Prep Roundup: Edison hard to beat

Chargers boys' soccer team, No. 2 seed in Division 1, uses overtime to get past Cabrillo in second round of CIF playoffs.

February 26, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

Five of the top 10-ranked teams, including the top four seeds, are still in the running for the CIF Southern Section Division 1 boys' soccer championship.

Edison High is one of those remaining teams, and it's a golden feeling for the Chargers.

The division's No. 2 seed needed two late scores, including a goal two minutes into a overtime by Jack Slavik, to pull out a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Long Beach Cabrillo. Slavik's golden goal, preceded by a goal by teammate Connor Gordon late in the second half, allowed the Chargers to slip past the upset-minded Jaguars, and into Thursday's quarterfinal round.

Edison, 23-1-1 overall, will play host to Bay League champion and seventh-ranked Palos Verdes at 3 p.m. Thursday. The winner moves on to a semifinal date on Tuesday. Against either No. 3-seeded San Clemente (South Coast League champ) or St. John Bosco (Trinity League No. 2).


Palos Verdes blanked 10th-ranked Dos Pueblos (Channel League No. 2), 3-0, Tuesday.

Cabrillo, the No. 3 team from the Moore League, took a 1-0 halftime lead on Sunset League champion Edison. The Jaguars appeared to be closing in on a potential upset until Gordon, a senior forward, punched in a goal to tie the score with 36 seconds remaining in regulation play.

Slavik, a junior midfielder, put in the winning goal two minutes into overtime.

"I'm very proud of the team performance," Edison Coach Charlie Breneman said. "Cabrillo was a very good team and they made it difficult on us. Our kids kept to the game plan and kept plugging away and were rewarded for their efforts.

"This team doesn't know how to give in. We only have a day to prepare for the quarterfinals, and it's going to be difficult."

Edison opened playoff action Feb. 20 and scored a 4-0 shutout over visiting Moreno Valley Valley View (Inland Valley at-large). Goals were scored by Apolo Rosa, Hunter Kelley, Hunter Kling and Colin Douglas.

Huntington Beach also qualified for the Division 1 playoffs and the Oilers (Sunset League No. 4) played a wild-card game Feb. 19 against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (Mission League No. 4). The Oilers were eliminated by the Knights, 3-0.

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