DOWNEY - The Downey High School girls' soccer team currently has an overall record of 17-3-2 and a league record of 10-0. The Lady Vikings are the defending C.I.F. Division V champions.For their recent success, the Lady Vikings have been moved to Division IV. The Lady Vikings are seeded second, behind top seeded South Torrance (23-0-6), and played Valley View (5-8-7) yesterday in their opening round game (score unavailable at press time). Valley View defeated Chaffey (11-6-1) 1-0 on penalty kicks Tuesday afternoon after being tied at the end of regulation 1-1. The San Gabriel Valley League is well represented in the Division IV playoffs. Warren (12-7-2), the S.G.V.L. number two entry, hosted Canyon Springs (11-8-4) yesterday (score unavailable at press time). Lynwood (13-5-2), the S.G.V.L. number three entry, defeated Apple Valley (10-9-6) 2-1 on Tuesday to advance and played at Riverside Poly yesterday (score unavailable at press time). Paramount (7-6-4), the S.G.V.L. number four entry, defeated Rancho Verde (10-8-2) 1-0 on Tuesday to advance and played at Serrano yesterday (score unavailable at press time). Coach Godfrey and her team are looking forward to the challenge that lies in front of them. Godfrey believes that this year's squad is stronger all around and likes the dedication she has seen from her players. Winning the title last year also gives the Lady Vikings a mental edge in that they have been here before and believe they are fully capable of doing it again. Downey lost to top-seeded South Torrance 2-0 on December 28 in a preseason game. If both teams win out, there will be a rematch many local soccer fans would like to see.
********** Published: February 14, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 44