Littlerock avoids playoff penalties

first_imgLittlerock High’s boys soccer team may lose its third-place finish in the Golden League, but the Lobos haven’t lost their spot in the Southern Section playoffs. The Lobos discovered this week that they used an ineligible player in their final eight league games, but because the school reported the problem to the Southern Section and playoff brackets already had been determined, Littlerock was not disqualified from the postseason. The Lobos play at Chaffey of Ontario in a Div. I first-round game today. The Golden League might not be as forgiving about the violation. League representatives will decide if the Lobos have to forfeit their final eight league games, altering the league standings. The Falcons could have a rematch with league rival Littlerock in quarterfinals if both advance that far. Palmdale defeated the Lobos 4-1 in Friday’s regular-season finale. Other Golden teams: Lancaster and Quartz Hill round out the Golden League postseason qualifiers. Second-place Lancaster opens at home against Schurr of Montebello. Fourth-place Quartz Hill plays at Citrus League champion Rialto. Tough ending:off! Desert Christian’s season ended Wednesday in the wild-card round of the Div. VI playoffs. Penalty kicks following a scoreless tie determined the game against Thacher, which advanced to the first round today at top-seeded Fillmore. The Knights finish the season with a 7-12-2 record. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Littlerock coach Nathan Martinez, who took over as coach four games into the season, discovered this week that a player who joined the team late and was believed to have initially been cleared by the school, was in fact ineligible. The player, who was not identified, will not participate in the playoffs. It can get better: Winning a Golden League championship, finishing the regular season undefeated, and receiving the No. 1 seed in the Div. I playoffs isn’t enough to satisfy Palmdale. “We can be better,” said coach Jarrod Cline, whose Falcons didn’t qualify for playoffs last year. “I don’t think we’ve been playing great soccer the last few games. We haven’t been playing complete games. We just need to make sure to have the full game. We need to stay focused for the whole game. “No team is going to want to let us beat them. If a team can make it this far, they can play. I know Southern California soccer is always tough.” Palmdale opens at home against Montebello, the third-place team from the Almont League. last_img read more

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