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High School Roundup: Vikings, Seahawks, Barons battle in Marina soccer tourney

Fountain Valley, Ocean View reach semifinals; Barons beat Seahawks in third-place game.

January 02, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Scott Smeltzer…)

The 26th annual Marina Holiday Classic boys' soccer tournament came to a close Saturday with the tournament finale at Marina High. St. John Bosco emerged as tournament champion by winning, 5-4, on penalty kicks against Redondo Union.

The three-day tournament started Dec. 27 and 18 teams contended for the title.

Saturday's final nearly had a local flavor to it but both Ocean View and Fountain Valley had their championship aspirations end Friday in semifinal losses. The Seahawks (4-5-3) and Redondo Union played to a 1-1 tie through regulation, but Redondo Union won on penalty kicks, 3-1, to move on to the final. The Barons (4-4-3), who were attempting to reach the tournament final for the second straight year, were upended, 2-0, by St. John Bosco.

Fountain Valley defeated Ocean View on penalty kicks (4-3) to win the third-place game Saturday. The Barons went 3-1-1 at the tournament. The Seahawks were 2-0-2.

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Marina and Huntington Beach also competed for the crown. On the first day of the tournament Dec. 27, Marina was edged, 2-1, by Redondo Union, and fell, 2-0, to Garey of Pomona. Huntington and Ocean View played to a 1-1 tie and the Oilers also were clipped, 1-0, by Lakewood.

On Friday, Marina split two matches, beating Mayfair, 2-0, but fell to Aliso Niguel, 2-0, in consolation bracket play. The Vikings finished the tournament with a 1-2-1 record. Aliso Niguel also defeated Huntington, 4-3. The Oilers went 1-2 at the tournament.

The Sunset League boys' soccer race, which began Wednesday, continues Friday with three games: Huntington travels for a 3 p.m. game at Fountain Valley, Marina (8-2-3) takes on Los Alamitos at 3 p.m. at Laurel Jr. High in Los Alamitos, and Edison plays at 5 p.m. at Newport Harbor.

On Wednesday , the Sunset schedule has Edison playing host to Los Alamitos at 3 p.m., Marina playing at 5 p.m. at Huntington, and Fountain Valley playing at 5 p.m. at Newport Harbor.

Ocean View starts its Golden West League campaign Friday, when it plays host to Santa Ana at 3 p.m. On Wednesday, the Seahawks play a 3 p.m. league match at Segerstrom.

"We had some great competition and exciting games all week," Marina Coach Jeff Schofield said. "The fact that two out-of-county teams, Redondo Union and St. John Bosco, went to the final shows the strength of the tournament that included five Sunset League teams."

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