Inland Area Prep Soccer Top 10

FINAL 2011-’12

1. Moreno Valley Valley View (21-2-3) — Miguel Hernandez returned from a broken foot in score a goal in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 semifinal victory at Coachella Valley, and reigning Inland Area Player Of The Year Alex Turkson scored the only goal of the championship game when his overtime header found a home in the back of the net. Now it’s on to the CIF-State playoffs for Coach John Kush’s history-making charges.
LAST RANKED: (No. 1).
LAST GAME: def. Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley, 1-0 in OT, in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 title game on 3/2.
NEXT FIXTURE: at San Diego Torrey Pines in a CIF-State Division 1 Quarterfinal Round game TODAY.

2. Fontana (21-2-1) — The Steelers’ fantastic season came to an end in a one-goal loss at home in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals. Seniors Jonathan Madrid and Carlos Cruz, Fohi’s all-time best scoring duo, combined for 49 goals this season.
LAST RANKED: (No. 2).
LAST GAME: lost, 3-2, to Oxnard Channel Islands in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 Quarterfinal Round game on 2/23.
NEXT FIXTURE: Season complete.

3. Hesperia Oak Hills (23-3-3) — The Bulldogs could hang on only so long, losing in PKs in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 semifinals. Coach Darren Goodman’s team got the call from CIF, though, and is headed up the San Joaquin Valley for a CIF-State playoff game.
LAST RANKED: (No. 4).
LAST GAME: lost, 5-3 in PKs, to Crescenta Valley in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4 Semifinal Round game on 2/28.
NEXT FIXTURE: at Lindsay in a CIF-State Division 2 Quarterfinal Round game TODAY.

4. Claremont (23-3-2) — The Wolfpack suffered shutout losses only twice this season, both to Inland Valley League teams (No. 1 Valley View, No. 9 La Sierra). In the end, Coach Fred Bruce-Oliver’s team just wasn’t as dangerous in its attacking third as some of his others.
LAST RANKED: (No. 3).
LAST GAME: lost, 1-0, to No. 8 Riverside La Sierra in a CIF-SS Division 2 Quarterfinal Round game on 2/23.
NEXT FIXTURE: Season complete.

5. Lake Elsinore Lakeside (19-7-3) — The Lancers enjoyed something of a magical run toward the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship based, in part, upon the words of their former principal, now deceased. For Coach Colin Gilliland, the team’s young yet suddenly accomplished steward, it’s the stuff of legend.
LAST RANKED: (Not Ranked).
LAST GAME: def. No. 7 San Bernardino Cajon in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 title game on 3/3.
NEXT FIXTURE: vs. Santa Ana Valley in a CIF-State Division 2 Quarterfinal Round game TODAY.

6. Perris Citrus Hill (21-5-2) — The Hawks’ offense output dimmed to a flicker in a narrow overtime loss at Desert Mirage in a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 semifinal. Despite the heart-wrenching loss, Coach Juan Matthews side still finished with a plus-11 goal-differential in the playoffs.
LAST RANKED: (No. 5).
LAST GAME: lost, 2-1 in 2OT, at Thermal Desert Mirage in a CIF-SS Division 6 Semifinal Round game on 2/28.
NEXT FIXTURE: Season complete.

7. San Bernardino Cajon (23-5-5) — The Cowboys’ offensive attack was slowed to a pee-shooter as their title hopes were derailed by No. 5 Lakeside in the final of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. Senior F Carlos Trinidad scored the lone goal for Coach Carlos Garcia, who then moved his best player to central defense in the second half only to be met with disastrous results.
LAST RANKED: (No. 6).
LAST GAME: lost, 3-1, to No. 5 Lake Elsinore Lakeside in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 title game on 3/3.
NEXT FIXTURE: vs. Apple Valley Granite Hills TODAY.

8. Riverside Poly (18-5-3) — The Bears couldn’t rock the trip out to Coachella, failing to score more than one goal in a season-ending loss. Still, Coach Alex Figueroa’s were Big VIII League champs in their final season before moving to the Inland Valley League.
LAST RANKED: (No. 7).
LAST GAME: lost, 3-1, to Thermal Coachella Valley in a CIF-SS Division 2 2nd Round game on 2/21.
NEXT FIXTURE: Season complete.

9. Riverside La Sierra (18-5-5) — The Eagles were surprise semifinalists in CIF-Southern Section Division 2, and even had the lead at halftime in the game against Capistrano Valley, but a mind-boggling collapse in the last three minutes led to their exit from the playoffs.
LAST RANKED: (No. 8).
LAST GAME: lost, 2-1, to Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 Semifinal Round game on 2/28.
NEXT FIXTURE: Season complete.

10. Redlands East Valley (15-4-8) — The Wildcats finished just 1-2-1 over their final four games to slide right out of the playoffs. A late-season scoring slump proved too much to overcome.
LAST RANKED: (No. 9).
LAST GAME: lost, 2-1, to Oxnard in a CIF-SS Division 3 1st Round game on 2/16.
NEXT FIXTURE: Season complete.

DROPPED OUT: Colton (15-8-6).

JUST MISSED: Riverside Norte Vista (19-4-4), Riverside King (18-8-2), Apple Valley Granite Hills (20-7-1).

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