Girls soccer will open their CIF-SS Division 3 bracket when they travel to Arcadia on Thursday for a 3:30 kickoff.
The Apaches (19-3-1, 14-0) have won 12 games in a row behind a high-octane offense that has outscored league opponents 90-6, but only outscored non-league opponents 15-10.
Both teams played in the Best in the West Tournament and the NOCC so they have several common opponents. Mayfair lost to Crescenta Valley, the second-place team from the Pacific League, but has wins over Riverside Poly, Glendora, and Downey. Arcadia went 0-2-1 against those teams.
Senior Eden Hardy, an Oregon-commit, has been a nightmare for defenses all season, scoring 25 goals and recording 10 assists. Senior Hannah Mushisky was not far behind with 19 goals of her own. Seven other Apaches have scored at least five goals, including Harvard-commit Cammie Dopke, who scored seven goals as a defender.
Mayfair will look to their defense to slow down the Apaches. Kaitlyn Haibel and Tatiana Daugherty have been a solid last line of defense for goalkeepers Jade Bernardo and Annie Mason.
The Monsoons will also need to get keep their offense rolling. After struggling to find the back of the net in the middle portion of the league slate, Lauren Vazquez scored four goals in the Monsoon’s last two games in which they outscored Glenn and Bellflower 11-2. Long Beach State commit, Nadiyah Siqueiros, is always dangerous for the Monsoons while Haley Davis, Brooke Tafoya, and Cindy Ramirez have proven to be threats as well.
Things don’t get any easier for the winner as they will likely face second-seeded South Torrance in the second round next Tuesday. South Torrance plays Atascadero, the winner of Tuesday’s wildcard game over Dos Pueblos, in first round action on Thursday as well.