Coach: Dons haven’t lost desire

first_imgHernandez led the attack on Monday with a goal and assist. Also scoring goals for California were Paz, Amezquita and Christian Soto. The final CIF-Southern Section playoff berth from the Del Rio League will also be decided today. First-place El Rancho and No. 2 Santa Fe have already clinched spots, leaving California, Whittier and La Serna to fight it out for the final bid. The Condors (5-4 in league) are in the catbird seat, needing a victory over visiting Whittier (3-4-2) today to cinch their bid. La Serna needs to defeat second-place Santa Fe and then hope for a Whittier victory, while the Cardinals need a win and a Santa Fe win to leapfrog the Condors and Lancers. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! El Rancho, winner of seven of its first eight league games, had already clinched a share of the Del Rio League championship and only needed to win one of its final two encounters – Monday against California or today vs. Pioneer – to nail down the title outright. California, meanwhile, had dropped four of its past six since beginning league play 3-0. Sometimes, things are not as they appear. Take the case of the El Rancho High School boys soccer team. At first glance, it appeared the first-place Dons may have overlooked California when the two Del Rio League teams faced off on Monday afternoon. center_img But Dons coach Dominic Picon disputed any notion that El Rancho was on autopilot after his team dropped a 4-2 setback to the host Condors. “The kids wanted to win it outright (Monday),” Picon said. “They wanted it, especially against California, the team that was the undisputed favorite to win league this year. “I think we were pretty confident. I just think we didn’t capitalize on our (scoring) opportunities. We didn’t play poorly, we just didn’t play as well as we could.” California coach Dave Rolfe, meanwhile, was very pleased with his team’s performancein the 4-2 win. “We’re more than a one-man team,” said Rolfe, whose team has been led by senior forward Michael Paz this season. “Everybody stepped up (Monday). Arturo Hernandez busted his butt out there. Frank (Amezquita), our sweeper, played great. Everybody just worked hard.” last_img read more

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