Prep Preview: Mission Hills at Chaffey

I’m covering the San Marcos Mission Hills-Ontario Chaffey boys CIF Southern California Regional Round 1 playoff game tonight, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Game time is 5 p.m. PT.

The best part of this assignment is it’s my first look at Chaffey, a team that spent seven weeks at No. 1 in the Inland Area Prep Soccer Top 10, this season.

MissionHillsLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
San Marcos Mission Hills (19-3-3 overall) come in ranked No. 17 in the state by MaxPreps.com. The Grizzlies shared the Avocado East League title with San Marcos High, finishing with identical 6-3-1 records, before going on to win the CIF San Diego Section Division 3 title. Coach Jacob English’s side defeated San Diego High, 1-0, in the championship game on Saturday, March 5.

ChaffeyLOGO1Ontario Chaffey (20-2-2 overall) is ranked 22nd in the state, but last played a competitive match 10 days ago. The Tigers claimed the Mt. Baldy League for a second consecutive season with a 9-0-1 record, but stumbled on the road in the quarterfinals, losing 2-1 at Santa Maria. Coach Jason Schmelzeisen’s team should be hungry for a little but of redemption right here.

THE PROBABLE STARTING XIs:
Mission Hills
— GK Adrian Quintero (Sr.); D Jorge Cante (Sr.); D Hector Navarro (Sr.); D Curtis Nisbet (Sr.); D/MF Luis Valdovinos (Sr.); D/MF Giovanni Alavez (Jr.0; MF Anibal Zaguilan (Sr.); MF Ronaldo Rivera (Sr.); F Luis Perez (Sr.); F Abel Munoz (Sr.); F Abraham Suazo (Sr.)

Chaffey — GK George Quinones (Sr.); D Vladimir Centeno (Sr.); D Eduardo Morales (Sr.); D Ulises Heredia (Sr.) MF Francisco Bravo (Sr.); MF Eduardo Contreras (Sr.); MF/F Hugo Estrado (Sr.); MF/F Angel Lopez (Sr.); MF/F Miguel Flores (Sr.); F Ricky Castro (Sr.); F Andres Garcia (Jr.)

THE DIFFERENCE:
How many players for Chaffey have left for their club teams already? After all, their season ended more than a week ago. If junior Andres Garcia is available the matchup looks favorable for the Tigers.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Chaffey 3, Mission Hills 1

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