After concluding the regular in second place in the South Coast Conference, the Cerritos College men's soccer team has been seeded #2 for the Southern California Regional Playoffs. The Falcons (15-2-4), who are the defending CCCAA State Champions and United Soccer Coaches National Champion, will be hosting #15-seeded Cuyamaca College at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Coyotes (11-5-5) are the champion of the Pacific Coast Conference. This will also be the second season in a row the two teams will be meeting in the first round of the playoffs. Cerritos posted a 3-0 win last year on their way to the title.
Ticket prices for the game are $12 general admission, except for all identified students, faculty, staff, senior citizens ago 60 and over, and children less than 12 years old, will be $8.
Additionally, this will also be the second meeting of the year between the two teams, with Cerritos recording a 6-2 on the El Cajon campus back on September 20. In that game, the Falcons led 2-0 after the first seven minutes and scored four times in the first half. Sophomore Kevin Diaz (Connections Academy HS) recorded a hat trick, while sophomore Dominic Valdivia (Loyola HS/Creighton University) accounted for a pair of goals. Juan Barragan scored both of the goals for Cuyamaca.
Diaz and sophomore Bryan Ortega (Paramount HS) are tied for the team lead with 15 goals each, with sophomore Bryan Villalobos (Salesian HS) accounting for four goals. As a team, the Falcons have had 12 different goal scorers, with three other players posting trio of goals on the season. Diaz is also the team leader in assists with 13, which ranks third in the state, with Bryan Perez (Simon Rodia HS) recording seven on the year. Cerritos has also received offensive help from their defense, as they have accumulated six goals and 11 assists. Freshman Luis Enciso (Gahr HS) has seen the majority of action in goal, and has posted a 10-2-4 record with an 0.78 goals against average with 57 saves.
For the Coyotes, they have been paced by Barragan, who leads the state with 26 goals, which accounts for 47% of their team goals. He's posted three hat tricks on the season, which also includes a four-goal game against Imperial Valley College. Richard Recinos has produced seven goals and six assists for Cuyamaca, while Daniel Estrada (four goals) and Emerson Trujillo (three goals, five assist) have also produced this season. Christopher Westover has taken over the goalkeeping duties and has recorded a 10-2-2 record with a 1.12 goals against average. Angel Cazares was in goal in the first meeting between the teams and surrendered all six goals.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL PLAYOFFS (Revised)
Saturday, November 23
#16 Norco (8-7-4) @ #1 Mt. San Antonio (18-0-3)
#9 Santa Ana (10-6-4) @ #8 Santa Barbara City (10-4-5)
#13 Cypress (10-4-6) @ #4 El Camino (12-2-5)
#12 Irvine Valley (8-7-7) @ #5 Orange Coast (12-3-5)
#15 Cuyamaca (11-5-5) @ #2 CERRITOS (15-2-4)
#10 Chaffey (12-5-4) @ #7 Golden West (8-3-9)
#14 Bakersfield (10-7-3) @ #3 Fullerton (11-6-4)
#11 College of the Desert (11-8-2) @ #6 Oxnard (15-3-3)
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November 30, 2019 M. Soccer: Dominant performance earns Falcons return trip to Final Four
November 27, 2019 M. Soccer: Playoff win advances Falcons to next round
November 23, 2019 M. Soccer: Pair of second half goals propels Falcons
November 19, 2019 M. Soccer: Falcons seeded #2 for Regional Playoffs
November 15, 2019 M. Soccer: Cerritos defeated by Mt. SAC in tournament finals
November 12, 2019 M. Soccer: Win advances team to conference tournament final
November 8, 2019 M. Soccer: Falcons advance on penalty kicks
November 5, 2019 M. Soccer: Shutout concludes conference regular season
November 1, 2019 M. Soccer: Team suffers first loss in over a year
October 25, 2019 M. Soccer: Showdown with rival results in 1-1 tie
October 22, 2019 M. Soccer: Offensive combination leads Falcons to win
October 18, 2019 M. Soccer: Team settles for 1-1 tie
October 15, 2019 M. Soccer: Cerritos dominates in shutout win
October 11, 2019 M. Soccer: Battle of unbeatens results in 4-1 Falcon win
October 8, 2019 M. Soccer: Falcons battle Compton, 4-1 in conference opener
October 1, 2019 M. Soccer: Win over Norco concludes non-conference schedule
September 24, 2019 M. Soccer: Win over Taft extends unbeaten streak
September 20, 2019 M. Soccer: First half offense leads Falcons to 6-2 win
September 17, 2019 M. Soccer: Balance leads to Falcons win
September 10, 2019 M. Soccer: Statement win for Falcons over Oxnard
September 6, 2019 M. Soccer: State final rematch comes down to final minute
September 1, 2019 M. Soccer: Tournament title goes to Falcons after penalty kicks
August 30, 2019 M. Soccer: Cerritos posts road win at tournament
August 27, 2019 M. Soccer: Early goal gets Falcons going in come-from-behind win