Santa Monica Vikings headed to state club championship tourney

Santa Monica Vikings
Santa Monica has allowed an average of 3.9 goals per game in compiling its 12-2 record this season.

While the CIF-sanctioned high school season has been over for a few weeks now, the non-CIF club season is down to its final four, and the Santa Monica Vikings are in the mix.

Santa Monica Vikings
Santa Monica has allowed an average of 3.9 goals per game this season.

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Santa Monica (12-2) lost to Oceanside United 10-8 in the final of the Southern California championship, but both teams will represent the region in the state tournament in Santa Rosa this weekend. Oceanside (13-0) is the only team to beat Santa Monica this season.

In the state championships, which take place June 2-3 at Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Monica will face the South Valley Chiefs (17-0) from the San Jose area in the first semifinal at 2 p.m. Saturday, while Oceanside plays Petaluma (13-6) in the second semifinal at 4 p.m.

Sunday, the third-place game starts at 10:30 a.m. and the state championship game at 2:30 p.m.

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