12 Redondo Union (6-10) at 5 Westlake (14-1), 7 p.m.
Westlake appeared to be on cruise-control throughout the season, scoring in double figures in every game while holding opponents to single digits. The result was a 13-0 record heading into the Warriors’ second meeting with Thousand Oaks. But the Lancers stopped Westlake in its tracks, posting a 17-8 victory that actually included a few minutes of running clock when T.O. stretched its lead to 17-5 early in the fourth quarter.
That loss, plus an SOS ranking of 12th among L.A. teams, bumped Westlake to the No. 5 seed. The Warriors undoubtedly will want to prove they belonged higher. With offensive talent like senior middie Jesse Cuccia (North Carolina), senior attack Conor O’Brien (Cornell) and junior attack Brett Reilly (Jacksonville), they have the weapons to score big. And senior LSM Christian Ahn (Salisbury), senior defender James Sullivan and sophomore goalie Matt Kilkeary anchor a physical defense.
Redondo Union has plenty of offensive weapons, as well, with junior attack Preston Faecher (Maryland), senior attack Josh Williamson (Marquette) and senior middie John Langford (LIU Post), but the Sea Hawks have struggled to beat good teams. Their six wins have come against El Segundo (twice), Santa Monica (twice), Culver City and Mira Costa. They also lost once to Mira Costa and lost their season opener at home to Westlake — 17-3.
Fourteen of Redondo’s 16 games were against playoff qualifiers — giving the Sea Hawks an SOS rank of 8th among L.A. teams — but the Hawks were 4-10 in those games.
The winner of this game advances to meet the winner of Chaminade-Harvard Westlake on Thursday.