XRDS — Crossroads’ remarkable run from being a wild card team in the CIF-Southern Section boys’ soccer playoffs to today’s appearance in the CIF Regional Division 3 title game has the makings of being historic.
“We are still rolling,” Head Coach Federico Bianchi said. “This will be the biggest game in Crossroads’ history.”
Today’s match up pits ‘Roads against McFarland, from the San Joaquin Valley. Bianchi said he doesn’t know much about his latest opponent, but said that the roll his Roadrunners have been on should be able to carry them.
“At this point, we have a feeling as a team,” he said. “No matter who we play against, we can beat them.”
The Roadrunners qualified for the regional championships, which blends the Central Valley and Southern sections, by advancing from being a humble wild card team in the CIF-SS Division 6 field to appearing in the title game where they lost to Desert Mirage.
Even with the loss, Crossroads qualified for the regional tourney. They have since rattled off a pair of wins in advancing to the finals.
In the first round the Roadrunners eliminated San Diego Park, 4-3, in penalty kicks. The second round brought on a formidable foe in Santa Barbara Cate, which entered the game ranked No. 15 in the nation and No. 7 in the state.
Crossroads was able to score early in holding on for a 4-3 victory, setting up today’s big game.
“Hopefully we bring our game,” Bianchi said. “We should be fine if we just worry about what we’re doing.”
The game takes place today at Downey Warren High School. It is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.