By Zach Cavanagh
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JSerra Girls Soccer Falls in Regional Final
Despite not winning the league title or not capturing their fourth straight CIF-SS Division 1 title, the JSerra girls soccer team still found itself in position for hardware on Saturday, March 7, but ultimately, the Lions came up just short.
JSerra battled to tie Upland with five minutes remaining, but Upland scored on a penalty kick after a JSerra foul in the final minutes to capture the CIF Southern California Regional Division I championship, 3-2.
Abby Lynch and Samantha Williams each scored a goal for JSerra.
JSerra (18-6) was playing in its fourth straight regional title game, including wins in 2017 and 2019. Upland beat the Lions at JSerra for the 2018 title, and the Scots captured the 2020 title at home.
After its historic run of three straight CIF-SS championships, JSerra lost in the Division 1 semifinals at Santiago of Corona on Feb. 22. However, as a semifinalist, the Lions continued on in the regionals.
JSerra won at Granada Hills Charter, 1-0, in the quarterfinals on March 3 and beat Mira Costa at home in penalty kicks, 2-2 (3-1), in the semifinals on March 5.
St. Margaret’s boys and girls lacrosse have maintained their CIF-SS rankings through the early season.
The Tartans boys (2-1) are No. 4 in Division 1 with wins over San Marcos, 17-3, and Harvard-Westlake, 12-10, and a loss to Faith Lutheran of Nevada, 16-11. St. Margaret’s has had strong performances by outstanding freshmen, including Matt Groeninger.
The Tartans girls (1-2) are No. 5 in Division 1, with their only win over No. 6 Westlake, 13-9, and losses to No. 3 Newbury Park, 12-4, and San Marcos, 13-9. St.
The San Juan Hills boys have pushed up in the rankings with an unbeaten start at 6-0. The Stallions are ranked No. 6 in Division 2 and have scored 21 or more goals in three straight games and four out of six games. San Juan Hills hosts King of Riverside on Friday, March 13 and Division 2 No. 9 Redondo Union on Tuesday, March 17.
The JSerra girls (3-0) are just outside the Division 1 top 10, and the San Juan Hills girls (5-1) haven’t cracked the rankings page despite a string of strong wins.
Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is a California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.