Simi Valley High must have forgotten what it was like to lose before the Southern Section Division I girls' soccer semifinals Tuesday. By the time the game was over, the Pioneers remembered all too well.
Unseeded Simi Valley was dominated throughout a 1-0 loss to third-seeded Mission Viejo at Simi Valley, the Pioneers' first loss in eight weeks.
"We lost to a better team," Simi Valley Coach Mark Johnson said. "They did to us what we did [in a quarterfinal victory against] Peninsula. They took us apart little by little."
Simi Valley (25-6-1) won the Marmonte League and upset second-seeded Peninsula last week. But the Pioneers couldn't keep up with the Diablos (23-4), who held a 14-6 advantage in shots and controlled the midfield.