Prep Preview: Jurupa Hills at Paloma Valley

I’m covering the Fontana Jurupa Hills-Menifee Paloma Valley girls CIF-Southern Section Division 6 first round playoff soccer game on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.

The best part of this assignment is we’re done with the wildcard round and finally on to the first round!

jurupahillsLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
Fontana Jurupa Hills (8-10-4 overall, 5-3-2 San Andreas League) enjoyed their best league finish to date, qualifying for the playoffs as the SAL’s second-place team. The Spartans enter the postseason on the heels of a 4-0 victory over San Bernardino Arroyo Valley in their league finale, giving them 66 goals on the year so far. Not bad for a team that started the season zero wins, six losses and two ties in their first eight games. Coach Megan Santiago’s team has now won four its last six, and seeks the program’s first CIF-SS win.

PalomaValleyLOGOMenifee Paloma Valley (9-10-4 overall, 7-1-2 Sunbelt League) failed to scored a goal last week in a scoreless draw vs. Menifee Heritage and a 1-0 loss at Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon to back into the postseason. Obviously the Wildcats, last season’s D6 runner-up and SoCal Regional tournament qualifiers, will need to score today if they have any plans of extending their season. Coach Marie Dillon must find away to breathe some confidence into her attacking players, which shouldn’t be too difficult in front of a home crowd.

PROBABLE STARTING XIs:
Jurupa Hills
— GK Marilu Armas (Jr.); D Kayla Eshleman (Sr.); D Lupita Berrera (Sr.); D Amanda Resendez (Sr.); D Sahira Cardenas (Soph.); MF Ruby Valdez (Sr.); MF Roxanne Limon (Sr.); MF Sara Mendez (Sr.); MF Taylor Skillern (Jr.); F Emily Jimenez (Sr.); F Valeria Rodriguez (Sr.)

Paloma Valley — GK Felicia Moran (Jr.); D Sophie Nicotero (Jr.); D Makayla Lane-Adams (Soph.); D Lindy Baca (Jr.); D Sayra Munoz (Fr.); MF Emily Guzman Gonzalez (Jr.); MF Megan Dallin (Fr.); MF Taylor Groves (Sr.); MF Lauren Perez (Sr.); F Mirian Mota (Jr.); F Jordyn King (Soph.)

THE DIFFERENCE:
Jurupa Hills is loaded with seniors, none of which can match Paloma Valley’s playoff experience from last year. If the Wildcats can score a goal or two they should be able to hold onto a lead.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Paloma Valley 2, Jurupa Hills 1

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