Still a lot at stake for top Del Rio teams

first_imgFernandez did say that while his team’s quest for a league title is gone, the Chiefs still have something to play for today. “We actually have a lot to gain (by winning today),” Fernandez said. “We’re ranked No. 10 in (Division IV), so if we can beat the No. 1 team (La Serna), we could move up to possibly No. 7 or 8 and possibly get a home (playoff game in the first round).” La Habra, which closes the regular season against visiting Troy today, is also looking to the postseason after clinching second place in the Freeway League with a 5-0 win over rival Sonora on Tuesday. “The last couple of games we’ve been really good,” said first-year Highlanders coach Joel Carlisle, whose team is 15-5-3 and 6-3. “It’s given them a lot of confidence that they can really beat people. “They are definitely excited. The biggest thing now is that we’re working towards the playoffs. We want to be successful in the playoffs. For them, that’s their biggest goal.” But motivation for victory is still expected to be high for players on both teams. The incentive may be extra for Santa Fe, which saw La Serna rally for three goals in the final 20 minutes to score a 4-3 win in the teams’ first meeting in January. “They are a great team and we rise up to play good teams,” Santa Fe coach Fernie Fernandez said. “We’re excited about playing them. The last game where they came back was a classic. We’re expecting a nice, clean game.” La Habra’s strength has been its variety. The Highlanders feature several players who can take over a game, including senior captain Casey Kiehl and midfielder/forward Carrisa Hernandez. “Our team just works so well together,” said senior captain Casey Kiehl, who scored three goals in Tuesday’s win over Sonora. La Mirada will face Mayfair for the top spot in the Suburban League today. The two teams played to a 0-0 draw in the first meeting at La Mirada on Jan. 12. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be a lot at stake when Del Rio League girls soccer rivals La Serna and Santa Fe high schools finish the regular season against each other today. The visiting Lancers, ranked No. 1 in CIF-Southern Section Division IV, are 20-1-2 overall. They have already clinched first place with a 9-0 league mark. The Chiefs, meanwhile, have solidified their second-place standing with 16-4-3 and 6-1-2 records. last_img read more