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Soccer: Banning is placed on probation, vacates runner-up spot

The Wilmington Banning boys' soccer program has been placed on probation by the City Section rules committee through the end of the 2013-14 season and will vacate its City runner-up status from the 2010-11 season because it used an ineligible player.

The program is still eligible for the City playoffs. The player played for an outside team during the 2010-11 season.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Boys' soccer: Cate's Ema Boateng is Gatorade state player of the year

Ema Boateng, a midfielder who led Cate to a 20-2-1 record and scored 32 goals this past year, has been selected the Gatorade state player of the year in boys' soccer.

He's headed to UC Santa Barbara this fall.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Girls' soccer: Amber Munerlyn scores goal for U.S. team

Amber Munerlyn, a junior at Corona Santiago, scored the only goal of the match to lift USA past Canada, 1-0, in the Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship final on Saturday in Guatemala City.

Munerlyn is committed to Stanford.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Soccer: Thursday's Southern California regional scores (Div. I and II) and championship schedule




Semifinals, Thursday

Crescenta Valley 2, Millikan 1

Paramount 1, San Diego Torrey Pines 1 (Paramount advances, 5-3 on penalties)



Semifinals, Thursday

Lindsay 3, Sun Valley 2

San Diego St. Augustine 5, Santa Ana Valley 4 (OT)





Semifinals, Thursday

Los Osos 3, Carlsbad 2

Aliso Niguel 2, El Camino Real 1



Semifinals, Thursday

Santa Margarita 2, St. Lucy's 2 (Santa Margarita advances, 4-3 on penalties)

Bishop Amat 3, San Diego Cathedral 2 (OT)



Championships, at Warren


Division III Girls: #1 Oaks Christian vs. #2 Marymount, 5 p.m.

Division III Boys: Crossroads vs. #2 McFarland, 7:30 p.m.


Division II Girls: #1 Santa Margarita vs. #3 Bishop Amat, 10:30 a.m.

Division II Boys: #1 Lindsay vs. #3 San Diego St. Augustine, 1 p.m.

Division I Girls: #4 Los Osos vs. #2 Aliso Niguel, 3:30 p.m.

Division I Boys: Crescenta Valley vs. Paramount, 6 p.m.

Keeping tabs: Rafael Garcia

Rafael Garcia, who was captain of the Canoga Park soccer teams in 2006 and 2007, has signed with the LA Galaxy.

He's 23 and played at Cal State Northridge.

-- Eric Sondheimer


Soccer: SoCal Regional championships on Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable's Channel 101 will televise live this weekend's Southern California Regional Soccer Championships.

Boys and girls games will air on Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. with the Division II girls final and the Division II boys final at 1 p.m. The Division I girls final is at 3:30 p.m. followed by the Division I boys final at 6 p.m.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Choosing between academy and prep soccer

The U.S. Soccer Development Academy is ruining high school soccer in California. Top players are abandoning high school programs for the so-called dream of becoming professional players, as if they can't do it through club programs outside their high school seasons.

It's only going to get worse now that the academy program is expanding to 10 months and will start in September.

Parents and athletes are being torn over which route to take: high school or academy.

Loyola's Henry Herrill was among those who faced that dilemma. His mother, Maryanne Herrill, sent me an email explaining what was at stake and offering an intriguing perspective.

"Henry was forced to make a difficult choice between his sophomore/junior year between playing for his high school (and in the off-season play for his Premier Club team) or participating in the Elite Academy league," she wrote. "My husband and I were told that if Henry did not choose to play at this higher level, he would never get any looks and would probably not have a shot to play in college.

"Henry was forced at a very young age to make a choice, a lousy choice. For my husband and I, it was a no-brainer. Henry was an AP/Honors student at Loyola. Playing Academy would impact his studies and since we both were collegiate athletes, we knew that in the long run he would achieve more through his academics over his soccer.

"Henry understood. When he started to talk with some of the Academy players, he learned about how they struggled academically. So he stuck with playing for his high school and his club .... and did not play Academy. Henry got noticed by colleges and had plenty of exposure playing on his Premier Club team.

"He did not need to miss school to travel to Academy games and best of all he got to play for his high school, which will no doubt be a wonderful memory. Playing in high school in front of your peers, your mentors, your teachers -- that is important and it is a shame that some kids are faced with the difficult choice.

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Boys' soccer: Foshay is forced to forfeit, and the rules are clear

Foshay is out of the City Section small schools soccer playoffs, having to forfeit a quarterfinal game against Annenberg because its coach received two yellow cards, and that makes it a red card, ending the match under City Section rules.

Foshay parents are upset because the officials and Annenberg apparently agreed to let the game continue with another coach taking over after the second yellow card was issued, and Foshay eventually won the game on penalty kicks.

But City Section rules are clear. The game ends when the head coach is ejected, so Foshay should be upset with its coach, not the City Section.

-- Eric Sondheimer


Boys' soccer: Marina upsets No. 1 Servite

Huntington Beach Marina and top-seeded Anaheim Servite ended regulation in a 0-0 tie in their Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinal playoff match in soccer before Marina prevailed, 3-2, on penalty kicks to advance to a semifinal game against Ventura. Ventura defeated San Clemente, 4-3, on penalty kicks after regulation ended in a 1-1 tie.

Loyola got a goal from Harrison Nichols to defeat St. John Bosco, 1-0. The Cubs will play Long Beach Millikan in the other Division I semifinal. Millikan defeated Los Alamitos, 2-0.

The No. 1 seeds in Division 2 and 3 soccer also were beaten. Claremont lost to La Sierra, 1-0. Warren lost to Palmdale, 1-0.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Boys' soccer: No. 2 El Camino Real loses to Narbonne

Harbor City Narbonne pulled off a big upset in the quarterfinals of the City Section soccer playoffs, defeating No. 2-seeded Woodland Hills El Camino Real, 2-1.

No. 1 Bell received a goal from Heriberto Cruz in the 70th minute for a 1-0 victory over Palisades.

-- Eric Sondheimer


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