Paramount High School claimed its second CIF Southern California Regional boys' soccer title in three years thanks to first-half precision and suffocating defense.
The Pirates (25-4-3) ended Crescenta Valley's quest for an unbeaten season, holding on for a 2-1 victory in the Division I final Saturday night at Warren High School in Downey.
Jesus Alvarez headed home a Jose Ochoa corner kick in the 30th minute, and Miguel Rueda knocked in a loose ball after a long Ochoa throw-in in the 37th to give Paramount a two-goal advantage by halftime.
Paramount won its third straight CIF Southern Section title last week, beating Oxnard's Channel Islands in the Division 3 final at Warren. Crescenta Valley (22-1-7), from La Crescenta, captured the Division 4 championship.
The Falcons struggled to break down Paramount's defense, which used Alvarez and Tommy Osorio to smother star UC Irvine-bound forward Pavle Atanackovic, who came into the game with 38 goals.
“Our game plan was first of all to stop the middle,” Paramount co-coach Rafa Villasenor told the Glendale News Press. “If [Atanackovic] doesn't receive any balls, he pretty much is invisible in the game, and that's what we pretty much did.”
Salar Hajimirsadeghi's free kick with seven minutes to play halved the deficit, and Paramount weathered a late Crescenta Valley charge to prevail.
In other games:
Santa Margarita Catholic 2, Bishop Amat: Samantha Trenary scored in the 72nd minute, and the Eagles (18-5-4) pulled out the Division II girls title, making the Rancho Santa Margarita school the second to win Southern California Regional titles in boys and girls soccer.
Bryce Ziemer tallied in the first half for Santa Margarita, which lost on penalties in the Southern Section Division 1 semifinals to Aliso Niguel, which captured the regional Division I crown and figures to finish atop the ESPNHS Fab 50 winter rankings.
Yazmin Montoya scored at the start of the second half for Bishop Amat (24-5-4), which lost to Claremont in last week's Southern Section Division 3 final.
Santa Margarita won the inaugural Division II boys title in 2008. San Clemente, also from south Orange County, claimed Division I championships in girls soccer in 2009 and boys soccer last year.
St. Augustine 2, Lindsay 1: Kostas Kotselas tallied six minutes into overtime, and the Saints (19-5-5), from San Diego, won the boys Division II title, the only regional championship not captured by a Southern Section school. St. Augustine looked to win in regulation, but Abraham Bettencourt scored in the final minute as Lindsay (23-2-3), southeast of Visalia, forced the extra period.