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Boys soccer loses in first round CIF match

Claremont High School Boys soccer just could not hold back California High School in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Championship on Friday losing to the Condors 2-0.

The two teams were scoreless in the first half but California came out strong in the second dominating the offense and eventually capitalizing on several opportunities.

The Condor’s first big opportunity came early in the second half when a loose ball landed in front of the Pack’s unprotected net and Jose Luis Mariscal booted it hard directly at the goal post. A second attempt flew over the net.

A few minutes later they would get another chance as Claremont goalkeeper Rylan Optkiewicz blocked a shot but Francisco Ruiz was there and got a clean shot into the right of the Pack’s ne for the first goal of the game.

With just 8:40 left on the clock California Enrique Casillas sealed Claremont’s fate with a nicely planted long shot from the right for the Condors’ second goal.

Claremont ends the season with a 15-9-2 record, 6-3-1 in the Palomares League which earned the Pack second place league finish.