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The Times' Rankings

March 29, 2003|John Ortega

A final look at the top 10 boys' soccer teams in the Southland:

Bruins are ranked second in Student Sports magazine's latest national poll for the winter season after capping their first undefeated season with a 3-2 victory over Marina in the Southern Section Division I title game.

*--* 1. LONG BEACH WILSON (26-0-5, SS-DIV. I)

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*--* 2. CATHEDRAL CITY (28-2-1, SS-DIV. IV)

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Lions are fifth in national rankings after ending season with 22 consecutive victories, capped by a 3-1 victory over Anaheim in the Division IV title game.

*--* 3. MARINA (18-8-2, SS-DIV. I)

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Vikings are 10th in national rankings after surprising run in Division I playoffs, including a 1-0 victory over Santa Margarita in the semifinals.

*--* 4. SANTA MARGARITA (22-2-4, SS-DIV. I)

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Eagles were top-ranked team in the nation until their upset loss to Marina in playoffs.

*--* 5. WOODBRIDGE (17-1-5, SS-DIV. II)

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Warriors are ninth in national rankings after late goal by Amir Shafii gave them a 1-1 tie with St. Francis in Division II title game.

*--* 6. ST. FRANCIS (26-5-1, SS-DIV. II)

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Golden Knights suffered three losses in Mission League play but nearly upset Woodbridge in the Division II title game.

*--* 7. CHAPARRAL (24-5-1, SS-DIV. II)

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Pumas beat Santa Barbara in shootout in a Division II quarterfinal before losing to St. Francis, 2-1, in sudden death in the semifinals.

*--* 8. SANTA BARBARA (23-3-2, SS-DIV. II)

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Dons couldn't hold a 2-0 lead against Chaparral in Division II quarterfinals but averaged 3 1/2 goals a game this season.

*--* 9. SERVITE (14-5-11, SS-DIV. I)

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The third-place team in the powerful Serra League made a surprising run to Division I semifinals before a shootout loss to eventual champion Long Beach Wilson.

*--* 10. MATER DEI (19-3-6, SS-DIV. I)

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Monarchs won Serra League title ahead of Santa Margarita and Servite, but suffered a shootout loss to the latter in a Division I quarterfinal.

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