The storybook run to last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division III finals still is fresh on the minds of the Arcadia High School boys soccer players. Those who seeded Monday’s division playoff pairings apparently have a shorter memory. After finishing second in the Pacific League, Arcadia coach Jason Franz was surprised to learn the Apaches (12-7-5) are in a wild-card game this afternoon against visiting Lompoc Cabrillo (9-11-3), a fourth-place team from the Los Padres League. In the final division poll, there weren’t any Pacific League teams in the top 10. Only champion Hoover was awarded with a first-round game while Arcadia, Crescenta Valley and Burroughs from the eight-team league were forced to go the wild-card route. “Should a second-place team from an eight-team league be in a wild-card game?” Franz wondered. “I’m not in favor of that. “But CIF has a bigger problem because there are too many teams competing for six divisions. We need to add another division, otherwise this sort of thing will keep happening.” The Division VI pairings are a bigger mess. The first round consists of only league champions playing wild-card winners; there are 49 teams competing in the division. There are 17 wild-card games in Division VI, and Westmark (7-0-4), an undefeated champion from the Omega League, was placed in a wild-card game. “Nobody wants to put a league champion in a wild-card game,” CIF-SS director of sports information Thom Simmons said. “Unless someone makes a proposal to the Southern Section council to add a division, these are the cards we have to deal with.” Considering the injuries to key players and others lost because of grades, Pasadena girls soccer coach Carlos Guerrero is pleased the Bulldogs finished fourth in the Pacific League and qualified for the Division II playoffs. The Bulldogs (11-4-3) were unbeaten in their final seven games and will be on the road against Westlake (9-2-8) in a wild-card game this afternoon. The Bulldogs figured to be one of the Pacific League contenders entering the season, but midfielder Breane Joseph broke her leg midway through league, and senior forward Gilly Acedo has been out for weeks with an knee ligament injury. “It’s been a very frustrating season, but I give our girls a lot of credit for fighting through the rough times,” Guerrero said. “We have been playing without two of our top three players, and we lost other players because of injuries and grades.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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