Eighteen CIF Southern Section boys' soccer teams will be in Huntington Beach next week to compete at the 26th annual Marina Holiday Classic.
Host Marina, Huntington Beach, Ocean View and Fountain Valley, are the local schools entered in the tournament. Opening pool-play games begin at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 27. The 18 teams will be divided into five pools of three teams each.
Marina entered the week 6-1-1 overall and finished in second place Dec. 13 at the Aliso Cup. Senior Dakoda Muta leads the Vikings in scoring with seven goals. Junior Christian Cordell is next with three goals and also has two assists in eight games.
Marina defeated Sunset League rival Fountain Valley in last year's final of the Holiday Classic.
"We are very excited to host the classic," Marina Coach Jeff Schofield said. "We have a lot of returning teams and as always, the Sunset League is very well represented with five teams. Also returning are Ocean View, which went to the CIF quarterfinals last year, Westminster, and Fullerton. There are some strong new teams including Redondo, Colton and Garey from out of Orange County."
Pool A: Fountain Valley, Dominguez, Mayfair.
Pool B: Los Alamitos, Fullerton, Tustin.
Pool C: St. John Bosco, Long Beach Jordan, Newport Harbor.
Pool D: Huntington Beach, Ocean View, Lakewood.
Pool E: Westminster, Colton, Aliso Niguel.
Pool F: Marina, Redondo Union, Garey.
Dec. 27 schedule
(all games at Marina High)
7:30 a.m.: Fountain Valley vs. Dominguez (Field 1); Los Alamitos vs. Fullerton (Field 2); St. John Bosco vs. Long Beach Jordan (Field 3).
9 a.m.: Westminster vs. Colton (Field 1); Marina vs. Redondo Union (Field 2); Huntington Beach vs. Ocean View (Field 3).
10:30 a.m.: Fullerton vs. Tustin (Field 1); Long Beach Jordan vs. Newport Harbor (Field 2); Dominguez vs. Mayfair (Field 3).
Noon: Redondo Union vs. Garey (Field 1); Ocean View vs. Lakewood; (Field 2); Colton vs. Aliso Niguel (Field 3).
1:30 p.m.: Newport Harbor vs. St. John Bosco (Field 1); Mayfair vs. Fountain Valley (Field 2); Tustin vs. Los Alamitos (Field 3).
3 p.m.: Garey vs. Marina (Field 1); Aliso Niguel vs. Westminster (Field 2); Lakewood vs. Huntington Beach (Field 3).