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Caitlin Kollins (19) has been a senior leader for Urban heading into the postseason.(Courtesy / Kathryn Doorey)

By Ryan Maquiñana
Special to S.F. Examiner

The San Francisco Glens Soccer Club of USL League Two are proud to partner with the Examiner in featuring boys’ and girls’ high school soccer in The City every Sunday.

The regular season concluded this weekend for high school soccer programs in the CIF San Francisco Section, while their City counterparts in the West Catholic Athletic League and Bay Counties League West were trying their luck in the Central Coast Section and North Coast Section playoffs, respectively. Let’s look at how all San Francisco schools in the trophy hunt are faring so far.

BOYS’ SOCCER

CIF San Francisco Section

Tuesday’s first-round games and Thursday’s semifinals will take place at Crocker-Amazon, with all kickoffs at 3:30 p.m. The final will occur Saturday at Boxer Stadium at 11:00 a.m.

Mission (12-1-3) captured the top seed after clinching Division 1 long before the regular-season finale. The Bears will enjoy a first-round bye in the CIF-SF playoffs and will await the winner of the game between Division 1 fourth-place team Lincoln (7-5-4) and Division 2 winner Galileo (9-1-2) in the first semifinal.

Jordan (8-3-2) overcame two losses in its initial four contests to grab second place in Division 1. Like Mission, the Jaguars will also bypass the first round and will take on whoever emerges between Division 1 third-place team Washington (8-7-3) and Division 2 runner-up Balboa (9-2-1) in the second semifinal.

West Catholic Athletic League

St. Ignatius (15-3-1) successfully defended its league crown and earned the No. 2 seed in the CCS Open Division playoffs, but were upset at home in Saturday’s quarterfinals by No. 7 Branham (13-3-5), 1-0.

Sacred Heart Cathedral (11-7-3) finished fourth in the WCAL and received the No. 4 seed in the CCS Division III playoffs. On Saturday, the Fighting Irish beat fifth-seeded Soquel (12-6-0) in the quarterfinals at City College, 1-0, thanks to a stoppage-time goal by Alec Perliss. Now Sacred Heart Cathedral will take on either No. 1 Pioneer (10-6-3) or eighth-seeded Carlmont (6-6-5) in Wednesday’s semifinals. Venue TBD.

Bay Counties League West

University (16-5-2) finished first in the BCL West to take the top seed in the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs. On Saturday, the Red Devils trounced No. 8 Berean Christian (8-8-3) at Paul Goode Field in the quarterfinals, 5-0. They now get No. 5 Saint Mary’s (9-5-2) in a Wednesday semifinal.

Lick-Wilmerding (11-4-2) was third and seized the sixth seed in the NCS Division IV. In the first round last week, they took on fellow BCL West school Urban (8-9-2), who finished fourth in the league and earned the 11th seed. After drawing 1-1 with Urban in regulation, the Tigers won on penalty kicks, 4-1.

Lick then advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinal date at Sonoma Academy with third-seeded Roseland University Prep (12-5-1) and pulled off the upset with a 3-0 shutout triumph. The Tigers will now face No. 2 Marin Academy (13-4-3), who they haven’t beaten in three regular-season tries, in the other Wednesday semifinal. Is the fourth time the charm?

Both NCS semifinal venues and times are TBD as of press time.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

CIF San Francisco Section

Tuesday’s first-round games and Thursday’s semifinals will take place at Beach Chalet, with all kickoffs at 3:30 p.m. The final will occur Saturday at Boxer Stadium at 1:30 p.m.

Lowell (13-2-1) finished with a perfect record in league play; the Cardinals have clinched the Division 1 top seed and a first-round bye in the CIF-SF playoffs. The Cardinals will face the winner of Division 1 fourth-place team Washington (7-7-1) and Division 2 winner Leadership (10-0-0) in the semifinals.

Mission (7-2-1) will seize the other first-round bye after ending up second in Division 1 following a sweep at the hands of Lowell. The Bears will draw the winner of Division 1 third-place team Balboa (5-4-1) and Division 2 runner-up Galileo (8-2-0) in the other semifinal pairing.

West Catholic Athletic League

St. Ignatius (9-3-7) finished as unbeaten league champions and were awarded the No. 4 seed in the CCS Open Division playoffs. The Wildcats edged fifth-seeded St. Francis (9-4-5) in Saturday’s quarterfinals on the S.I. campus, 1-0. They now meet No. 1 Mountain View (18-1-2) on Tuesday in the semifinals at a venue TBD.

Sacred Heart Cathedral (11-7-3) ended in fifth and grabbed the No. 3 seed in the CCS Division III playoffs. They outlasted No. 6 San Benito (12-6-2) in Saturday’s quarterfinals at City College 1-0 to set up a Wednesday semifinal clash with No. 7 Woodside (9-8-4). Venue also TBD.

Bay Counties League West

Urban (11-6-5) finished third in the BCL West Division 1 and captured the No. 6 seed in the NCS Division IV playoffs. In the first round last week, they defeated No. 11 St. Joseph-Notre Dame (9-5-3), 3-0. However, though the Blues went ahead early on the road against third-seeded Marin Academy (18-1-1) in Saturday’s quarterfinals, they would eventually fall, 5-1.

University (9-9-2) was fourth in the league and earned the No. 9 seed in NCS Division IV. After a 2-1 first-round win last week over eighth-seeded Saint Mary’s, the Red Devils’ run ended in the quarterfinals, as No. 1 Cardinal Newman (13-4-1) beat them 4-0 at El Molino High School on Saturday night.

SAN FRANCISCO BOYS’ SOCCER TOP 10 (as of 2/16)

1. St. Ignatius
2. Mission
3. University
4. Lick-Wilmerding
5. Sacred Heart Cathedral
6. Jordan
7. Urban
8. Washington
9. Lincoln
10. Galileo

SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS’ SOCCER TOP 10 (as of 2/16)

1. St. Ignatius
2. Lowell
3. Mission
4. Urban
5. Leadership
6. Sacred Heart Cathedral
7. University
8. Balboa
9. Washington
10. Galileo

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SF GLENS SOCCER SPOTLIGHT: PREVIOUS FEATURES

Nov. 25: Can St. Ignatius repeat as NorCal champions? 

Dec. 4: Giant-killer Leadership defends City title

Dec. 11: Changing of the guard at No. 1 Lowell

Dec. 16: University taking on all comers

Dec. 26: Sacred Heart Cathedral’s blue-collar attitude

Jan. 6: Mission’s boys led by humble heroes

Jan. 12: Junqua, Boateng selected in MLS SuperDraft first round

Jan. 20: Can Mission’s girls finally dethrone Lowell?

Jan. 27: Lick-Wilmerding on collision course with University

Feb. 3: Urban Blues: New league, new challenges

Feb. 10: Trail-blazing Hamm powers No. 1 St. Ignatius

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