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Cabrillo Soccer

PREVIEW: Cabrillo Boys’ Soccer Facing Arlington In First CIF Championship

The 2018-19 Cabrillo boys’ soccer team has made plenty of history already this season. The Jaguars (21-2-4) have posted their best overall record ever, reached their third quarterfinal in the last five seasons and won their first semifinal in program history.

Cabrillo will now face Arlington in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 final today at 1:30 p.m. at Warren High School. It is the first CIF championship game in Cabrillo High history.

“As long as we limit our mistakes, the only team that can hold us back is us,” Cabrillo 20-year coach Pat Noyes said.

READ MORE about how Noyes has built his program on the Westside.

Arlington (24-2) finished the season ranked No. 1 in Division 2 ahead of No. 2 Cabrillo. The Lions are staked with elite club talent from Riverside, and have two prolific goal scorers in seniors Ernesto Cervantes and Gustavo Aguilera. The seniors have combined for 36 of the 80 goals scored by Arlington this season. Senior goalkeeper Rafael has allowed 11 goals in 24 games played.

READ MORE about how Cabrillo captain Jonny Riquer feels about facing club players.

Arlington won the Ivy League this season by beating Riverside Poly— the team Cabrillo beat in the semifinals.

READ MORE about how Cabrillo senior Leo Corona overcame his own emotions to provide the game-changing assists in the semifinal.

READ MORE about the Cabrillo defense that calls itself “The Wall”

Come back to The562.org during the game for LIVE updates.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.