El Segundo Women’s Soccer knocks out top-seeded West Torrance in CIF-SS Division 3 Final

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TORRANCE >> The El Segundo women’s soccer team have been tasked with trying to slow or stop West Torrance’s attack, something neither team did in the Bundesliga Division 3 playoffs. southern section of the CIF.

First seed West has scored 17 goals throughout the playoffs and senior Cherrie Cox entered the game having scored 40 goals this season.

Despite that, El Segundo found a way to get the job done on Saturday.

The Eagles (16-4-1) had a goal in each half and, more importantly, prevented Cox from getting too much space to lead the West offense. It all resulted in a 2-0 win for the Eagles and their second straight CIF-SS title.

  • The girls of El Segundo champion the CIF after a 2-0 victory. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • Izabella Munoz of El Segundo celebrates with her team after their 2-0 win. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • Michaela Turner hugs GK Tanner Ijams in the 2-0 win. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • The girls of El Segundo celebrate their 2-0 victory. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • West’s Makena Irvine, right, consoles her teammate after a 2-0 loss. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • El ASegundo’s Izabella Munoz is overwhelmed with joy after the final whistle gave her side a 2-0 victory. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • Izabella Munoz (hands up) celebrates her first half goal. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Segundo’s Ava Adlam and West’s Kat Harris collide. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • West’s Makena Irvine battles El Segundo’s Izabella Munoz. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • West’s Lindsey Park tackles loose ball with Lauren Nguyen. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jackie Rodriguez of West beats Charlie Gerson of El Segundo to the ball. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Segundo’s Chelsie Charles fights her way to the ball. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • West’s Lindsey Park battles El Segundo’s Lauren Nguyen. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Segundo’s Izabella Munoz is mobbed after scoring a goal to give her side a 1-0 lead. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • Michaela Turner of El Segundo with a high kick. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Segundo’s Chelsie Charles (third from left) gets hugs after scoring to give her team a 2-0 lead. El Segundo vs West Torrance CIFSS Div 3 Women’s Football Final Saturday February 26, 2022 (Photo by Robert Casillas, Contributing Photographer)

Last season, the Eagles won the CIF-SS Division 4 Finals.

“When we last played them, we tagged her (Cox) with Charlie Gerson and she did pretty much the same job,” El Segundo coach Skip Jones said. “She didn’t really hurt us the first game we played. We used that same formula and had a good idea of ​​what we needed to do based on when we first played them.

In their regular season meeting on January 21, West won 2-1.

The Eagles opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes. Izabella Munoz’s shot from around 20 yards out that flew past the West keeper’s outstretched hand and into the goal.

This is where the score remained for the rest of the half.

Cox only had two shots in the first half. One came from a free kick from around 30 yards out which was obtained by El Segundo goalkeeper Tanner Ijams.

“I think we did a good job holding the center and forcing them out,” Ijams said. “By forcing them away, we were able to prevent them from creating dangerous attempts.

In the second half, the game opened up a bit, but the Warriors failed to break through the Eagle defense.

Chelsie Charles put the game aside for El Segundo scoring 24 minutes from time.

“After the end of last year, we just had the anticipation to try to repeat and win twice in a row,” Charles said. “We’ve been playing West for a very long time and it feels good to beat them.”

Last season in two league games, the Warriors beat the Eagles 11-0. The Warriors had won all eight games against the Eagles.

“They really pack it in the back,” West coach Jessica Youngdale said of El Segundo. “It’s almost like they’re playing five in the back and we kept trying to get through the middle of them and it wasn’t working.

“We kind of talked about it and it took us a while to adjust our game plan and once we did that we obviously started to get more chances but the ball just wouldn’t fall to us. just not on it.”

The win ends an eight-game winning streak for the Warriors. Their last loss came on January 26 against Redondo.

Both teams will look to next week’s CIF SoCal Regional Tournament.

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