"Obviously we'd rather play at home, especially [rather than] deep in the home of Orange County soccer," said Tologs co-Coach Frank Pace, whose Tologs (18-1-1) will host Tesoro (15-2-6) today at 3 p.m. in the Division I quarterfinals. "To get a little edge like this is something we're excited about. Now we have to take advantage of that."
Tesoro, which took second in the Sea View League, shut out its first two playoff opponents, besting J. Serra, 1-0, in the first round before a 4-0 throttling of Newport Harbor on Tuesday.
Third-seeded Sacred Heart, which won the Mission League this season, ran roughshod over first-round foe Foothill, 5-1, before a thrilling 0-0 (4-3) victory at Aliso Niguel. The win came on the strength of a game-winning score via Tera Trujillo in penalty kicks and goalkeeper Lindsey Espe stopping three PKs.
"I'm not sure this year that we've had a team-defining win until [Tuesday]," said Pace, who also got PK goals from Alyssa Conti, Breeana Koemans and Lauren Torres. "We won so many of our games before halftime that [Tuesday] was a really great team-defining win. What you had was everyone that stepped on the field contributed.
"That's what was really special."
Tesoro is ranked third nationally by ESPN Rise, while Sacred Heart, which had been ranked that high in the past before a loss to Harvard-Westlake dropped it down, is ranked 14th in the poll.
"They're a very good team," Pace said. "They're ranked No. 3 in the nation by ESPN Rise. But I know another team that was ranked No. 3 in the nation and they lost. So I know it's doable."