matchup, 3-2. Wyatt and Guzman each produced one goal while Strongin had six saves.
The league’s fourth-place Golden Knights (7-7 in league, 9-11-1 overall) visited Fontana (15-4-5 overall) for their CIF-Southern Section Division III wildcard contest on Tuesday; the game ended after the Pasadena Outlook’s press deadline. If victorious, SFHS would advance to the first round and visit Crescenta Valley High (19-1-1 overall) Thursday. A win would send the Golden Knights to a second-round matchup on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ soccer team includes Declan Mansbridge (front, from left), Declan O’Leary, Andrew Battaglia, Ben Baker, Will Krause, Rashad Entabi, Jonah Rose, Rafi Fermanian, Ludo Cordora, Kyle Yun and Sean O’Leary. Back: EQ Willis, Asher Jones, Chris Bae, Leo McDonald, August Peutet, Julian Lattu, Luca Yeghnezar, Nico Chapman, Leo Ferry, Henry Brookbanks and Wyatt Fishman. Not pictured: Daniel Eitan and Kevin Zhang.


Flintridge Prep dropped its Prep League and regular-season finale against visiting Polytechnic, 7-1, last Wednesday.
The Wolves tied host Providence High in Burbank, 3-3, in a league matchup last Tuesday. Flintridge Prep recently lost a Prep League game at Palos Verdes Chadwick, 3-1. The Wolves previously won a league matchup against Pasadena Polytechnic, 3-2. Individual statistics were not reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
Flintridge Prep finished the campaign third in the league standings with a 3-3-3 record (6-6-4 overall).

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