The Mission Prep boys soccer team is one game from perfection.
The Royals (22-0) beat Riverdale 2-0 on Tuesday, setting up a CIF-Central Section Division 5 championship match with Woodlake (15-4-3) on Friday in San Luis Obispo.
“We beat a really good soccer team today,” Mission Prep coach Bob Galarneau said. “Riverdale was the best team we’ve played this year.”
Mission Prep scored both of its goals in the first half. Aryan Eslambolipour gave the Royals the initial lead on an assist from Neal Hetzel before Brian McAllen scored the game’s final goal.
Down two, Riverdale began peppering goalkeeper Joey Miller with long shots, including two consecutive that hit off the crossbar.
“Holy mackerel, I couldn’t believe we dodged both of those,” Galarneau said. “Once our defense got organized, though, they got frustrated and started shooting from the outside but (Miller) could see them coming.”
Miller made 18 saves in collecting his 13th shutout of the season.
Mission Prep is one win away from its first undefeated season and they have done it in dominating fashion, scoring 90 goals as a team to just nine allowed.
Arroyo Grande 3, Paloma Valley 1
The Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs with the road win.
Andres Tille gave Arroyo Grande (19-7-3) the lead just a minute before halftime.
After Brandon Macias gave the Eagles a two-goal lead early in the second half, Arroyo Grande head coach Brad Bowdey said his team assumed full control of the game.
Paloma Valley cut the lead to one before Arroyo Grande’s Christian Garcia provided the final tally just four minutes later.
Morgan Wack added two assists for the Eagles, who will travel to play at No. 1 seed Baldwin Park (21-0-2) at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Mission Prep 5, Fowler 1
Kori Disarufino had a hat trick for the second straight playoff game and added an assist as the Royals advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 final.
“It takes a lot of effort for the opposing team to mark her,” Mission Prep coach Marcus des Plantes said. “She draws players which opens up other options for me. The opposing team has to put so much effort into marking Kori that other opportunities present themselves for Mission.”
Freshman Sydney Ratjens added a goal for Mission Prep (12-11). Ratjens has scored five goals in the last three games dating back to the regular season finale.
Foothill 54, Arroyo Grande 24
Matt McAustin scored a game-high 12 points, hitting four 3-pointers as Arroyo Grande bowed out in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs in Santa Ana.
Foothill (27-2), the tournament’s No. 2 seed and California’s 25th-ranked team according to Maxpreps.com, trailed 5-0 to start the game and by four points after the first quarter.
The Eagles (21-8) were held to just four points over the next two quarters as Foothill went on a 32-4 run to put the game out of reach.