Simi Valley High expected a cakewalk to the title Friday night in its 4-A Southern Section soccer championship match against unheralded Alta Loma. Instead, it got a pie in the face.
Unveiling a heady offensive performance and showing unexpected speed, Alta Loma pulled off the first upset of the two-day soccer finals at Gahr High's Hanford Rants Stadium with a 1-0 victory in the boys final.
Simi Valley was seeded No. 1 in the tournament and had scored four goals in each of its three previous playoff matches. And the Pioneers entered the game undefeated at 25-0-4. But Alta Loma played inspired soccer, apparently unaffected by Simi Valley's reputation.
Junior midfielder Tim Sowers stunned Simi Valley with the lone goal just 40 seconds into the second half.
"They scored one goal and made good on it," said Simi Valley Coach Andy Silva, as he cradled his runner-up plaque. "Their keeper kept them in the game all day. I can't deny that."