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Prep Girls Soccer Playoffs: Jags lose in semis, get bid to Regionals

EL MONTE • University Prep fell in the CIF-Southern Section Division 7 girls soccer semifinals Tuesday, but the Jaguars’ season isn’t over.

Arroyo beat University Prep 3-2 to reach the finals.

However, athletic director Joe Zimmerman said University Prep will advance to the CIF SoCal Regional tournament in Division III. Brackets will be announced Sunday with first round games being played March 5.

“That’s a really big deal,” University Prep coach Teresa Candelario said. “We’ll look forward to that next week.”

The Jaguars took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but the Knights scored two quick goals about 15 minutes into the second half to take a 2-1 lead. University Prep’s Maritza Martinez scored her second goal of the day to tie the game again, but it didn’t stay that way for long. Arroyo scored the game winner with about 24 minutes left and held on from there.

Candelario said she was proud of her team for playing with Arroyo, which had 14 seniors on its roster compared the Jaguars’ two.

“My team still gave it their all and they played excellent,” she said. “They played an amazing game for playing a team that has (14 seniors) on their roster.”

Nadia Lauren and Marlyn Espino had one assist each and Justice Borden made 13 saves for University Prep (13-3-2).


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