The CIF-SS office confirmed Thursday that the Godinez girls’ soccer team will forfeit 10 matches this season because of a player that played in those matches violated CIF Bluebook Rule 600 that states a player cannot participate on an outside team during the high school soccer season.
The Grizzlies will forfeit three nonleague matches (a 4-0 win over Century, a 3-1 win over Katella, and a 3-3 tie with University.)
Seven of the forfeited matches were Orange Coast League contests. Those matches are: a 4-1 win over Calvary Chapel, two 4-0 wins over Costa Mesa, a 1-1 tie with Estancia, a 1-0 win over Laguna Beach, a 2-1 win over Saddleback, and a 0-0 tie with Calvary Chapel.
The Grizzlies who tied for first place with Estancia and earned their first league title in school history, will now be credited with a 5-14-2 overall record (0-9-1 in Orange Coast League play).
By virtue of the forfeited matches, Estancia wins the Orange Coast League title with 20 league points.
Here is an official statement on the situation from Godinez principal Cindy Landseidel.
“On February 4th, it was brought to the attention of our athletic director that a girl’s varsity player may have been participating in an outside soccer league. As soon as we learned of this allegation, we immediately investigated the situation and found that the allegations were true.
We immediately contacted CIF Southern Section and sent notification to all league principals. As per CIF-SS Bylaws, we have since forfeited 10 games. We accept responsibility and will continue to do everything in our power to maintain the integrity of CIF rules and bylaws and instill the values in our student’s championed by CIF – Pursuing Victory with Honor.”