Channel Islands boys soccer team expects the unexpected

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The Pacific View League is one of the toughest boys soccer leagues in Southern California. One might think winning it would be good preparation for success in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. But Channel Islands High coach Rogelio Juarez isn’t so sure.

The PVL-champion Raiders host Lancaster — which defeated Anaheim-Magnolia 3-2 in penalty kicks in a wild-card game Tuesday after a 0-0 tie — at 3 p.m. today in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.

“You just never know what’s going to happen in the playoffs,” Juarez said. “You might think, ‘Oh, we have an easy bracket’ or you see games and then suddenly get eliminated in the first or second round. So you just never know what to expect, but I think the league is very competitive, and the way we ended up, the four of us going in, I think we’ll have a nice postseason run.”

Oxnard, the second-place PVL team, plays at Redlands East Valley today, while Pacifica visits Ontario and Camarillo plays at No. 1 seed Downey-Warren. Camarillo was a 3-0 winner over Irvine-University in a wild-card game Tuesday.

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