M. Soccer: Falcons seeded #2 for SoCal Regional Playoffs

File Photo: Men's Soccer celebrates a goal from earlier in the season against Norco College
File Photo: Men's Soccer celebrates a goal from earlier in the season against Norco College

So far this season, the Cerritos College men's soccer team has won the South Coast Conference Championship and then the conference tournament championship. Their quest for a fifth CCCAA State Championship gets underway on Saturday, as the Falcons (15-4-1) have been seeded #2 for the Southern California Regional Playoffs and will host #15-seed Norco College (7-8-4) at 2:00 p.m.

Back on September 28, Cerritos defeated the Mustangs, 3-0 and hold a 2-0 lifetime series lead. Norco tied for second place in the Inland Empire Athletic Conference, while the teams have faced six common opponents this season. The Falcons hold a 6-1-0 record against those teams, with the Mustangs coming in with a 2-4-1 record.

The Falcons are led on offense by sophomore Armando Ibarra, Jr., (Downey HS) who is tied for third in the state with 17 goals and has amassed three in the last two games. Ibarra also scored twice in the first meeting against Norco. The offensive attack is supports by freshmen Arnold Castillo (Bell Gardens HS) with five goals and six assists, while Pablo Caparelli (Real Salt Lake Academy, UT HS), has accounted for four goals and six assists. As a team, Cerritos has four others that have collected four assists, while they are fortunate to have a strong goalkeeping tandem in freshmen Alex Ledesma (Bellflower HS) and Pablo Rivera (Basalt, CO HS).

On the year, Ledesma is 12-3-1 with six shutouts and an 0.84 goals against average, with Rivera coming in with a 3-1 record and an 0.87 goals against average. The team has surrendered 16 goals all season and the Falcons have recorded 11 shutouts on the year.

The Mustangs have scored only 26 goals in 19 games this season and have placed all the goalkeeping responsibilities on David Calva, who allowed all three goals against the Falcons.

The winner of the game will take on the winner of the #7-seed Oxnard College vs. #10-seed College of the Desert game. The Falcons opened the season with a 2-0 win over Desert, while they suffered a 2-1 setback against the Condors.

Tickets for the game are as follows:



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