It’s been a strong start for San Gorgonio High’s girls soccer team, ranked sixth in an early season CIF Division 5 poll. A 5-1 win over top-ranked San Jacinto at the Norte Vista Tournament last month left the Lady Spartans likely to climb in that poll.

It was San G’s fifth straight win heading into a match against Perris Orange Vista, winning 4-1. In fact, the true story of the Lady Spartans’ 9-0-1 start has been their defense. They’ve surrendered just five goals in 10 matches.

The lone blemish was a 2-2 draw against Colton, a side that carried a subpar 2-3-2 record.

Shutout wins over Rim of the World and Arroyo Valley, a pair of San Andreas League (SAL) matches, preceded a 2-0 win over Riverside Ramona.

Heading into next week’s play, first-year coach Anthony Elwart hasn’t seen his side taste defeat.

The Lady Spartans did, in fact, rise to No. 4 in the Division 5 poll, chasing the likes of Whittier California, Anaheim Katella and Temple City, the top three teams.

PREP FOOTBALL

Brigham Young University (BYU), which lost the Hula Bowl in a 38-34 shootout against Hawaii, landed speedy Aquinas High School receiver Terence Fall in last month’s college football early signing period.

Defensive lineman Sione Lolohea, meanwhile, committed to Oregon State of the Pacific 12 Conference.

BYU’s loss concluded a season in which the Cougars finished 7-6 overall.

Oregon State, meanwhile, dropped its season finale to a dominant Oregon squad, 24-10, capping a 5-7 season in Pacific 12 Conference play. Jonathan Smith is the Beavers’ head coach.

As for Fall and Lolohea, both are coming off brilliant senior seasons in which they contributed to the Falcons’ CIF-Southern Section Division 6 championship.

Lolohea was Ambassador League Defensive Player of the Year, lauded mostly for his play at defensive end/linebacker.

Fall was the Falcons’ top receiving threat in a mostly run-oriented attack that led them into the State Division 2-AA championship game, ultimately finishing 13-3 overall.

The two players committed in a ceremony at Aquinas on Dec. 18.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Newcomer of the Year honors went to Louisiana State University-Alexandria striker Karen Jacobs, a former All-State player from San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC).

Jacobs, who was SBVC’s top scoring threat in the team’s 2018 season that landed the Lady Wolverines in the final four teams, scoring 18 goals and coming up with 13 assists.

She racked up plenty of honors in 2019 in a Lady Generals’ jersey.

Jacobs won a spot on the All-Louisiana first team, all-conference second team and was an All-Tournament selection from the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) tournament.

She scored 10 goals and assisted on 11 others, the Lady Generals finishing 12-5-1 this past season.

Two other ex-SBVC players won honors as well.

Jordyn DeJongh, who played at Citrus Valley before landing at SBVC, was a first-team all-RRAC pick. Honorable mention honors went to Morgan Simmang.

GIRLS PREP WATER POLO

More than a dozen teams descended on San Gorgonio High School last weekend ⎯ in fact, to a few San Bernardino pools ⎯ for the Lady Spartans’ annual tournament.

The resulting action provided a showdown between San Dimas and Elsinore, a 5-4 triumph for San Dimas in what was regarded as a “fantastic” championship match, according to San G Athletic Director Matt Maeda.

Third place went to Jurupa Valley, a 7-6 winner over Rancho Cucamonga.

Cajon’s 8-3 win over Beaumont was good for fifth place.

Simi Valley Royal, ranked 10th in CIF Division 3, showed up to capture the consolation bracket in an 11-5 win over Redlands.

Fontana dropped a heartbreaker to Redlands on the opening day, but went on to win the wild card bracket in a 12-1 win over Redlands East Valley.

San G, the tournament host, lost consolation games to Royal and Riverside Norte Vista.

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