Prep Preview: Capistrano Valley at La Sierra
I’m covering the Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley-Riverside La Sierra CIF-Southern Section Division 2 Semifinal Round boys varsity playoff game of The Press-Enterprise. The best part of this assignment will be getting a look at the upstart Eagles, 10-0-1 on their home grass this season.
THE LOW DOWN:
The Cougars (7-9-3 overall), Sea View League champions, enter the semifinals following a 4-0 victory over Indio in the quarters last Thursday. In all, CV has outscored playoff opponents 8-2 thus far, but their roster and other statistics are not available.
The Eagles (18-4-5 overall) are in a CIF-Southern Section semifinal for the first time in school history after defeating defending Division 2 champ Claremont, 1-0, in the quarters. Senior striker Kenshiro Daniels leads the team with 26 goals, and Dominic Escalera had added 17 goals and 12 assists.
Capistrano Valley — Not available
La Sierra — GK: Victor Rodriguez, Jr.; D: Henry Baltazar, Sr., Alexis Arias, Sr., Josh Nelson, Sr., Miguel Gonzalez, Sr.; MF: Dominic Escalera, Sr., Uriel Garcia, Jr., Danny Moreno, Jr.. Isaac Valencia, Sr.; F: Kensiro Daniels, Sr., Jessie Naranjo, Sr.
Capistrano Valley has defeated both the Golden West League champ (Santa Ana) and the Desert Valley League champ (Indio) to get to today so this team in definitely battle-tested. Conversely, La Sierra’s is coming off the biggest win in school history, so a let-down may be on tap.
PREDICTION: Capistrano Valley 2, La Sierra 1