CIF Division I Playoffs ...

Senior Bernardo Waisbrod and his Islander teammates earned the No. 5 seed in the CIF Division I Playoffs. Their first playoff game was scheduled for Tuesday night against No. 12 seed Mission Hills. If form held and the No. 5 seeded Islanders prevailed, they advance to the Quarterfinals at Rancho Bernardo High, Friday night Feb. 21.

The Islander Boys Soccer Team (8-4-5 overall, 4-2-2 in the Eastern League concluded their regular season with a 2-1 road loss to San Diego, a 1-1 tie with Westview, and a hard-fought 3-2 road win at Crawford. Playing a very competitive non-conference schedule allowed the Islanders to claim the No. 5 seed in CIF Division I. They were scheduled to host the No. 12 seed from Mission Hills Tuesday evening at 5 p.m.

Islander Head Coach Aaron Brooks assessed his team’s regular season. “Honestly, our team had some good performances this season. On any given night we might play really well and on other nights we might be a little off. Our last win against Crawford was a very good one. It makes me optimistic for Tuesday. I think the No. 5 seed was fair and the draw works out fine. We just had some inconsistent performances. We beat some good teams and tied others that weren’t as good. But the goal is to get hot as you reach the playoffs. We played last Wednesday and got to rest Friday. We’re missing some players, but the Boys are ready to play.”

As for their opponent Tuesday evening from Mission Hills, Brooks said, “We’ve never played them. They are a newer school in North County, a big school with a lot of kids. So, this is our first time going against them and they also have a first-time coach, so it will be a fresh experience. Nathan Sanchez and Esteban Toscano have played well, and Rene Rodriguez has been playing well on the back line. Ryan Smith and Corey Bible have been playing well also. Jack Irvine will be our starter in goal Tuesday night.” Should form hold and the Islanders defeat Mission Hills, they will advance to the CIF Quarterfinals where they will travel to face No. 4 seed Rancho Bernardo Friday night.

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