It's a familiar scenario for San Pedro High girls soccer... win the Marine League, then encounter a team you faced earlier in the season to kickoff the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I playoffs.
The road to the 2013 championship is no different.
Head coach Gerhard Weber and the Pirates earned the fifth seed of the Division I playoffs and will once again tangle with a team they faced back on December 12... Birmingham of Lake Balboa. San Pedro will host the No.12 Patriots on Thursday, 3pm at the Pirate Stadium.
Birmingham made a furious rally to tie the Pirates, 3-3 in their nonleague encounter at the John M. & Muriel Olguin Campus, San Pedro High's second campus. However, the only difference back then was, San Pedro freshman goalie Taylor Miller never finished the game, she was pulled from the game for senior goalie Natalie Martin in the final 20 minutes of the game when the Pirates held a 3-1 advantage.
Senior forward Joanna Perone, freshman midfielder Ashley Lopez and senior midfielder Lauren Mayeda, San Pedro's top three goal scorers this season, all scored against the Patriots in that first meeting.
However, Birmingham must beware of freshman forward Gabriella Ma, sophomore midfielder Danielle Nunez and sophomore defender Kirsten Bauman, as they are also quite capable of providing a big game at any given time for the eight-time Marine League champion Pirates.
San Pedro (11-7-3 overall, 8-0-2 in league) is in a pretty tough bracket. Should the Pirates prevail against Birmingham, they could face fourth-seeded Palisades, the two-time Division I runner-up, in the quarterfinals. And should the Pirates win there, a semifinal showdown with top-seeded, four-time defending champion El Camino Real of Woodland Hills will await them.
The championship game is set for Saturday, March 2, 3pm at Miguel Contreras High School in Downtown Los Angeles.
Here is the full bracket.
CIF-LOS ANGELES CITY SECTION GIRLS SOCCER DIVISION I
Play-in games, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.
#17 Sun Valley Poly at #16 Sylmar
#20 Locke at #13 Chatsworth
#19 Los Angeles Marshall at #14 Fremont
#18 Monroe at #15 Taft
First round, Thursday, 3 p.m.
Sylmar/Poly at #1 El Camino Real
#9 South East at #8 Los Angeles Hamilton
#12 Birmingham at #5 SAN PEDRO
Chatsworth/Locke at #4 Palisades
Fremont/Marshall at #3 Granada Hills
#11 Narbonne at #6 South Gate
#10 Granada Hills Kennedy at #7 Cleveland
Taft/Monroe at #2 Bell
Quarterfinals: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 3pm; Semifinals: Thursday, Feb. 21, 3pm Championship: Saturday, March 2, 3 pm at Contreras.