Today, Los Angeles CES High School will travel to Spartan Stadium to test Strathmore in the regional semifinals.
CES boasts a 14-4-4 record, and won the CIF Los Angeles City Section championship in Division IV. They beat St. Anthony High School 3-1 Tuesday to earn the date with Strathmore.
The Unicorns are led by senior striker Emma Katz, who has scored 18 goals and assisted on 11 others in 18 games this season.
CES will have to contend with a potent Lady Spartan offense playing before a large home crowd.
Strathmore, which sports a 22-2-1 record and a CIF Central Section title, has netted 125 goals this year, nearly twice as many as CES, which has scored 64 times.
Samantha Oliveira is the key cog in the Spartan offense. The sophomore forward has meshed 39 goals this season, including seven goals in four playoff games.
Sophomore Taylor Alkire has 21 goals and 11 assists for Strathmore this year, while junior captain Rosalinda Platas has contributed 15 goals.
The Lady Spartans have won 16 straight games under head coach Hector Gonzalez, but struggled in their last outing, edging St. Genevieve of Panorama City 2-1 in the regional quarterfinals.
The game begins at 4 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.
If Strathmore wins, they’ll play Saturday at 4 p.m. at home for the championship against the winner of today’s match between second-seeded Maranatha High School and third-seeded Malibu High School.
Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2015 6:00 am
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