That meant Corona del Mar (19-7) slid up a spot to the No. 3 seed. The Sea Kings, who won their 12th straight Pacific Coast League title, open at 5 p.m. Wednesday against either Esperanza or Fountain Valley. The Aztecs and Barons meet today in a wild-card match.
Costa Mesa (15-13) and Estancia (10-16) also both play in wild-card matches today. The Mustangs, who finished second in the Orange Coast League after beating their cross-town rivals, are at home against Beckman at 3:15 p.m. Third-place Estancia plays at Canyon of Anaheim at 5 p.m.
Should Mesa win, it would play at Los Alamitos in Wednesday's first round. The Eagles, with a victory, would play at top-seeded Dos Pueblos of Goleta.
CdM may face a difficult test in the quarterfinals Friday. The Sea Kings would likely play Santa Barbara, a game Coach Sam Bailey said would be at home due to an already completed coin-flip. CdM lost at Santa Barbara, 7-3, on Dec. 4.
CdM has four girls who can lead the team in scoring in any given match. Pippa Saunders leads the way for the season with 61 goals, followed by fellow junior Diana Murphy with 54. Lefty Ally McCormick has 51 goals and fellow sophomore Cassidy Papa has 48. Junior goalie Alex Musselman has earned a reputation as one of the best goalies in the section.
Across the bay, so has Newport Harbor senior Sarah Wilkey. The UCLA-bound Wilkey (270 saves) was named the Most Outstanding Goalie at the Irvine Southern California Championships, where the Sailors finished third, even without McLaren.
"We've been playing really well going into the playoffs," said Stanford-bound senior defender Catherine Carpenter. Avoiding a major upset against Villa Park, Newport Harbor would also have a tough quarterfinal Friday against Laguna Beach. Senior Kailyn Obenauer has stepped up her play and become the team's second-leading scorer with 39 goals, and the Sailors also rely on the defense of senior Mary Rose Wight.
Coach Tim Postiff said Costa Mesa, in its first year in Division I, will have a big challenge today against Beckman.
Sophomore Kellie Thorsness (46 goals) and seniors Sydney Rosello (43) and Ashley DeMarzo (42) lead Mesa.
Fourth-year Coach Jennifer Broderick led Estancia to the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. Sophomore Ilene Umansky (82 goals) and senior captain Kylie Carpenter (68) lead the Eagles.