South Orange County's reputation as the epicenter of girls soccer has been burnished during these CIF Southern Section playoffs. All four schools in the Division 1 semifinals are south of Irvine.
Santa Margarita Catholic (16-5-2) upset top-seeded Corona del Mar of Newport Beach in Friday's quarterfinals, and Nos. 2-4 seeds San Clemente (17-2-7), Dana Hills (16-5-1) and Aliso Niguel (18-1-4) joined the Eagles in the final four.
Add St. Margaret's (16-4-5) of San Juan Capistrano, which reached the Division 6 semifinals, and that's five South County teams playing Tuesday for title-game berths next weekend.
Santa Margarita, from Rancho Santa Margarita, beat Corona del Mar, 1-0, when Taylor Klawunder volleyed home a cross from her twin sister, Kaitlin, in the 74th minute.
San Clemente, aiming for a fifth straight trip to the final, overcame Harvard-Westlake of Studio City on penalties after a 0-0 draw. Freshman Amanda Gerrain delivered the knockout blow on the sixth round of kicks.
Breanne Chilton-Eddy scored twice to lead Aliso Niguel, from Aliso Viejo, in a 3-0 romp over Santa Ana's Mater Dei. Dana Hills, from Dana Point, was a 2-0 winner over Orange Lutheran.
Seven of the eight Division 1 quarterfinalists (and 11 of 16 second-round teams) were from Orange County.
It's a similar story, but different geography, in Division 3. Three of the four semifinalists -- third-seeded Claremont (25-1-4), St. Lucy's Priory (18-8-2) of Glendora and Chino Hills (17-4-6) -- are from the Sierra League. A fourth Sierra team, Ayala of Chino Hills, was five minutes from joining them.
The Sierra League is 11-1-1 in the tournament, the lone loss Ayala's on Friday against defending champion Bishop Amat (21-4-4) of La Puente. Amat scored three times in the final six minutes, with Jamie Peters netting the winner, to pull out a 4-3 victory.
Amat will face Chino Hills, which routed Bonita of La Verne, 5-1, as Ashley Gonzales scored twice for the second straight game. Claremont edged Diamond Bar, 1-0, on Madison Stark's first-half goal.
Victoria Camaj scored twice as St. Lucy's, the only team to beat Claremont this season, set up a rematch with the Wolfpack by beating Valencia of Placentia, 2-1.
Here are Friday's scores:
CIF SOUTHERN SECTION
Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho Santa Margarita) 1, Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 0
Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo) 4, Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 0
Dana Hills (Dana Point) 2, Orange Lutheran 0
San Clemente 1, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City) 1, OT (San Clemente advances on penalties, 4-3)
Santa Margarita at Aliso Niguel
Dana Hills at San Clemente
Sunny Hills (Fullerton) 1, Calabasas 0
Great Oak (Temecula) 0, Long Beach Poly 0, OT (Great Oak advances on penalties, 3-1)
Upland 2, Santiago (Corona) 1
Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga) 2, Westlake (Thousand Oaks) 1
Great Oak at Sunny Hills
Upland at Los Osos
Chino Hills 5, Bonita (La Verne) 1
Bishop Amat (La Puente) 4, Ayala (Chino Hills) 3
Claremont 1, Diamond Bar 0
St. Lucy's Priory (Glendora) 2, Valencia (Placentia) 1
Chino Hills at Bishop Amat
St. Lucy's at Claremont
Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 3, Valley Christian (Cerritos) 1
Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley) 3, Malibu 1
South Torrance 4, Santa Paula 1
Marymount (Bel-Air) 1, La Reina (Thousand Oaks) 0
Oaks Christian at Canyon Springs
South Torrance at Marymount
Cabrillo (Lompoc) 4, Lakeside (Lake Elsinore) 1
La Serna (Whittier) 5, Woodcrest Christian (Riverside) 0
Downey 1, Ontario Christian 0
Cajon (San Bernardino) 0, Palm Desert 0, OT (Cajon advances on penalties, 3-1)
La Serna at Cabrillo
Downey at Cajon
Hemet 4, La Cañada (La Cañada Flintridge) 0
South Pasadena 4, Sierra Vista (Baldwin Park) 0
St. Margaret's (San Juan Capistrano) 0, Segerstrom (Santa Ana) 0 (St. Margaret's advances on penalties, 3-2)
San Dimas 2, Loara (Anaheim) 1
South Pasadena at Hemet
St. Margaret's at San Dimas
Viewpoint (Calabasas) 3, Marshall Fundamental (Pasadena) 1
Citrus Valley (Redlands) 1, Vistamar (El Segundo) 0
Firebaugh (Lynwood) 3, Rim of the World (Lake Arrowhead) 2
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 3, St. Genevieve (North Hollywood) 0
Citrus Valley at Viewpoint
Sierra Canyon at Firebaugh