This week’s coaches poll looks much like last week’s with the only difference being that Servite moved up to No. 11 and Santiago dropped to No. 12 as the final week of the season looms. There are only six days left in the regular season but that is plenty of time to shake up the playoff seedings.
Thus far Yorba Linda and Tesoro are the only teams toclinch an automatic bid. All five other league championships will be determined this week in games that will have big implications on the rankings.
- No. 9 Great Oak (4-0 league) v Vista Murrieta (3-1 league), Tuesday. Great Oak clinches the Southwest League with a win. A Vista Murrieta win sets up all kinds of possibilities, leaving Great Oak, Vista Murrieta, and Murrieta Mesa with one league loss.
- No. 4 Santa Margarita (4-0 league) v No. 11 Servite (3-1 league), Tuesday. Santa Margarita won the first match 11-6 and goes for a third consecutive Trinity League championship. Servite hopes to play the spoiler.
- No. 13 Newport Harbor (6-0 league) v No. 14 Los Alamitos(5-1 league), Wednesday. Newport Harbor came out on top 13-12 the first time the two teams met. If the Sailors win, they clinch the league championship and the AQ. If the Griffins win, it’s time to break out the tiebreaker rules.
- No. 10 Beckman (6-0 league) v Woodbridge (5-1 league), Wednesday. Assuming both teams win as expected on Monday, the Pacific Coast League championship will be determined by this game. Beckman won the first won 16-1, so the Warriors will have to win big if it comes down to a goal differential tiebreaker.
- No. 5 Trabuco Hills (6-0 league) v No. 7 San Clemente (5-1 league), Friday. If San Clemente gets past Aliso Niguel and Trabuco gets by Dana Hills on Tuesday, the South Coast League championship will be decided Friday night at San Clemente High School. The Mustangs outgunned the Tritons 15-14 two weeks ago. Look for another shootout.
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