Prep Preview: La Serna @ Woodcrest Chr.

I’m covering the Whittier La Serna-Riverside Woodcrest Christian CIF-Southern Section Division 5 Quarterfinal Round girls varsity soccer game today for The Press-Enterprise. The best part of this assignment will be observing the Royals, who I covered almost exactly one year ago.

THE LOW DOWN:
The Lancers (16-5-5) are outscoring their opponents 9-2 this postseason, including a 6-2 victory over Oxnard Pacific in the 1st Round, and a 3-0 victory over Palm Springs on Tuesday. Junior forward Moriah Earley leads a trio of players in double-digits with 15 goals. Elizabeth Hernandez has 11 goals and Michelle Reed has 10 for La Serna, the Del Rio League champion and the division’s No. 3 seed.

The Royals (14-3-4 overall) have won both their playoff games in shots from the mark. Coach Jenny Whitty’s team defeated Anaheim in PKs, 3-0, after playing to a 2-2 draw in a 1st Round game on Thursday, Feb. 17. Woodcrest then defeated Downey Warren in PKs, 3-2, after playing to a 1-1 tie in a 2nd Round game on Tuesday. Junior GK/F Hannah Seabert leads this years team, posting 13 shutouts in more than 1,000 minutes in goal, while also scoring a team-high nine goals. Senior captain Monica Gomez had added eight goals, and junior MF Morgan Zurborg has chipped in six goals and four assists.

STARTING XIs:
La Serna
— GK: Penny Roman, Jr.; D: Savannah Francis, Sr., Tiffany Guerrero, Sr., Chrystine Morelos, Sr., Jen Reed, Sr.; MF: Mariah Naverette, Jr., Michelle Reed, Jr., Jordan Sanders, Sr. Danielle Telles, Jr.; F: Moriah Earley, Jr., Elizabeth Hernandez, Fresh.

Woodcrest Christian — GK: Hannah Seabert, Jr; D: Madie Barrett, Sr., Taylor Stark, Soph., Morgan Zurborg, Jr., Selena Reed, Jr.; MF: Savannah Sugg, Jr., Joan Noh, Fresh., Andrea Pavez, Sr.; F: Lauren Wells, Fresh., Monica Gomez, Sr.

THE DIFFERENCE:
Royals goalkeeper Hannah Seabert. Twice she’s faced down a team in kicks from the mark. Twice she’s prevailed. A team couldn’t have great confidence in its keeper the Woodcrest Christian girls soccer team has right now.
PREDICTION: Woodcrest Christian 0, La Serna 0 (Royals win in PKs)

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