1.27.16: Eagles go 1-1-1 vs. Royal. FS tied 0-0, JV lost a heartbreaker in the last few minutes 0-1, and the Varsity stun the #2 ranked team in D4.
In what has been a frustrating year for the Varsity team, last night showed they have what it takes to climb back up the rankings and into the playoffs.
Last night showed that the Senior class is not done.
Last night showed that the team is not done.
Last night, it was senior leadership from the pregame talk to their play on the field, that lead the Eagles to a 2-1 come from behind victory.
If you were there and watched the game then you know that each and every Eagle, played their you know what off, as they defended their house, against an opponent that has designs on winning the CCL and the CIF title. Royal is without question one of the top teams in D4. Before last night they had only lost twice in their previous 20 games. The Eagles played their best game of the year, against a team that the VC Star ranks as the #4 team in all the county, regardless of division.
Last night the Eagles stood tall, and served notice that they are far from done.
GREAT JOB EAGLES!
1.15.16: Eagles and Musketeers get after it.
Eagles Soccer…give me your tired, your sick as a dog, your injured, your called up JV players and make the number 13 field players and 2 goalies, and then let’s go over and take on the #1 team in all of CIF D4, the Moorpark Musketeers, and lets make sure they remember the night we came calling.
Well, that is exactly what happened tonight.
The Eagles, all 15 of them, took the field against 28 Musketeers tonight, and played a truly inspired game.
Yes the Eagles lost 3-4, and yes they are 0-3 in league play, but tonight, their season and their fortunes changed.
Tonight, they stepped up and said, Do not forget about us, we were a qtr finalist last year, we have won 58 games over the last 3.5 years, we are a team you have to go through, not around, to get to the playoffs.
Tonight, the Eagles served notice to all of the CCL, that they will be a team that will play every minute, every second, every touch, and enjoy every moment for each other.
Tonight they were the better team.
Tonight they left everything, every ounce of energy, every hacked up lung, every fiber of their exhausted bodies, every twisted ankle, and every knock to the head, on the field.
I have been here for 4 years, and witnessed some incredible moments, our 34 game unbeaten streak, dethroning Oaks for the Tri Valley League Title, back to back Grace Brethren Tournament Championships, a run to the CIF Qtr finals, but what I saw tonight was a herculean effort. It was a special night for a team looking to turn around their season. It was a game that all of us will remember.
Ladies, there is so much more you get to accomplish this season. STAND TALL EAGLES AND STAND AS ONE.
1.13.16: Eagles have tough night against the Scorpions, going 1-2.
The Eagles JV won their game coming back in dramatic fashion to win 2-1. Great Job ladies.
The Varsity lost 1-3, and are now 0-2 in league play, and their chances for a CIF playoff berth just became an uphill climb. They will have to regroup and try to figure out how to stop the top ranked Moorpark team, that has won the last 3 meetings by outscoring the Eagles a total of 1-11, with the last game on 12.12.15 resulting in 0-4 win over the Eagles.
1.8.16: The Eagles had a rough week as the teams posted an overall record of 3-2-3(w-l-t), against D4 Malibu, D2 Agoura and D4 Royal.
The Varsity, was held scoreless in back to back games for the first time in 5 years, and couple that with the 0-3 loss to host Royal on Friday night, and it was a tough way to start league play.
The Eagles look to rebound against CCL opponent, Camarillo Wednesday night at home. The Scorpions lost their league opener to Simi 1-3. And while it is only the 2nd league game, both teams know that an 0-2 start will be very tough to overcome to get into the CIF playoffs. Adding to the difficulty, is the fact the CCL is only a 5 team league, that produces a short 8 game league schedule, which in turn only guarantees 3 playoff spots for the CCL.
Last year there were no play-in / wild card games in D4.
1.4.16: Eagles sweep both games vs Sharks with big wins. V 4-0, JV 5-0.
Eagles take flight over Sharks, Daily News
Daily News: posts video and talks Eagles Soccer with the Captains
12.16.15: Eagles bring out the brooms and complete a sweep of the Calabasas Coyotes. F/S 3-1, JV 3-0, and V 5-2.
Once again the Varsity shot out of the starting gate with their hair on fire, hanging 3 goals on the visitors within 20 minutes, and the rout was on...or was it? 8 minutes later the score was 3-2 and the momentum and energy had shifted to the Coyotes. A turnover here, an errant pass there, a jersey tug here, and a little ball watching there and what was once a blowout in the making, was now a war....or was it? The Eagles half time speech must have hit home as they tallied 2 more goals while the defense shut down the Coyotes in the 2nd half, and the rout that was, then wasn't, was once again a was. WHEW.
The game tested the Eagles resolve to bounce back from a few miscues, that have been plaguing the Eagles all season, and they showed they can rise up and put away an opponent. Great win Ladies, but speaking on behalf of the fans...a little less play as the cardiac kids, please .
Enjoy your break and let's ramp up our effort, commitment, and desire as we head into league play next year.
12.14.15: The Eagles go 1-0-2 vs Ventura Cougars. F/S wins 1/0, JV tied 0/0 and Varsity tied 2/2.
The V jumped all over the visiting Cougars in the 1st half. Scoring 2 goals and created several other chances that just went wide or high. It looked like it would be the Eagles night in a possible run away. HOWEVER, the half time speech by the Ventura coach must have been really good. The Cougars came out and looked like a completely different side. They just took over the game. They were more aggressive as they pressured the Eagles up and down the pitch, they contested every ball which caused numerous turnovers, and in the end they won the possession game and the half. They scored a pair of goals to tie it up and created 2 more break a ways off of turnovers that almost cost the Eagles the game. The Eagles came out with a 2-2 tie, but they will need to fix their 2nd half woes as they have now allowed 11 out of their opponents 18 goals to happen in the 2nd half.
Keep working hard Eagles, as every game is a building block to league play.
12.12.15: Oak Park - 1 vs Sierra Canyon - 2
The Eagles played better in game 2 today. It was an entertaining affair that saw the teams show off their talent on both ends of the pitch. Each team created several scoring chances in the 2nd half, however with under a minute to play, a late turnover turned into a counter attack which lead to the go ahead goal and the Eagles lost 1-2 to Sierra Canyon. However there was a questionable NO CALL about 2 minutes into the game, as the Eagles were awarded a free kick and during the play the Eagles forward was clearly taken down in the box, but the referee gave a play on call vs the required PK. (Click here to See it for yourself)
The Eagles ended the Winter Classic with a 2-2-0 record. While the results were not ideal, the young Eagles continue to grow and find their way. They have 2 games next week then they are off for a well deserved break and time away from the pitch.
Keep Working Hard Eagles!
12.12.15: Oak Park - 0 vs Moorpark - 4
Eagles chances for a 3-peat in the Winter Classic are crushed by Moorpark in a one sided 0-4 defeat. The Eagles suffered their 2nd 4 goal defeat of the year, and this one hurts a bit more because it was dealt by a league rival in Moorpark. The Eagles had several chances to narrow the score but our shots were turned away by the Moorpark goalie or they just missed. On the other side, Moorpark had numerous counter attacks and break a ways that resulted in 4 goals. The Eagles look to rebound in their afternoon game, but rest assured this loss will seat with them a long while, probably all the way until these 2 teams meet next in CCL play on 1.15.16 @ Moorpark.
12.11.15: The Varsity played the Braves from Lompoc HS, with the Eagles running away with the victory, 7-0. Recording their 3rd clean sheet of the season. This win puts them 2-0 in their Winter Classic Bracket, and they get to face a league foe tomorrow in their Semi-Final game at 8am, as Moorpark and Sierra Canyon tied 1-1 with Sierra Canyon holding the tie breaker.
Semi 1: Oak Park vs Moorpark
Semi 2: Sierra Canyon vs Grace Brethren
Each of these matchups will produce a very high quality game, last season
- OP was a D4 Qtr-Finalist
- Moorpark was a D4 Finalist
- Sierra Canyon was the D5 Champions
- Grace Brethren was the D7 Champions.
Good luck to the Eagles as their bid for a 3-peat continues Saturday morning at 8am.
12.9.15: 1 word...DOMINATE.
Your Eagles took on the tournament hosts, the#1 team in D7, last years CIF D7 champions and regional runner up in state, and this years #9 ranked team by the Daily news and they just took care of business.
EAGLES - 2
Grace Brethren - 0
From the opening whistle the Eagles were faster, stronger, and more determined. The Eagles have started slow their last few games, allowing opponents to control possession and the pace of play, but not today.
Today the Eagles imposed their style of play and will on the Lancers from start to finish on posting the clean sheet and a 2-0 final. This is the 5th time the two sides have met, and this is the 5th victory over the Lancers, including 3 shut outs, and the Eagles have outscored them 23-2.
The Eagles defense was fast and skillful as they not only posted a clean sheet but they didn't allow a quality shot on goal the entire game. While the offense of the Eagles piled up the shots out shooting the Lancers by a wide margin. The midfield of the Eagles contested every ball, tackled with courage and used skill to move the ball over, around and past the Lancer Defense for the 2-0 victory.
This win allows the Eagles to control their destiny in their bracket as we look to 3-Peat as tournament champions.
Great Work Ladies...WELL DONE!
12.7.15: The Varsity traveled back down to the West Side one last time to play their 4th game of the Westside Showcase. The Eagles played 3 D1 and 1 D3 school and game out with a record of 1-1-2. The loss was the only game the Eagles didn't have the lead in. Late goals by Chaminade and Flintridge Prep keep the Eagles from winning 3 out of 4.
The Eagles were showing the effects of playing 4 games in 4 days against very talented upper division schools. Today against Flintridge Prep (#9 D3) saw the Eagles down 1 goalie, and playing 3 nicked up offensive players.
The Eagles were outplayed early, and once again the Defense keep the game close as most of half was played on the Eagles side of the pitch. The half wasn't without a bit of controversy, as our goalie made a diving save and stopped the ball as it was on the goal line about to roll in, but the opposing players and parents saw it differently and were calling for a goal to be awarded. But the no goal call stood and the half ended at 0/0. The 2nd half was a far more entertaining half as both sides ramped up the offensive pressure. The Eagles scored first on a great follow up header from a cross on the right side. 1/0 Eagles. The Rebels, fought hard and with about 10 minutes left, were able to sneak one by on the near post, making it 1/1. Both teams had chances during the last 8 minutes but couldn't convert. As time was about to expire, the Rebels had a counter attack and a strong play by an Eagles defender ended the threat, but according to their players, coach and parents there should have been a PK awarded. The Eagles survived with a good no call, and the game ended in a draw.
12.4.15: FS (2-0-0) wins 2-0 over Burroughs in their opening game of the Buena Tournament. Varsity (1-0-1) battles to a 1-1 draw vs. Chaminade.
The Varsity continues to play up in weight class taking on D1 opponent, Chaminade. While it wasn't the Hatfield vs. McCoys, it was Eagles vs Eagles, Real vs. Real and Voss vs. Voss. It is common that HS teams from within the same area will have friends, and players from the same club, go head to head, but it must be a rare day, when you have sisters play each other. And to add a just a little bit of spice , they play the same position and had to do battle all match long. Their parents sat directly at midfield, on the fence if you will, trying to keep the family peace.
It was an impressive game for both teams in this young season. Each team has only played 1 other game and it was against a common opponent in Canyon HS. The field was short and narrow and with such tight quarters, the play was bound to be physical and fast. The teams didn't disappoint. Each gave as good as they got and refused to be pushed around. The 1st half ended in a 0-0 draw but the action was far better than that. Both teams hit hard and often, and showed off their skills up and down the field. The play of the half and the game, was a point blank save on a rocket from 3 yards out by the OP goalie. (Click here to watch).
The 2nd half action was equally as good as neither team gave ground and the speed of play went up a notch. It was the Eagles. I mean OP, that scored 1st about 10 minutes into the half. It was a beautiful pass and 1 touch finish. It was a Freshman to Senior moment. OP, had several chances to go up by 2 but the Chaminade defense and goalie stood their ground and turned away every shot. In the end, and to keep the family, friend, and club peace, it seemed almost inevitable that Chaminade would score, which they did and with that a 1-1 draw.
Great Effort Eagles!
12.1.15: Eagles bring out the brooms and complete a clean sweep of the Canyon Cowboys on opening night. (V) won 2-1. JV won 1-0 and FS won 1-0.
In an odd twist, the Varsity played before the JV game. Good thing both teams arrived early enough to get warmed up and play the game. The Eagles 1st half was solid, but they were pushed around by the midfield of Canyon HS. Even tough the physical play wasn't going the Eagles way, they did produce several scoring chances but just could not convert. At about the 3o minute mark, the Cowboys had a counter attack and they caught the Eagles short handed in the back and boom, bang, bing...it was 0/1 Cowboys , and let me tell you, their fans made sure everyone knew they were winning. BTW, great crowd tonight for the home team. The 15 Eagles parents were outnumbered by about 20-1. The 1st half came to an end and the Eagles were down but far from out. This trait is now part of the Eagles DNA, no matter what the score, they never quit, they never give in and they never give up.
The 2nd half saw a more disciplined and physical Eagles team. The back line brought the heat and tenacity one would expect from a veteran group. Numerous Cowboys enjoyed feeling their new turf field up close and personal. Throughout the 2nd half the Eagles controlled not only the pace of play, but showed they were clearly the better side. Numerous chances lead to two 2nd half goals. The 1st goal was a perfectly placed FK from the right side that was headed in to make it 1-1 and a short time later it was a heads up play from an Eagle, who saw that the goalie was off her line, and from about 30 out, launched a beautiful shot that arched over the goalies head and into the back of the net. 2-1 Eagles. While there was some injury time, this reporter is not so sure it was 6.5 minutes worth. But in the end the Eagles came out on top, defeating a very good D2 school on opening night. Winning is always nice, but a come from behind road victory always makes the long bus ride home that much more enjoyable.
Great Job Eagles!
The most dangerous word in the athlete dictionary. Second cousin to Would've, Could've and Should've.
A gateway to NO, NAH, and We'll get'em next year.
If 'NO' is a killer, 'MAYBE' is a silent Assassin.
Leaving the door open just wide enough, to skip the extra touches that could put the team over the top.
The difference between airplane celebrations, and early flights home.
The Toughest Teams aren't made with 'MAYBES.'
They're made with athletes who run through walls for one another.
Sisters in SWEAT.
Who check their doubts at the locker room door.
NO QUESTIONS, NO COMPROMISES.
12.2.15: The Varsity team gets together to watch game film
of their 2-1 victory over Canyon!
Congrats to Jordyn Bradbury, Julia Gilliam and Hannah Adler.
The D4 squad hammered the D3 squad, 5-0.
11.16.15: How strong is the Coastal Canyon League? Last year 3 teams from the CCL made it to the quarter-finals, of the CIF D4 playoffs, and this year looks to be no different. The CCL has 3 teams ranked in the preseason top 10 poll:
Eagles #7, Royal #5 and Moorpark #2.
Grab ahold of your seats everyone, it is going to be an exciting season for the Eagles!
1.27.16: OAK PARK 2, ROYAL 1 At Oak Park
Oak Park: Jordyn Bradbury scored both goals on assists from Carolyn Quandt and Kiley Voss. Courtney Ahdoot recorded a few quintessential saves behind stellar defense from Julia Gilliam, Liliana Fendler and Rachel Julius. Record: Oak Park 8-7-4, 1-4 Coastal Canyon League.
1.4.16: OAK PARK 4, MALIBU 0, At Oak Park
Oak Park: Hannah Adler scored two goals. Carolyn Quandt and Jordyn Bradbury each scored one. Kyra Ratuisnik had two assists and Kiley Voss had one. Strong defense was turned in by Bailey Ucker, Jillian Keefer, Rachel Julius, Julia Gilliam and Paige Harrington. Goalie Lauren Bernstein earned the shutout. Record: Oak Park 6-3-3.
12.1.15: OAK PARK 7, LOMPOC 0 at Oak Park HS for the Grace Brethren Tournament
Oak Park: Jordyn Bradbury scored three goals and Hannah Adler had two. Liliana Fendler and Carolyn Quandt had goals. Record: Oak Park 4-1-2.
12.9.15: OAK PARK 2, GRACE BRETHREN 0 @ Santa Susana Fields
At Grace Brethren Tournament.
Oak Park: Jordyn Bradbury scored two goals off assists from Hannah Adler and Caroline Quandt. Julia Gilliam, Paige Harrington, Liliana Fendler and Jillian Keefer, along with goalies Coco Lozito and Lauren Bernstein, preserved the shutout.
12.1.15: OAK PARK 2, CANYON 1 @ Canyon HS
Oak Park: Jordyn Bradbury scored off an assist from Kyra Ratusnik. Emily Ruble scored the second goal. Julia Gilliam, Jillian Keefer, Liliana Fendler and Paige Harrington led the defense. Record: Oak Park 1-0.
2016 Team Records:
Varsity: 8-9-5 / JV: 10-3-4 / F/S: 7-0-3
2.10.16 CCL Final Standings
2.5.16: Class of 2016 Senior Night Message
2.4.16: Acorn Newspaper: Spread their wings. Adler, Bradbury and Gilliam of Oak Park girls’ soccer team will continue playing in college. Click here for the full story.
2.1.16: Max Preps has the Eagles with the hardest SOS.
2.1.16: Even though the Eagles are not back in the TOP Ten (YET) their victory over Royal had an impact on the latest poll.
1.25.16: Eagles fall out of the CIF Divisional Top 10 for the first time in 3 years.
1.19.16: Eagles rough week drops them down to #10 in D4 Poll
1.11.16:Eagles go 1-1-1 for the week, including a 0-3 loss to league foe Royal, but move up in D4Poll
CCL Teams: Moorpark #1, Royal #2, Eagles #4
1.11.16: Daily News Top 10. Eagles SOS (strength of schedule) is very apparent.
1.9.16: VC Star talks girls soccer and highlights the CCL
1.4.16: Eagles take flight over Sharks, Daily News
1.4.16: Daily News: posts video and talks Eagles Soccer with the Captains
12.14.15: OPHS Talon talks girls soccer
12.14.15 Eagles Rewarded for tough schedule as they move up to #5
The Coastal Canyon League (CCL) is clearly the top league in D4, as there are 3 teams ranked in the Top 5: Eagles #5, Royal #2 and Moorpark #1.
12.9.15: Daily News write up on Eagles vs Lancers
12.7.15: Eagles move up to #6 in latest coaches D4 Poll
11.16.15: Eagles open season ranked #7 in CIF Preseason Poll
2.3.16: Eagles win 1 lose 2 vs Moorpark. F/S and V both lose tough games and JV wins 3-1.
The Varsity have always needed little help to get into the playoff hunt after starting out 0-4, and tonight was no different. A win vs highly ranked D4 and CCL opponent Moorpark would have helped however it wasn't necessary, as long as Royal beat Simi tonight. Thus the help we need. Well, the Eagles played a hard fought game and had a couple early chances but couldn't put the ball into the back of the net and against a powerhouse like Moorpark, you need to jump on them early to force them to adjust their game plan.
Moorpark scored to go up 0-1 and never trailed. The Eagles battled as hard they could to even the score but Moorpark turned away all of their efforts and then they tacked on a 2nd goal and the 0-2 lead was enough to secure the victory.
Now back to the Eagles needing Royal to beat Simi. The story goes that Royal was up 2-1 in the 2nd half, then we didn't hear anything for a long time, and all of sudden word comes through that it is 3-3 and heading to OT. A win or tie by Simi would crush any hopes the Eagles had to make playoffs. Again the 411 wasn't flowing and the Eagles were wondering if they still had a chance. And then the texts came in and Royal provided the help they Eagles needed, as they scored with 6 minutes left in the 2nd OT to win 4-3 and as they say...
Hope Springs Eternal.
The Eagles still need a bit of help. Simi plays Moorpark and provided Simi doesn't pull out a tie or win, the last game of the year between the Pioneers and the Eagles will decide it all.
With some new information I have updated our path to playoffs and it is very simple:
THE PATH: With the Eagles losing to Moorpark, they need Simi to lose their league game vs Moorpark, before they meet the Eagles in the league finale. The Eagles will have to defeat Simi which will give them the same league record at 3-5. And using the CCL tie breaker rules the Eagles should earn the #3 seed from CCL based on a point scale of wins and loses vs the rest of the CCL. Think big points for beating Royal.
NOTE #1: We have confirmation there are NO wild card / play in games.
1.29.16: Eagles go 1-2-0 vs Camarillo. F/S and JV both lose close games and the Varsity continues to fight off elimination with a 2-1 victory.
The Eagles have a renewed sense of pride and purpose. They have regained a bit of swagger and belief. At 0-4 the prospects of a CIF playoff bid looked like a long shot. But one thing this team has proven time and again over the better part of 4 years, is they will not go quietly. They have now avenged 2 earlier league defeats. Beating the #2 D4 team, Royal 2-1, and last night defeating Camarillo by the same score.
The Eagles jumped all over the host team scoring early to go up 1-0 and just missing several other chances to put the game away in the first half. At the end of 40 minutes it was all Eagles at 2-0. HOWEVER, the Eagles came out flat and the Scorpions came out strong and the Eagles were on their heels for the better part of the 2nd half. And all it took was 1 poor sequence and the Scorpions stung the Eagles cutting the lead down to 2-1. The short handed, tired and beat up Eagles showed some grit and with some strong senior leadership held on for the last 25 minutes to earn the victory in what was a MUST WIN GAME.
While their league record of 2-4 doesn't look pretty the Eagles are in position to earn 1 of 3 guaranteed playoffs spots for the CCL. Yes they need a bit of help. Simi is 3-2, but they still have to play Royal and Moorpark next week who are battling it out for the CCL title. Provided Simi doesn't surprise either team with a tie or a win, it sets up a final game battle with the Eagles for the last CCL playoff spot at Simi HS on 2/10/16.
So how do the Eagles get to the playoffs, let me try and map it out.
Path 1) We win out and Simi loses their last 3 league games. That gives the Eagles a 4-4 league record and a 3rd place CCL finish, while Simi at 3-5 finishes 4th.
Path 2) Both the Eagles and Simi lose their remaining league games before they meet in the league finale. The Eagles will have to defeat Simi which will give them the same league record at 3-5. And using the CCL tie breaker rules (shown below) the Eagles should earn the #3 seed from CCL based on a point scale of wins and loses vs the rest of the CCL. Think big points for beating Royal.
Path 3) Eagles defeat Moorpark but lose to Simi. Eagles are 3-5 and finish in 4th and Simi at 4-4 finishes 3rd( provided Simi loses to Royal and Moorpark) But based on our SOS and the fact we will have defeated the #1 and #2 teams in D4 we could apply for and possible get an at large / wild card play in game.
Path 4) Simi takes 1 point off Royal or Moorpark with a tie they are now 3-4-1, the Eagles will have to win out to get to 4-4-0, in order to claim 3rd place out right. If Simi defeats Royal or Moorpark and get a 4th league win, then the Eagles MUST win out to force a 3rd place tie at 4-4-0,. If this happens, a whole new set of tie breaker rules comes into play as each of us would have defeated a top team in the CCL. (This is not the best path for the Eagles)
NOTE #1: last year there were no wild card games in D4.
NOTE #2: If any of the above scenarios are incorrect, please notify me ASAP, as my brain hurts from all of this.
GREAT WIN EAGLES!
Summary of the Coastal Canyon BY LAWS and CIF Playoff Information
Oak Park Eagles Soccer is very proud to announce that 4 of our girls have
already accepted and signed their offer letters to play college soccer.
We are excited to watch you play at the next level.
Julia Gilliam - Indiana University
Hannah Adler - Denver University
Jordyn Bradbury - Chapman University
Sarah Howard - Lewis & Clark University
OPHS Talon Story (click here)
11.23.15: Eagles impressive in scrimmage vs. Newbury Park. High energy, physical play, and speed describe the new look Eagles as they took the field for the 1st time as a team tonight with 9 new Varsity players. Everyone played hard, and for large portions of the game the Eagles were dominate. Team work on both sides of the ball was on display as the defense was stout and the offensive was creative and fast. It was a battle vs. the Panthers, and by all accounts the Eagles will be a tough out all season long.
12.10.15: The Eagles F/S team reminds us what this time of year is all about...kindness and giving to others. As they were preparing to do their holiday gift exchange, they set a spending limit, and then as a team decided to reduce that amount down for each other, and use those extra funds to buy toys for those children that are not as fortunate. As a team, they gathered up the toys, walked over to our local fire station,#36, here in Oak Park and filled up the donation box.
Great job ladies, you did all of us proud.
12.28.15: Varsity players share breakfast during the holiday break.