Inland Area Prep Soccer Top 10

1. Moreno Valley Valley View (18-2-3) — The Eagles, the No. 2 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs, ran their unbeaten streak to an Inland Area-best 21 games before dropping their regular season finale at La Sierra. Coach John Kush likely played the JV in order to give Alex Turkson, Daniel Roman and Co. a little rest going into what is sure to be a long playoff run.
LAST RANKED: (No. 1).
LAST GAME: lost, 3-0, to Riverside La Sierra in an Inland Valley League game on 2/9.
NEXT FIXTURE: vs. Fullerton-La Quinta winner in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 1st Round game on THURSDAY.

2. Fontana (19-1-1) — The Steelers have totaled 51 goals through 10 games in 2012, while outscoring opponents by a remarkable total of 98-23 this season en route to the No. 3 seed in CIF-Southern Section Division 4. Such startling statistics could not be achieved without three players, each of which scored at least 22 or more goals this season: Carlos Cruz (25), Jonathan Madrid (22) and Patricio Paz (22).
LAST RANKED: (No. 2).
LAST GAME: def. Rialto Eisenhower, 4-2, in a Citrus Belt League game on 2/10.
NEXT FIXTURE: vs. Lompoc-Littlerock winner in a CIF-SS Division 4 1st Round game on THURSDAY.

3. Claremont (20-2-2) — The Wolfpack somehow managed to parlay their status as the reigning CIF-Southern Section Division 2 champions into the No. 1 overall seed. How the organizers overlooked their 2-0 loss to Inland Area No. 1 Moreno Valley Valley View back on Dec. 3 is anyone’s guess.
LAST RANKED: (No. 3).
LAST GAME: def. West Covina South Hills, 3-2, in a Sierra League game on 2/9.
NEXT FIXTURE: vs. Palm Springs-Tustin winner in a CIF-SS Division 2 1st Round game on THURSDAY.

5. Redlands East Valley (15-3-8) — The Wildcats finished just 1-1-1 over their final three games to slide into the playoffs, where they’re the No. 7 seed in CIF-Southern Section Division 3. Junior MF/F Taylor Davis (5-foot-9, 155 pounds) leads the team with 15 goals but hasn’t scored since he netted three back on Jan. 27 in an 8-0 thumping Yucaipa. In fact, Coach Ted Small’s team hasn’t scored more than three in one game since that game.
LAST RANKED: (No. 5).
LAST GAME: def. Yucaipa, 3-0, in a Citrus Belt League game on 2/10.
NEXT FIXTURE: vs. Oxnard in a CIF-SS Division 3 1st Round game on THURSDAY.

5. Hesperia Oak Hills (18-2-5) — The Bulldogs actually lost two consecutive games, both at home, before finishing the regular season on a high note on the road. Four players have reached double digits in goals this season: Jose Nuno (16), Seth Smith (14), Diego Mendoza (11) and Abel Arriola (11). Mendoza (5-foot-7, 140 pounds) wears the No. 10 jersey for Coach Darren Goodman, and is among Inland Area leaders with 17 assists.
LAST RANKED: (No. 5).
LAST GAME: def. Apple Valley, 4-0, in a Desert Sky League game on 2/9.
NEXT FIXTURE: vs. St. Anthony-Ganesha winner in a CIF-SS Division 4 1st Round game on THURSDAY.

6. Perris Citrus Hill (18-4-2) — The Hawks, the reigning CIF-Southern Section Division 6 champions, put together a nine-game winning streak before dropping their regular-season finale on the road. Senior forward Edurado Zavala (5-foot-7, 134 pounds) leads the team with 17 goals, and senior striker Miguel Garcia-Rosas (5-8, 145) has 14 goals and a team-high nine assists.
LAST RANKED: (No. 6).
LAST GAME: lost, 2-1, to San Jacinto in a Mountain Pass League game on 2/9.
NEXT FIXTURE: vs. California City-Grace Brethren winner in a CIF-SS Division 6 1st Round game on THURSDAY.

7. Riverside Poly (17-4-3) — The Bears wrapped up their third Big VIII League championship in their fourth season as a charter members. Too bad they won’t be around to defend it as they move to the Inland Valley League next season, where they could possibly play their next opponent with regularity.
LAST RANKED: (No. 8).
LAST GAME: def. Corona, 2-0, in a Big VIII League game on 2/8.
NEXT FIXTURE: vs. Mission Viejo-Riverside Arlington winner in a CIF-SS Division 2 1st Round game on THURSDAY.

8. Riverside Norte Vista (18-4-4) — The Braves finished 2nd behind Bloomington in the Sunkist League (again) after managing only a 1-1 draw at home against their rivals last week. Nevertheless, Coach Matt Beliveau’s side received the No. 5 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, and will host a postseason game.
LAST RANKED: (No. 7).
LAST GAME: def. Jurupa Valley, 1-0, in a Sunkist League game on 2/9.
NEXT FIXTURE: vs. Newhall Hart in a CIF-SS Division 3 1st Round game on THURSDAY.

9. San Bernardino Cajon (19-4-5) — The Cowboys shocked just about everyone by receiving the No. 1 overall seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. Despite their impressive record, this team barely squeaked by Rialto Carter to win the San Andreas League, and having a target on their backs is not something for which this team is ready. Is there any chance they get past (possibly) Carpinteria in the quarterfinals or (possibly) San Luis Obispo in the semifinals?
LAST RANKED: (No. 10).
LAST GAME: played to a 1-1 draw vs. Rialto Carter in a San Andreas League game on 2/9.
NEXT FIXTURE: vs. Bolsa Grande-Environmental Charter winner in a CIF-SS Division 5 1st Round game on THURSDAY.

10. Bloomington (13-3-4) — The Bruins are riding an eight-game unbeaten streak that allowed them to claim a second consecutive Sunkist League title and a No. 9 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs. Coach Marc Howard has been able to rely on senior GK Kevin Marquez (6-foot-2, 170 pounds), who has allowed one goal or fewer in ever game in 2012.
LAST RANKED: (Not Ranked).
LAST GAME: def. Fontana Kaiser, 1-0, in a Sunkist League game on 2/10.
NEXT FIXTURE: vs. Century-Chino winner in a CIF-SS Division 3 1st Round game on THURSDAY.

DROPPED OUT: Riverside King (17-7-2).

JUST MISSED: Fontana Jurupa Hills (13-5-1), Upland (10-6-2), Phelan Serrano (11-8-2).

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