Coming off their most successful seasons in recent memory, the Monsoon boys soccer team will look to continue their unprecedented season in the CIF-SS Division 5 playoffs. They will kick things off on Thursday afternoon when they host Santa Monica at 3 pm.
The Vikings (8-8-3, 4-4-2) have had an up and down season in which they finished third in the Ocean League. They hold a .500 record but been outscored 32-25 by opponents throughout the season. Their best win of the season was a 3-2 double overtime victory Ocean League Champion Culver City. Culver City is headed to the Division 4 bracket as the 6th ranked team.
The eighth-seeded Monsoons (12-7-2, 8-4) took advantage of a strong returning core to win their first league championship since 1988. They have only allowed more than two goals in a game once this season and have outscored opponents 38-19, including an impressive 21-8 mark in league play.
Omar Navarro and Nelson Avalos, who split time at goalkeeper, have anchored the Monsoon defense with Kevin Fremgen and Jimmy Flores putting in some big minutes as defenders.
One of the most impactful players has been senior midfielder Esteban Camacho. On top of being the offensive playmaker with his scoring, passing, and footwork, Camacho has been just as good dropping back on defense and has given the Monsoons an edge over most teams in the midfield.
Junior midfielder Carlos Perez has come on strong as of late while Angel Villalobos, Luis Atilano, and Christian Lemus are dangerous players up top as well.
At stake is a spot in next Wednesday’s second round match against the winner of the Chino-South El Monte first round game. Chino is ranked just behind the Monsoons at 9th in the latest polls.