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Prep boys soccer: SCCS can’t get through

Cardinals fall in first round of CIF-SS Division VII playoffs

Posted: February 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.

It has been five years since the Santa Clarita Christian boys soccer team last made the postseason.

Unfortunately, this season's playoff run ended where it started.

SCCS lost 4-0 on the road to the Vistamar Vikings of El Segundo on Friday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII playoffs.

Vistamar finished second in the Coastal League.

The Cardinals kept it close in the first half and only trailed 1-0 at the break, despite losing defender Ryan O'Neill to a knee injury in the 25th minute.

Fortunately, unlike years before, the team had depth on the bench.

"This is the first time in a couple years that I've had a bench to work with," said SCCS head coach Steve Cooper. "Not having a full team is a disadvantage of a school with a couple hundred kids."

But the Vikings (12-5-0) poured it on in the second half with three more goals.

SCCS (9-8-2) couldn't capitalize on the opportunities it had.

The Cardinals had nine shots on the goal, but could not find the net.

"They were better than us today, but I am satisfied with the effort that my guys played with. We didn't quit and as a coach I can't ask for more than that," Cooper said.

Despite the loss, it could have been worse if it wasn't for goalkeeper Ryan Otto.

"Otto made some spectacular saves today. From beginning to end, he has stepped up for us all season," Cooper said.
SCCS will only lose one player - Giju Jung - to graduation this year.

The Cardinals finished second in the Heritage League, and are looking to build toward the future.

"It's just a matter of guys getting to play together," Cooper said.




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