Cypress: Two losses in their final three matches dropped the Centurions from first to third place in the Empire League. Cypress ended league with a 4-3 win over Valencia, the seventh time in 12 league matches they scored at least three goals.
Pacifica: After narrowly missing out on winning the Empire League championship, the Mariners will enter the playoffs as the Empire League’s second seed. Pacifica is unbeaten in its last seven matches.
Valencia: The Tigers enter the playoffs having struggled during the latter half of league play to fall to fourth place. Valencia has lost three straight and was winless in four of its’ final five matches.
Western: The Pioneers earned an at large berth after finishing fourth in the Empire League. Western has defeated every Empire League playoff qualifier this season except for Yorba Linda.
Yorba Linda: The Mustangs are riding high after winning the first Empire League title in school history. Yorba Linda is unbeaten in nine straight matches.
O.C. Players to Watch
Marina Berrios (Pacifica, Sr.); Elizabeth Black (Cypress, Sr.); Kiersten Gamba (Valencia, Sr.); Lexy Gerrits (Cypress, Jr.); Meg Glisson (Pacifica, Jr.); Kelly Kessloff (Cypress, So.); Kristin Kleinow (Yorba Linda, Sr.); Shelby Lanksbury (Yorba Linda, Sr.); Ann Marie Lee (Pacifica, Sr.); Caitlyn Schrepfer (Valencia, Jr.); Ashlee Webb (Yorba Linda, Sr.); Alexandra White (Valencia, Sr.)
First Round Matches
Yorba Linda (Bye); La Salle at Santa Paula; Bonita at Granite Hills; St. Joseph/Santa Maria at Arcadia; Western at Diamond Bar; Burroughs/Burbank at Flintridge Prep; Cypress at Righetti; Oak Park at Bishop Amat; La Reina at St. Joseph/Lakewood; Barstow at Walnut; San Luis Obispo at Crescenta Valley; Valencia at Pasadena Poly; Burbank at Arroyo Grande; Los Altos at Pacifica; Mayfield at Victor Valley; Oaks Christian (Bye)