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Chargers headed to CIF final

Edison takes down Foothill, 1-0, to advance to Saturday's Division 1 championship game against Santa Margarita.

March 06, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
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For the first time in 12 years, the Edison High girls' soccer program is returning to a CIF Southern Section championship final.

The Chargers earned their first trip to a title game Tuesday by taking down another higher ranked opponent in postseason play. This time, third-seeded Foothill fell victim to the Chargers who took a 1-0 home field victory in a Division 1 semifinal.

The triumph puts 10th-ranked Edison in the Saturday's division final. The Sunset League champion Chargers (11-6-7) will take on Trinity League champ Santa Margarita at 5 p.m. at Corona High.

Fifth-ranked Santa Margarita took down top-seeded Harvard-Westlake in Tuesday's other semifinal. The teams played to a 1-1 tie through regulation but the Eagles advanced by winning a penalty kicks shootout, 4-3.

Edison and Santa Margarita will meet for the first time this season.

"We have not played Santa Margarita this season but they are a quality side with just as much tenacity as us," Edison Coach Kerry Crooks said..

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Senior MacKenzie Cerda scored off an assist from Sarah Riley in the early stages of Tuesday's semifinal game. Zoe Clevely recorded four saves as Edison put an end to Century League champion Foothill's eight-game win streak.

Cerda, who has scored five goals in four tournament games, was injured late in the game when she took a kick to the rib section, Crooks said.

"Our defense played pretty flawless by not allowing quality chances by Foothill and gave them no corners," Crooks said. "The back four of Aubrey Grandon, Rachel Flory, Danielle Thomas and Bailey Webster were an absolute wall and made our goalkeeper's job super-easy. MacKenzie Cerda has been unstoppable in these playoffs."

In its previous tournament outing, a quarterfinal match-up Friday against Aliso Viejo, Edison advanced to the semifinals by knocking off the second-seeded Wolverines with ease, 3-0. Cerda scored twice, Riley once, Thomas and Webster each had an assist, and Clevely had nine saves in the upset of the South Coast League champion.

Edison last reached the a division final in 2002, the same year the Chargers last won a Southern Section title. The program won its first CIF-SS title in girls' soccer in 1985.

Edison's road to Saturday's title game includes postseason wins over Rosary (1-1, advanced, 4-3, on penalty kicks), ninth-ranked Capistrano Valley (1-0), Aliso Niguel and Foothill.

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