RIVERSIDE — This Costa Mesa High girls’ soccer team won the program’s sixth straight league championship and advanced to the playoffs for what Coach Dan Johnston believes is at least 10 straight seasons.
But after the Mustangs fell to host Riverside Poly, 2-1, in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs Wednesday at UC Riverside, Johnston said this team may have come farther than the other league champions to reach similar status.
“There were 11 new players on this team and the first few games, it was ugly,” Johnston said. “We looked like a recreation league team. But what has set this team apart is that this team kept learning from its mistakes. With [the players] doing that, we went from a team that wasn’t considered to win league to playing with anyone in the CIF playoffs. It was a group that was fun to coach and it was a wonderful season.”